C 1940s Field & Stream Lakes A Prospectus for Conservation Lands for Ducks Unlimited with Original Artwork & Photographs
(Ducks Unlimited)

Not Published, Custom-made portfolio, containing eight cardstock leaves; title page with hand water-color painting of ducks in marsh, surrounding typed information regarding this project, "Field & Stream Lakes DU Factory No. 170"; throughout, there is a declaration that "Field & Stream" (magazine publishers) will provide the funds for the project which "...will produce waterfowl by the thousands; earn the thanks and acclaim of North America's million duck-hunters; and raise an enduring monument to the cooperation which guarantees better duck flights to all sportsmen-everywhere..."; 2nd page with hand-color outline map of North America, depicting the area for the project which was in a large breeding ground in Canada; photographs of a man & vehicle on the next page depict "...the range which "Field & Stream Lakes" will transform into a duck-producing project..."; p. 4 with 4 photographs of ducks in flight, and on the water, with details on construction of "...head-gates to divert water from main canals; secondary canals (with chutes, culverts, etc.) to direct flow to our permanent lakes; dams, dykes and other works to control lake levels..." and mentioning DU progress on restoring 'phantom water' habitats; p. 5 with another watercolor outline illustration, with a beautiful pair of ducks in flight, describing how the funds provided will survey, design and manage, construct and negotiate with the Canadian government and neighbors regarding the project, the last of the numbered 'points' "... 9. Put on the wing multiplied masses of ducks each season."; p. 6 with four photographs gives some history on the efforts of DU and showing some earthmoving equipment with Ducks Unlimited signage and also dams, and other construction on DU sites (this page with some pencil notations-as for a possible printing of this Prospectus); P. 7 with 5 snapshots with a list of the agencies and groups that have been cooperated with in the past by DU, including the Fish & Wildlife Service, Wildlife Institute, Canadian government agencies, Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Admin., "DU Kee-men," Canadian and American sportsmen; we speculate that this project never came to fruition, at least in this form. Ducks Unlimited began in 1937 and while this is not dated, internal evidence mentioning progress from 1938 and also from an included dated photographic map of the proposed area (1945), 8" x 10" gives a circa mid-1940s possible dating for the item; World War II needs may have prevented the finalizing of the project, Field & Stream may have not 'gone' for the funding or many other possible scenarios; all the plate pages contained in a 10 " x 13" approx. size dark green cloth portfolio with a Ducks Unlimited illustration paste-down label and "Field & Stream Lakes' title; some edge, tips wear and rubbing to the portfolio; some dustiness and soiling to plates; all photos present; contents in very good condition and an interesting mid-twentieth century conservation and duck-hunting ephemeral history item; while there is no artist noted on the plates, the artistic effort is of professional quality Good H (Item ID: 19357)


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