Treasures from the Vault: Harry L. Rossoll

Born in 1909 in Norwich, Connecticut, Harry L. Rossoll dreamed of becoming an artist - so much so that he left high school early to continue his art studies. With an illustration career spanning 35 years, Rossoll is famously known for being one of several illustrators recognized as the creators of “Smokey Bear, ” America’s forest fire prevention mascot that generations of children have come to know and love. Rossoll created over 1,000 “Smokey Says” public service cartoons that were printed in more than 3,000 newspapers. Exhibited here are other examples Rossoll’s artistic talents that include oil and watercolor paintings.