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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Psst! Bear in a Ranger Hat?

Psst! Bear in a Ranger Hat?

April 1923. Washington, D.C. Another unlabeled Harris & Ewing plate, showing someone we imagine to be the bureaucrat tasked with kindling fire-prevention slogans. Say, does it seem a little smokey in here? View full size.

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Willy B has a perfect nose for holding an eyeglass frame in place.

Smokey Bear

I grew up in the Washington area hearing Smokey Bear (no "the" in his name) warn me about forest fires in the bass voice of radio announcer Jackson Weaver. And I would visit Smokey every time I went to the National Zoo. A singed bear cub from a fire in the Lincoln National Forest in NM in 1950 became the living representative of Smokey.

For years I thought this bear cub was the inspiration for Smokey Bear but since learned the character was introduced in 1942, about 22 years after this photo was taken.


He could have been Arnold Stang's dad.

William B. Greely

William B. Greely was the third Chief of the U. S. Forest Service (1920 - 1928). You can read more about him here.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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