"Be Careful with Matches" Ruler

ID: SIA2019-000023a and SIA2019-000023b

Creator: United States Dept. of Agriculture Forest Service

Form/Genre: Document

Date: c. 1956

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

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"Be Careful with Matches, with Smokes, with Any Fire" logo ruler with a drawing of two cubs climbing a tree with Smokey Bear standing in front of the tree. On the reverse is an 8" ruler that can be cut out and used to measure. Below the ruler on the back are five important rules to remember when handling fire. Created by the U.S. Forest Service as part of the Smokey Bear wildfire control campaign in the 1950s.


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Consists paper ruler for children to use

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

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


c. 1956

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


  • United States
  • Washington
  • DC


  • Document
  • Paper

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SIA2019-000023a and SIA2019-000023b

Physical description

Number of Images: 2; Color: Color; Size: 9.37h x 3.2w; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper

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