It must have been over a year ago now that I was invited to a yard sale thrown by the family of someone I knew from high school. There were a lot of cool things to look at, but in the end, I chose a large wooden crate (will feature in an upcoming post), a salad spinner (as a back-up for the one my kiddo was obsessed with at the time), and this laminated vintage Keep Oregon Green print.
These prints were once used as placemats in various Oregon restaurants, but my laminated version was kept in pristine condition. I think I paid three dollars for mine (but I found one site trying to garner $250 for one. Yikes!).
The print finally made it onto the wall earlier this month after I finished repainting the kitchen. By coincidence, the illustrator, Hugh Hayes, died at the end of June; his 99th birthday is tomorrow, August 1.
Much of Southern Oregon is consumed in smoke and wildfire right now. My fellas and I are up out of the smoke where we are in the state, but other family and friends can't see past their back fences, and the air quality is listed as hazardous, unhealthy, or worse.
A good reminder to keep Oregon (and everywhere else!) green.
Hugh Hayes also illustrated various images of Smokey the Bear. When Smokey says "Only YOU can prevent forest fires," he means it; as many as 95 percent of wildland fires in the United States are caused by humans. (Image credit)
You can download your own copy of the Keep Oregon Green image PDF here, courtesy of the Salem Statesman Journal, the Hayes family, and Keep Oregon Green.
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