Black & white illustrations from government publications

The first post to this blog was Cover art from government documents. In this post I present art work from inside the covers of  government publications.

The name of the artist and citation for the publication are given below the images.

The first 2 drawings show the California condor in its habitat:
01 Robinson 1940
Artist: Harry Adamson. Publication: Robinson, Cyril S. Notes on the California condor collected on Los Padres National Forest, California. Forest Service. 1940.

02 Anon 1969
Artist: [Bob?] Hines. Publication: A detailed report on the Sespe Creek Project. Fish and Wildlife Service. 1969.

This is a representation of a Chumash Indian cave drawing:
03 Anon 1981
Artist: Unknown. Publication: Los Padres National Forest: an introduction. Forest Service. 1981.

Here is a straightforward sketch of a captive-reared chick interacting with a “parent” hand puppet:
04 Anon 1998
Artist: Uncredited. Publication: California condor: Gymnogyps californianus. Fish and Wildlife Service. 1998.

The remainder of the illustrations in this post come from the September-October 1983 issue of Outdoor California magazine, a publication of the California Department of Fish and Game. This special issue was devoted to the California condor.
05 Outdoor California 1983
Artist: Tom Waters.

The next 2 images are by school children:
06 Outdoor California 1983
Artist: Joann Oshiyama (4th grader).

07 Outdoor California 1983
Artist: Takako Suzuki (5th grader).

Below are 2 of the images from a set of 3 that illustrate the tracking of condors via radio transmitters on their wings:
08 Outdoor California 1983
Artist: Tony Pingitore.

This pointillist profile of a condor in flight is striking:
09 Outdoor California 1983
Artist: Susan Mockenhaupt.

This image showing the size of a condor is not as useful as it would have been 3 decades ago, when Volkswagen Beetles were everywhere:
10 Outdoor California 1983
Artist: Tony Pingitore.

(When I showed the image above to a friend, he immediately responded with a question: “How many condors can fit in a Volkswagen?” At some point in my youth, it was common to hear “How many X can fit in a Volkswagen?” where X could be just about anything.)

My sense is that images like those above — all from government publications — have largely been replaced by color photographs. Of course, those government publications are now more likely to be published online than on paper. While there is much to be said for color photography and online publication, these new technologies cannot fully replace art work on paper.