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Aug 9, 2014. - Feb 1, 2015.

70 Years of Smokey Bear

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This is Smokey Bear's debut poster. Drawn by Albert Staehle, it was released Aug. 9, 1944.

The Chrysler celebrates seven decades of an American icon—Smokey Bear, the well-known spokesbruin of the United States Forest Service.

A Virginia artist, Rudy Wendelin of Arlington, depicted the friendly firefighting bear with the ranger hat and shovel for four decades, and is often credited with immortalizing him in pop culture history.

This exhibition, which includes 19 Wendelin paintings of Smokey Bear, is organized by the Virginia Department of Forestry, with artwork on loan from the National Agricultural Library.