8 Charley Harper posters — straight from U.S. Government original stockpiles — cheap, free shipping, no tax!

Wow, here is a fantastic find: EIGHT Charley Harper posters originally produced for the National Park Service in 1986, 1990 and 1994, still available for sale from the Government Printing Office. The posters cost from $12 to $19, and get this: There is no cost for shipping and no tax! The eight, apparently still remaining from depleted stock are for the Glacier Bay, Rocky Mountains, Atlantic Barrier Islands, Canyon Country, The Alpine Northwest, the Sierra Range, Hawaii and Isle Royal. I snapped up one of each snap, crackle, pop!

charley harper poster

With Charley Harper so popular today, there are a number other sites online selling these posters for as much as $50. I looked quick — and these seem to be the very same posters
that you get from Uncle Sam. Many thanks to reader Elaine, who pointed out this great deal when we were began talking earlier today about how expensive mid century modern decor has gotten. She saw the “Atlantic Barrier Islands” poster that I put in my ebay carousel. It’s on the ‘bay for $25. Gougers!

Okay, so now I have to walk you, step-by-step, where to order each of the posters, because they do not seems to be in one easy place on the government websites. And note, as you look at the listing — Some posters are 39″ x 29″, some are 24″ x 17″:

(UPDATE: Some of the links now broken but I’ll leave them up for now so you can see the original list posted.)

If you want to see larger images, I found some on this site – which stocks these at $50! – and where you can also see some of the old stock poster we missed out on boo hoo.

Finally –take a look at this humongous book about Charley Harper — written just recently by Todd Oldham, who is a huge fan of this famous mid century modern artist.


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  1. Tina says

    Thanks for the tip! While I didn’t buy the Charley Harper posters, I indulged my silliness and purchased a set of Homeland Security Threat Level Signs/Posters. I just couldn’t help myself. 🙂

  2. Heidi Swank says

    I picked up the Atlantic Barrier Islands and Canyon Country. Beautiful. I love Charley Harper. We used his holiday cards last year. Nice nice nice.

    Thanks Pam!

  3. flaca says

    i picked up the canyon & sierra range pieces. thanks for sharing – we’re fixing up our own 1960 ranch in Southern CA but don’t have a lot of funds for artwork! I love CH and am so excited about these! Since I’m a political organizer (ahem) I also had to pick up a set of the Homeland Security posters as well. Sweet find! Thanks!

    • pam kueber says

      No, Joe, there are only 3 — the Harpers Ferry place directs you to the site I listed, the U.S. Government Printing Office. Thanks for the tip, though!

        • Joe says

          Yes, you go to the link I show then do a word search *in* your browser for “Harper”. You’ll see a search total of 10. Two are the same poster in two sizes and the 10th Harper is Harper in Harpers Ferry (not a poster). So 9 posters.

          For a fantastic modern way to hang posters, check out Posterhänger by Jørgen Møller out of Arizona.


          While very cool, I would not recommend hanging valuable posters using the Posterhänger device as it does not protect the paper at all. But temporarily like a gallery (where I use it), office, up very high, in a dorm room/first apartment, or for an inkjet print or in a very clean home with no kids, its pretty cool. Way better than poster putty, tape, or pins (never!) or other botch approaches.

          Sizes range from 12 inch at $15 up to 72 inch at $80 for the device. The 32 inch at $20 would be fine for the 29 inch poster. The 18 inch at $16 for the 17 inch wide.

    • says

      My husband got me 3 Harper posters for Christmas last year from the same website and I love them! I agree with Joe, there are more than three available if you do a search for “Harper” in the search bar (upper right-hand corner). I see The Rocky Mountains (2 sizes), Alpine Northwest, Atlantic Barrier Islands, Canyon Country, Sierra Range.

      • says

        [ PS ] If anyone here has a resource for reasonably-priced large poster frames, I’d really appreciate it! I have the smaller Rocky Mountains poster (17″x24″) and it fits the $19.99 RIBBA frame nicely with some room to spare. The large posters are 29″x39″ and my local IKEA’s largest frame only goes up to 28 ¼ ” x 40 ¼ “.

        • KLS says

          If you want a real frame with glass, you’re SOL as far as doing that inexpensively if the poster isn’t standard size. I used Plakit, a better fit for my budget and also needs (will be hanging posters in basement with little kids playing and don’t want broken glass everywhere).

  4. Cheryl says

    I want all of these but I have no wall space! I bought the Desert poster from the Harper website and the book from Amazon a few months ago. The book is amazing. I don’t remember paying as much for it as it appears to cost on Amazon right now, but there’s one coming out for $19.99 if you search Amazon. I didn’t know anything about Charley Harper until I saw his cardinal artwork on a Christmas card in a bookstore. Thanks for the tip, Pam!

  5. Elaine says

    I framed my posters myself with supplies from a local art store. I got frame kits and foamcore and some kind of spray on tacky glue. If you ask for help, they will tell you what is best to use. Cut the foam core to size, spray on the glue to adhere the posters, then make the frames from the frame kits and put the backed posters in. Done! After some 20 years, I need to take them apart and reglue them, though. I have several pix of them in my time capsule house. They still look great!

    • Elaine says

      I just checked at Utrechtart.com. Neilson frame kits are available in sizes by inch by inch up to 40 inches, so we can get the right size for these posters. Each package contains two sides of the frame, about $12 each package.

  6. Kyle says

    Oh Charley! Makes me proud to live in Cincinnati, and only about 5 miles away from his amazing mid-century home. My girlfriend and I started collecting Harpers about a year ago, and have been so lucky to end up with 14 original signed serigraphs from estate sales all around town! Recently we started collecting some posters also. We just LOVE his work. We even named our little red husky puppy Harper! Thanks for the poster tip!!

  7. Cheryl says

    sSo Excited! Love this art and poster are such an inexpensive way to decorate. Thanks so much for sharing the information!

    • pam kueber says

      oh oh : See the update in the Comments (just two above). Jen found Hawaii on a different part of the gov website — it’s a beauty, too!

  8. says

    This is fantastic! I just got “Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life” by Todd Oldham from my university’s library. It’s a huge book, but fantastic! Filled with Charley’s art, cover to cover – a must read! His art is wonderful and works just about anywhere! Plus, now I have a great Christmas gift for my daughter. Her family goes down to a beach near the barrier islands every year, and her house is “beachy.” Even though her tastes and mine are different, I think she’ll love the Atlantic Barrier Islands poster! Anyway, thanks for letting us know about the posters, Pam!

    • says

      Oops, I was so enamored with being able to get the posters, I didn’t even read down far enough to see that you had a link to the book listed! But I will say again – wonderful book, hard to put down!

    • Cheryl says

      The Desert poster is gorgeous indeed – we lived in Tucson for a long time and it looked like Charley sat right in our yard and drew it. For those who are wondering how to frame the really big ones, we found a poster frame at Michael’s, I think, that was about 1/2 inch too narrow, so we reluctantly trimmed the edges of the poster to make it fit. The frame is cheap plastic but it’s better than nothing.

    • pam kueber says

      Thank you, Pam. But readers are the truly awesome ones here: Thanks to Elaine for the initial tip — and to the other readers like Joe and Jen and Kristy who found the four more posters that were “hidden” on the usgov websites!!!

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