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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

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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.


No sliding

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.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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