Item #13432 1948 Early Smokey Bear Fire Prevention Poster Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires

1948 Early Smokey Bear Fire Prevention Poster Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires

Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, 1948. James Hansen. 1st Edition. Very Good. Item #13432

A beautiful 1948 Smokey Bear Fire Prevention published in 1948, just four years after Smokey came into being.

The poster features four panels, each depicting the proper extinguishing of different fire catalysts, such as cigarettes, campfires and matches. Two other panels feature Smokey and his iconic 'Only you can prevent forest fires!"

Artist Albert Staehle is credited with creating the first Smokey Bear image in 1944.

James Hansen, the artist here, 'made him appear more “adult, rotund, and drawn in caricature.” - foresthistory.org

Mild wear, including pin holes, a few small corner creases and a 3/4" thin vertical tear along the top left edge, which appears to be damage created by a push pin.

This historic piece measures 13" X 18" and is perfect for framing and display!

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