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!

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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″:

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!!!

  9. Ann-Marie Meyers says

    And for those who want to add their own personal touch, there are lots of Charley Harper cross stitch and needlepoint patterns out there. Here are two places you can find them, although if you google, you will find more. I am lucky enough to have a couple of exclusive ones in some old, old “Just Cross Stitch Magazines” that I have always intended to get around to doing, but never had the house for. Thanks for reminding me that now I do!



  10. Bird says

    Thanks so much for the tip! I’m a big Harper fan, so I couldn’t resist ordering the Atlantic Barrier Islands poster, although I note that this is the smaller version for sale in Nat Park Service store. (There is also a larger size)

  11. says

    Hi there; The National Post just ran an article about you and the website. I visited immediately and found the link to Charley Harper posters. I love his stuff. Bought the Todd Oldham book and have even found old Ford Times magazines at car shows and flea markets. I have just ordered 4 of his posters. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    • pam kueber says

      Hi, Pauline: Welcome!! That is so cool about the National Post. I have lived in Canada twice — so I have a special place in my heart for the country. Glad you have joined our little band here — and glad you found the Harper posters!!!!

  12. Elaine says

    I was inspired to complete my collection, got Sierra Range, Hawaii and Isle Royale. Now to find a place to put them!

  13. Amy says

    Thanks for the info…I found your site by accident b/c I was looking for links to buy the C. Harper cross stitch patterns and your blog came up b/c someone mentioned those sites. Just purchased the Hawaii, Canyon, Rocky Mt and Isle R. posters. I grew up in Cincinnati where Harper lived and he always did work for our local nature center. When I was small, I though he was their own personal artist! LOL! Had no idea he was so well known until I got older.

  14. says

    I ordered 2 posters and today I got 2 poster tubes in the mail. However, one of them was empty. Did this happen to anyone else? It’s kinda funny yet annoying at the same time.

  15. Peggy says

    I was just looking at those this morning at 40-50 bucks a piece and thought i coudnt afford them! Just bought two. Thanks Pam!

  16. Gina says

    Pam, this is the first time I’ve read your blog and I am so glad I did! I had no idea who Charley Harper was until I bought a calendar from Barnes and Noble a couple of months ago. These posters are such great find–big thanks to you and your readers for all of these tips! I am so excited to have made such a frugal purchase on a beautiful item.

  17. says

    Darn you Pam. I had to buy all that were available. I love Charley Harper art and have a first edition “Dinner for Two” cookbook that was illustrated by him. Thanks for making me spend some more money!

  18. bethc says

    Thanks so much for featuring these! As the (new) owner of a 1969-built home..with lots of the original features..and an avid hiker/camper, I LOVE these posters! It’s been tough to find the “right” artwork for our house and these are perfect. I just got myself a little early Christmas present!!

  19. Julie says

    Boo! Hiss! I received my posters today- all in crapola condition. Smashed corners, occasional rips and creases, they are all dusty, crusty and scratched, like they’ve been sitting on some government warehouse shelf for 30 years. Of course, nothing on the website or receipt…but my work order in the tube declared, “ALL SALES FINAL.” So disappointed. I’ll send them a message, but I imagine that the words “U.S. Government” and “Customer Service” rarely meet together in the same place.

  20. Laura says

    Received 4 of the 5 I ordered today; they all look *awesome.* No scuffing, rips, or anything the previous poster mentioned. Thanks for the awesome tip, Pam.

      • J says

        Strange customer service with the printing office. I had to upload photos of the damaged posters, then I received four more shipments, week after week, unprompted. Each one had a slightly different problem with rips and creases. But I still haven’t received one poster that was missing. For that one, I have gotten a postcard every week for 4 months now, stating it’s still on back order.

        • KLS says

          Look on the website for those backordered posters: I bet they’re not there at all, and you should cancel your order for them (I did for two).

    • pam kueber says

      okay, i think it was just clarified for me — there is a $120 version and a $25 version. Same book, I *think*.

      • D'Lynne Garner says

        I honestly did not know there was a “mini” version before posting. I do apologize. I still look forward to getting my mini version. At least then I’ll see if I want to invest in the larger version!

  21. Jane says

    I just scored a poster still available of Isle Royale for $14!!! I grew up on Lake Superior and our family visited there when I was a kid. We took the sea plane cause my dad never had the patience for a slow moving boat. These designs are amazing. I learn so much from your this site for my little 1955 brick ranch. Thank you.

  22. KLS says

    Pam, update: the Sierra Range and Alpine Northwest posters are out of stock (all gone!). I got the remaining six all placqued up for our brand new basement remodel: they are wonderful!

  23. Melody says

    Mine are looking good with a cheap $20 frame from IKEA. Glass and aluminum. I used a yardstick and craft knife to slice about a half inch off one side. You can’t even tell!

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