Charley Harper Posters

It’s easy to become blasé about the things you deal with on the job. For years, I’ve been seeing a variety of National Park Service posters whose design was along similar lines. They depicted stylized birds and animals, evoking, at least for me, a sort of Native American sensibility. I admit, though, that this is more thought than I actually put into them. If asked, I would have surmised vaguely that the stylistic resemblance was due to some kind of “look” the Park Service was trying to achieve, rather than because they were the work of a particular artist.

Recently, we reprinted a number of these posters and our content acquisition staff kept referring to them as “Charley Harper” posters. Then we got an inquiry from the depository library side of the house about “Charley Harper” posters. My first response: Who’s he? Well, Charley Harper (1922-2007) was a noted American artist, particularly esteemed for his wildlife posters, prints, and illustrations in a style he described as “minimal realism.” He’s also an eminently collectible artist, so once again Government publications suddenly appear in a new guise,  far removed from the tired old stereotype.

These posters are sold by stores in the various national parks and also are available from GPO. It’s easy to pick them out! To see all of the posters and handbooks produced by our Park Service colleagues in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, go here, where you’ll also find a link to the various parks associations that sell Park Service products.

6 Responses to Charley Harper Posters

  1. Burton says:

    I know this site presents quality depending content and
    other material, is there any other web site which presents these stuff in quality?


  2. antalya ilaclama says:

    the man who father of “minimal realism.”


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  4. CatsAngeleyes says:

    That’s a really neat picture. I have family in West Viriginia and they talk about Charley Harper. I’ll have to ask my uncle more about him. I am with Susan. I will have to check in to more about the Nat’l Parks. Thank you…


  5. Susan James says:

    on the …”go here.” in above blog, the link on the left to the NATIONAL PARKS 2009-2011 pub. is “page not found”.
    I wasn’t aware of all those Nat’l. Parks. Will check more out!


    • govbooktalk says:

      Thanks for the tip. I’ve told the Park Service about the broken link and they will fix it as soon as they can. This post barely scratches the surface of the Park System. I hope to talk more about these publications soon.


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