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Fire prevention posters

Posters have been an important part of forest fire prevention advertising since the 1930´s. There has been little change in the fire prevention message, but the posters themselves reflect the constantly changing styles, attitudes, and events in American culture.
Hundreds of different forest fire prevention posters have been produced over the years No complete archive exists and it is doubtful that all posters have even been catalogued.
The most important icon of forest fire prevention is, of course, Smokey Bear. Smokey first appeared on a 1944 poster by Albert Stahle; the bear has been a mainstay of fire prevention poster art ever since. Smokey posters are highly prized by collectors. The posters shown here are part of the SC Forestry Commission’s archived collection.