Press Release on Smokey Bear Arrival at National Zoo

ID: SIA2019-000020 and SIA2019-000021 and SIA2019-000022

Creator: United States Dept. of Agriculture Forest Service

Form/Genre: Document

Date: July 1950

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 326, Box 83, Folder 1

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Summary

Press release from the U.S. Forest Service on July 8, 1950, announces that the bear cub, Smokey, who was founding clinging to a tree in New Mexico after a forest fire, is traveling to Washington, D.C., as the official symbol of fire preventions. Letter from Lyle F. Watts, Chief of the U.S. Forest Service to William M. Mann, director of the National Zoological Park, on July 10, 1950, thanks the NZP for its work on programs around in the arrival of Smokey Bear at the National Zoo, transferred from the U.S. Forest Service. The bear cub became the symbol of forest fire prevention in the United States.

Author

United States Dept. of Agriculture Forest Service

Subject

  • Watts, Lyle F
  • Mann, William M. 1886-1960
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian Institution and United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

Consists of a press release and a letter documenting Smokey Bear's arrival at the National Zoo in July of 1950

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 326, Box 83, Folder 1

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

July 1950

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • Forest fire prevention
  • Smokey Bear
  • Advertising
  • Bears
  • Advertising--Forest fire prevention

Place

  • United States
  • Washington
  • DC

Form/Genre

  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2019-000020 and SIA2019-000021 and SIA2019-000022

Physical description

Number of Images: 3; Color: Color; Size: 11h x 8.5w; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper

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