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Meet the National Parks’ ‘Ranger of the Lost Art
Hi Doug. I want to thank you for introducing yourself to me a few months ago where I work at Bachs nursery. I have seen your posters many times over the years but did not know the history behind them. As an avid hiker I always asked the question “who built this trail?” Mile after mile after mile. Trail after trail after trail. I knew it had to be a huge operation, but only a few years ago I got my answer. The CCC. I’m embarrassed it took me that long. I have since had an interest in the CCC and I keep learning new things. My grandfather was in the CCC, and a young woman who occasionally comes in the nursery is currently in the CCC. I enjoy visiting with her and her experiences. So When I explored your website and found the relationship between your posters and the CCC I was amazed by this! I have a new interest in the WPA also now. My Mom knew about the WPA and CCC when I asked her. She always talks of FDR and how great he was. I watched your donation of posters to The Department of the Interior museum. Thank you for all you have done. None of this would be possible without you. Remarkable! I now have your Grand Canyon and Saguaro posters and will be getting more. Thank you for opening another door for me. I hope to see you at the nursery again sometime. Thanks again. Tom Fischer
Many years ago we came across your posters while visiting National Parks and purchased them as souveniers of our travels. I think the first we got were Zion and the See America WPA poster of Arches in one of the National Park giftshops. When we got home and went to have them framed we were told these are highy quality prints and you should pay to have them mounted with mats on an acid acid free backer. At the time this was an expensive decision for us but I'm glad we did. Years have pased and we now have 12 Ranger Doug posters in our home, the large majority for parks we have visited. Your decision to expand the range beyond the initial WPA series is wonderful; the new designs capture the spirit of the originals, and the places represented. Bryce and Canyonlands are master pieces. The original idea of the WPA projects echoes a hard time in America's past during which the Government stepped up to help the country. The message of See America is as valid today as it was during the depression. I hope your company continues to make this wonderful work available for many years to come.
Ranger Doug, I just received my order of six posters, including the limited edition Yellowstone set. Having seen your work in several National Park stores, I decided to order some of my favorite parks from you directly, as these posters are not always easy to find. Your online pictures of these posters do not do any justice to the vibrant colors on the posters themselves. I am blown away by the work you have done to create and re-create these works of art! Absolutely stunning is an understatement! Truly magnificent; well done, Sir! For anyone who is pondering a purchase, I highly recommend that you do not hesitate. $45 is a pittance for art of this quality made in the USA. You will not regret purchasing any of these beautiful posters. Very high quality. Regards, Keith Tighe
Hello Ranger Doug! My order arrived today and I'm absolutely delighted! The stickers and postcards I ordered were meticulously packed, and arrived safe, sound, and much faster than anticipated. Most of all, their quality is top notch! Thank you for producing such beautiful works of art at affordable prices (especially considering they're made in the USA!).... Keep up the great work and I'll be sure to request your merchandise at every National Park visitor center I visit, and recommend you to all my friends and family. Thanks again and stay well!
Mr. Leen, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! My whole family loves the National Parks and we love your work – both the posters and the work that you are doing. I have bought many of your work at every national park we visit. They show prominently at our homes. My son and I dream of going to as many of the parks and monuments as we can before we kick the bucket. Your posters are a reminder of the beauty of these places and the dedication of so many to preserve the beauty of this country. I wish you a very long life so that we may continue to see your works of art for as long as possible.
Dear Mr. Leen, I wanted to write you personally to thank you for the wonderful National Park prints you donated to the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia. They proudly line the entrance hallway of our Embassy – so every visitor has a chance to see them – as well as hang in the U.S. Ambassador’s residence. Americans and Slovaks share a love of the outdoors, nature, and national parks. These prints symbolize this shared value in a compelling way. Thank you for donating them to us to showcase the beauty and diversity of America’s national parks and monuments. Should the chance arise, we would love to host you in Bratislava. With our best wishes for your continued work to find and preserve these national treasures. Sincerely, Bridget Brink
Hello Doug! This is Ranger Shelton Johnson from Yosemite National Park. Thanks Doug for keeping this important and beautiful history alive! These vintage posters are the living color of bygone days, and still hold on to a light that has left this world. Your work shepherding that illumination back into our consciousness is appreciated! Sincerely, Shelton
Mr. Leen, In November of 2015, you and I emailed back and forth on a request for stickers for a classroom idea I had: The Sticker Wall. You generously gave of your stickers. This morning I woke up to a text message from a colleague—“You’ll love this article”; it was the NYTimes article “Ranger of the Lost Art”. I stopped by my parents today (socially distancing for health reasons) and my dad immediately held up his section of the NYTimes—“Tom, you’ll love this article”; it was the same article. Amazing. I wanted to take a moment and congratulate you on your recognition. I told my three daughters, just ten minutes ago, as I waved the newspaper in front of them, that the three WPA postcards we have framed on our wall are the very same WPA-type works that are written about in this article! And I told them that you, Mr. Leen, have a vision that we support in our home here in Pittsburgh, Pa. I simply wanted to send along our email thread. All those years ago you cared. All those years ago you responded. All those your ago you shared and helped me. I cannot thank you enough. You deserved such national recognition. Your tide finally, truly, deservedly came in. Enjoy it. Thank you. Tom Mooney
I just received an order of the postcards I purchased and they were even more eye-catching than I hoped. I plan to have them framed as soon as possible. Kudos to keeping alive a nice tribute to national monuments and Art Deco in general.
My name is Nathan and I am a frequent visitor of the national parks and avid adventurer. I started collecting WPA posters and postcards the past few years and I must say they are my favorite souvenir wherever I go. Your artwork inspired me to create a WPA inspired poster for my local hiking trails in Whittier, CA. I am almost done, and I will send you a copy when I am finished. Just want to say thank you to you and your team for continuing to produce these magnificent posters for all nature lovers to enjoy. Take care, Nathan Blaikie
I've been traveling with my family to National Parks for years, and we've often commented to each other about your posters when we've seen them in park bookstores. When my oldest recently moved into his first house in Houston (he went to school at Rice and now works in Houston as an environmental engineer) I ordered your RMNP poster as his first piece of art. He was thrilled as we've hiked and backpacked all over Rocky, including climbing Longs, but his first comment was that it came with a Big Bend postcard telling him the poster was from me. He spent a couple spring breaks backpacking Big Bend so your choice, whether intentional as the closest park to Houston or random draw, was appropriate! I also appreciate the RMNP postcard you sent to me with a copy of the invoice . . . that's fantastic customer service. Thanks for great pieces of art that remind us of the places we've shared incredible experiences. Jeff
Greetings! I just spent a considerable time on your site. I have to say it was great finding you. I had discovered you after a spring break vacation and ended up getting the General Grant sticker for our car. At that point, I wanted to find a few others, but some gift shops did not have them. Tonight I found your site and I was not only able to get the Sequoia sticker, I then decided to pick up stickers that we have visited. I am stoked that I am going to be able to show them off on our ride we use most often to visit these places. Thanks so much for preserving the retro look and feel of these parks.
I initially found your posters in Yosemite and purchased The Mariposa Grove poster and looks great framed. I immediately knew these were quality serigraphs and not some cheap printed junk. I have just received The Hawaii volcanoes poster that I ordered from your website and the quality and colors are stunning! Thanks, will be ordering more soon!
Recently I wanted a bunch of the National Park vintage postcards, like one of each. My advice is to sell the whole group as one big post card set. But you guys suggested a way to get all of them and refund me back $15 dollars postage as well. Brilliant advice (the refund posted today). The package was sent with speedy delivery too. If anyone is considering ordering here I would recommend doing business with the Ranger Doug folks.
Just wonderful, Ranger Doug! I was delighted to receive 4 postcard-sized prints of these as a perk for donating to a non-profit organization. Thank you for helping to preserve these WPA images for us and for making them available to future generations of Americans. I know where my 2017 engagement calendar will be coming from. Sincerely, Beevo
I saw the sidebar about your reproductions of national parks posters in Outside magazine and was glad to see that the original artwork was being saved. Grand Teton National Park has always been a special place for me, so I ordered the Grand Teton poster with high expectations and was not disappointed. A beautiful poster! Thanks for saving some history.
I just wanted to let you know what a big fan I am of your artwork. The posters and post cards are absolutely stunning and of superior quality. I recently bought the set of Contemporary Post Cards and couldn't be more pleased. I also have a few of the posters adorning the walls in my house. Thank you so much for making these products available!!!! -- Bill
I purchased 4 of your posters back in January, then purchased some hand-made, mission style white oak frames to go with them. Finally I have enough $$ to get them properly matted and framed. While searching for the images, I found an imposter website, making WPA-esque posters that have actual photographs in the background. Yuck. To my eye, the beauty of your posters is that they harken back to a simpler time in our country, and a timeless illustration style that will NEVER be out-of-date. Kudos to you for putting in the time & effort to reproduce these posters so faithfully. I will be a repeat customer, and put your clever sticker on the back on my motorcycle, which will be headed to Glacier Natl. Park this summer! Thanks again.
The posters and stickers arrived yesterday in excellent shape. Thank you for your prompt response to my order. They were packaged and protected very well. However, most of all they were beautifully reproduced. I became aware of them from the article which appeared in the Dec/Jan 2016 issue of the Country Magazine. It was an excellent article about how Doug Leen found an original WPA poster for Jenny Lake and Grand Teton National Park where I had worked in the early 1960's. Thank you Doug for your pursuing the reproduction and history of the many historic WPA posters.
I was thrilled to attend your talk today and regret that I had to leave quickly without really getting to chat. The work you do with the art is wonderful and it sounds as though your work as a dentist would be quite inspiring to hear about as well. I've been a fan of your work for a few years having seen it in various park shops and am so happy that you are out there tracking down these works and promoting them as well as preserving the originals. My biggest regret is that your talk was so limited. I could tell that you have so many stories about people, events, government, and the art that you had to hold back. I'm hoping that I'll be able to see you present in a longer form one day. It is incredible to meet someone who is responsible for preserving such an interesting and important piece of our country's history: the meeting place of art (supported by the government!) and nature. Please keep up the good work.
Discovered on my visit to Grand Canyon National Park. A gem of design and wondrous in it's execution! I have added Rocky Mtn National park this week. I plan on visiting as many parks and monuments as I can so I can display even more of this beautiful art. Thank you for your restoration and enthusiasm for these gems of the WPA.
I was watching the latest episodes of Parks and Recreation. I was so pleased to see Ranger Doug WPA posters as part of the set, I've been collecting for years! So proud!
We have 6 Ranger Doug prints in our house already and we ordered 8 more from National Parks that we've been to over the past few years. People always comment on the 4 we have hanging in our family room (we've had them there for 7 years). The vibrant colors and beauty make me smile and remind me of wonderful vacactions and beautiful places. Of the 8 we recently ordered, I can't wait to hang the Everglades one in my kitchen. The Denali and Hawaii ones are stunning too and I can't wait to hang them in my family room too. The quality is terrific.
Hello! I saw your prints at Denali....loved them so much, great idea to rekindle this beautiful art, and to do this so well. Best wishes, Keith
On behalf of the Department of the Interior, I want to thank you for your generous donations of original design and reproduction serigraph prints to the Office of the Secretary Art Collection. This set is a wonderful addition to the Collection through the Art-In-Office Program. It is through donations such as yours, especially by the nature of your artwork, that we are reminded how the work we do affects the public. Your commitment to preserving our shared history is admirable. Knowledge of these Work Projects Administration (WPA) poster designs would certainly be greatly diminished had you not become interested in them back in 1973. The National Park Service and United States Travel Bureau serigraphs that you create have enhanced the legacy of this onetime WPA Project. The Department appreciates your efforts and we look forward to seeing your future designs.
I am originally from Palmer, Alaska and I have always had a connection to the State, even though I live in Washington full time now. I saw the Mount McKinley print at Ranger Doug and I fell in love! I ordered it and the print is so stunning in person. It has beautiful blended colors and is so beautiful. This blending technique allows my print to be completely unique and entirely special to me. Thank you so much Ranger Doug! I love it. I do wish that they were signed and editioned by the printer...that would be nice
Love your work! How about Mammoth Cave NP?
Thank you for doing what you do. Your work is beautiful and I enjoy my prints everyday.
What a national treasure the original posters are - it's amazing they languished in obscurity for so many years! The efforts you've made to recover these posters - and to make them available to the public again - are wonderful. And the creation of new posters in the grand style is a marvelous tribute to the originals. My wife and I have small children and are just beginning to plan a series of visits to the National Parks with them - just as our parents did with us when we were young. These posters will be wonderful inspirations now - and later mementos of - those trips! Keep 'em coming!
Ranger Doug, I discovered your posters several years ago on a tip to a national park (Grand Canyon I think). I just wanted to give you a big thank you for all the work to restore these old posters and bring them back to life. Every time I go to a park, I collect the poster of the park I visit. I've got about 6 now and have 3 more to order soon (stopped trying to carry them out with me when I travel so they don't get damaged)! My mom used to work for the Forestry Service as a graphic illustrator so these remind me of her time there and my time visiting her at the office as a small child and seeing Smoky the Bear and Woodsy the Owl! Anyway, just wanted to pop a quick note to you so you know how much they are appreciated! Thanks! Jenn R
I love your work. I unknowingly bought the B&N calender back in 2009 and tonight I dug it out of my basement. I could never get rid of it because I still love the art work and tonight I refreshed my memory of the story behind it. I was thrilled to find your web page and even more so about the poster I had not yet seen. I lived in Florida for a few years and was pleasantly surprised to see the Everglades National Park..... They are all so beautiful!