Wildlife artist J. Suroviec incorporates this Mail Pouch Barn era into his own works and remembers as a child seeing the barns. His roots in Northwestern Pennsylvania came into play recently when he took some of the barns and incorporated his own brand of wildlife artwork into the old barns. Joe said,” I see the old ghosted out barns in the countryside and remember a time when they were freshly painted. “Now the barns are usually a remembrance of a time passed. Many have fallen into a state of severe disrepair” and some have even collapsed from age”. “I wanted to take my artwork and incorporate these old barns into it to remind people of that time gone by and to sort of re connect with those who remember these barns and where they themselves were at in their own lives when they saw their first Mail Pouch Barn”.
“The old barns are now an important wildlife haven as wildlife has adapted more to living together with man these days out of sheer necessity”. “ From red-tailed hawks who nest behind old roadside billboards to barn owls, raccoons, possums, skunks, deer and a host of other birds and animals, these old barns are an important part of our own history and provide a much needed respite for our native wildlife who has to deal with their own shrinking natural areas in which they have to survive”.