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Virginia artist Rudy Wendelin (1910-2000) joined the U.S. Forest Service in the early 1930s and helped launch the Smokey the Bear campaign in the late 1930s - now the lonest running public service campaign in U.S. history. He portrayed Smokey in literally hundreds of promotional pieces which encouraged conservation of natural resources, and forest fire prevention. This collection consists of pirmary sketches from Wendelin's personal collection. These are drafts retained by Wendelin himself -- working copies that show the creative process in action, in which the realistic cub bear drawings evolved into the human-like figure in blue jeans that the public came to know and love. There are 46 original pencil draft drawings in varying sizes ranging from approximately 6" x 8½" to 11" x 12" and featuring multiple sketches or panels of Smokey in different firefighting activites complete with captions. Some tell a story, comic strip style, while others are single images. Condition ranges from very good to near fine. Included are two pencil drawings of the actual Smokey cub, detailed and realistic -- quite possibly the first drawings of Smokey accomplished by Wendelin. There is also a heavy stock glossy 8" x 10" black and white photograph showing baby Smokey in 1950 being flown from Santa Few, New Mexico, where New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Ranger Ray Bell and his family were nursing him back to thealth, to the National Zoo in Washington, DC. There is also a remarkable 5-page autograph letter signed from Wendelin, 8½" x 11", on yellow ruled paper, dated March 15, 1997. He titles the first page "Reflection on visit of Tim Beatty, F[orest] S[ervice] - Symbols Director." Second and third pages are titled, "A lesson for every camper," and consist of the tale of a family camping and coming upon an old forest fire site. The fourth and fifth pages consist of forest fire ruminations, each paragraph beginning with "Only... green, healthy forests and woodlands can" - followed by various observations, concluding with "Smokey's message of forest fire prevention is never out of date." Accompanied by a 2-page original typescript by Wendelin, unsigned, titled "Reflections by Rudolph Wendelin for the Hot Food Teddy Convention, Capitan, NM - July,1999" and containing further provocative comments. An extraordinary letter, never published. There is also a second autograph letter signed from Wendelin, 1p, 6" x 8½", 17 March 1995 discussing various Smokey Bear projects and products. Mentions, "Enclosed is a copy of rough draft - comments & reflections on latest ... from what's happening, we are apparently not on the best standing with the S[mokey] B[ear] office." Enclosure is present, a 13-page detailed type commentary on issues and disputes regarding the licensing of Smokey Bear products. Accompanied by A Walk in the Woods, a mockup of a 1995 book that was apparently never published, and features text by Janet Doe and illustrations by Wendelin. 12" x 8½", ca. 16 pages. Some pages consist of color photocopies of Wendelin watercolors, with text portions blocked out, while several pages consist of original Wendelin pencil sketches of Smokey in wilderness setting and caoptions with text areas blocked out. Four pages at conclusion consist of original Wendelin pastel and ink drawings showing Smokey finding shelter for cubs and a deer during a forest fire - quite striking and beautiful. This mockup is accompanied by a thick sheaf of photocopies and color snapshots of these and other mockup leaves. Also included are a few commemorative items such as a First Day Cover honoring the 1984 issuance of the 20-cent "Smokey" stamp with ornamental cachet (signed by Wendelin) as well as FDCs bearing the "John Muir Conservationist" 5-cent stamp and "Forest Conservation" 4-cent stamp with "Happy Birthday, Smokey!" commemorative cachet at left, each signed by Wendelin. Also a color postcard, 6" x 4", of Wendelin's 1989 painting, "Dear Smokey..." showing Smokey retrieving fan mail from his mailbox as two playful cubs climb over the mailbox, signed by Wendelin at lower left, and "A tribute to Rudolph Wendelin: artist and guardian of Smokey Bear," a heavy card stock 8½" x 5½" ten-page booklet issued in 1995, signed and inscribed by Wendelin on front cover. An extraordinary archive chronicling the development of this iconic and beloved public relations character who became an important symbol in the environmental movement.
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