Here are some old photos of the original Smokey the Bear costume. The fire fighting bear recently turned 70. Happy Birthday, Smokey!
This is Rudolph Wendelin, the artist who developed Smokey. He’s posing with a Smokey costume used in a Macy’s Parade in the late 1940’s. Smokey the Bear has certainly helped prevent many fires over the years. 70 years later, his message is still as important as ever. Remember… only YOU can prevent forest fires.