Albert Staehle is considered one of America's Greatest Animal illustrators. He was the creator of Smokey the Bear and his beloved real-life dog, BUTCH, appeared on 55 Saturday Evening Post and American Weekly Magazine covers. He has also created many other ads and illustrations such as the Swan for Swan Soap. His work is now part of Americana.
The first |Smokey and Albert Staehle, Illustrator
Albert Staehle created the first Smokey Bear posters as a donation to the U.S. Forestry Department. The first was in 1944. There were several others from 1944 to 1946.
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