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Curator's Corner: An Artistic File Clerk

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In February 1950, with Doug Swanson’s prototype patch as a guide, Mary Westfall, a file clerk in Juneau, Alaska, drew two watercolor designs for Regional Director Clarence Rhode. She drew one with a male mallard duck in flight and one with a Canada goose. Rhode thought that the Canada goose design “would be ideal for use as a shoulder patch and for decals on Service aircraft.” Director Al Day approved the final design. In 1952, a patch was made from the marriage of her design and that of Doug Swanson. It was used first in Alaska in 1958, then Region 2 in 1959. It, along with the taupe uniform, became official for the entire Service with the adoption of the National Uniform Policy on June 30, 1962. Special thanks to retiree Jim Shaw for all the information he has sent me about patches and uniforms.

Jeanne M. Harold, curator of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Museum and Archives at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, says the history surrounding the objects in the museum gives them life.

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  • This article is from the fall issue of Fish & Wildlife News, our quarterly magazine.

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