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Ford Times Prints

Giving Wings to Our Feathered Friends

A Ford Times Retrospective

In the early 1950s Charley Harper was asked by Arthur Lougee, Art Director of Ford Times (a lifestyle publication from Ford Motor Company), to paint some of our feathered friends. It was then that Charley took his first close look at birds as subject matter and the creation of the legendary Ford Times Bird Series was born. Charley recalled, "Art Lougee asked me to paint a feeding station for birds. I told him that I didn't know what he was talking about—back on the farm, birds had seemed perfectly capable of feeding themselves." So the art director sent Charley a sample feeding station to examine, and the rest was history.

Popular demand for the images resulted in Charley creating hand-pulled silk-screen (serigraph) prints in his basement and selling them to the public out of his studio and by mail order. The earliest of these bird prints (1954) were available through the magazine, for as little as $4.50 each, plus shipping; Charley continued to produce the series until 1960. Most of the images were sold out long ago, with very limited stock of a few images still available today. Charley made no more than 100 to 250 of any individual image, making these mid-century marvels some of his most limited and most sought-after by collectors. To better explain the simplistic form of his subject matter, Charley has been quoted as saying, "And so I have never counted the feathers in the wings, for that is not what my pictures are about. I just count the wings."

—Charley Harper Art Studio




Product Image Item Name- Price
Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Of all bird architects, the Baltimore Oriole seems most aware that form follows function and that bird nests are for birds. Her classic pendulous nest is formed with sensitive engineering and...
$1,200.00

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Bank Swallow

Bank Swallow

Dig this crazy architecture! Bank Swallows nest in cooperative apartments with sieve-like facades, excavated with beak and claw in the clay or sand of river banks, gravel pits, highway cuts and...
$900.00

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Barn Owl

Barn Owl

Image Size: 18"x13" Paper Size: 20"x15"
$695.00

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Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow

No barn is complete without Barn Swallows. Commuting jet-like from hayloft "subirdia" to work in the meadow, they distribute good cheer in the barnyard and bad news to flying insects. Expert masons,...
$595.00

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Barn Swallow II

Barn Swallow II

Image Size: 18"x13" Paper Size: 20"x15"
$995.00

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Black & White Warbler

Black & White Warbler

Image Size: 18"x13" Paper Size: 20"x15"
$1,100.00

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Black-Billed Magpie

Black-Billed Magpie

Gay, braggartly, pilfering, the Magpie is the Capone of the Plains. He puts up a half-bushel, two door, reinforced-mud ranchhouse and has the shortest of widowhoods - up to twenty-four hours. He goes...
$395.00

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Black-Capped Chickadee

Black-Capped Chickadee

Image Size: 18"x13" Paper Size: 20"x15"
$900.00

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Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

The Blackburnian shouts, "Here am I - count me." He is one of Nature's specific statements, never to be dismissed as "some kind of a warbler." Fifty-three other species of warblers swell the migrant...
$2,500.00

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Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Image Size: 18"x13" Paper Size: 20"x15"
$1,450.00

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Brown Creeper

Brown Creeper

Image Size: 18"x13" Paper Size: 20"x15"
$995.00

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Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl

Charley Harper Original Ford Times Serigraph Paper Size 20 1/2" x 15" Image Size 18 1/2" x 13" (C) Estate of Charley Harper 2008 Vintage prints may have foxing and other imperfections due to age.
$595.00

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Cactus Wren

Cactus Wren

When a six-year-old tourist asks, "What for is a cactus?" this wren is your answer. He lives in it. He also lives in the zizyphus bush. A homebody with a passion for real estate, he builds several...
$395.00

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California Condor

California Condor

Like the Burying Beetle and the Vulture, the California Condor works at preserving our country's fragrance, while utilizing the dead in the cycle of life. But when the news got out, around 1900, that...
$495.00

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California Mountain Quail

California Mountain Quail

Time bomb of the timeless sierra, the Mountain Quail has a proximity fuse set for three feet. He explodes like a cubist painting of a Mountain Quail exploding, quickening the pulse, rocketing...
$595.00

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Cardinal and Seed

Cardinal and Seed

A Cardinal adds his blazing exclamation point at the end of a fresh snowfall. The Christmas Count reveals that this scene is becoming increasingly common because the Cardinal is expanding his range...
$995.00

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Cardinal with Berries

Cardinal with Berries

Image Size: 18"x13" Paper Size: 20"x15"
$995.00

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Carolina Paroquet

Carolina Paroquet

Once abundant in the southeastern coastal states, the Carolina Paroquet occasionally flashed his tropical colors in the winter-worn North. He was fond of fruits and seeds, a safe diet until the white...
$395.00

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Catfish

Catfish

Image Size: 18"x13" Paper Size: 20"x15"
$595.00

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Crappie

Crappie

Image Size: 18"x13" Paper Size: 20"x15"
$395.00

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Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Image Size: 18"x13" Paper Size: 20"x15"
$995.00

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Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

The Kingbird is one of the Tyrant Flycatchers, Tyrannidae - America's largest bird family - 365 different species. But this feathered gadfly is less a tyrant than a foe of tyranny, for he strikes...
$495.00

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Eastern Meadowlark

Eastern Meadowlark

A bird's-eye-view of the Meadowlark's nest reveals nothing. In the dark green world at the bottom of the meadow, she fashions an arched-over cup of dead grass which she enters like an oven. Carrying...
$595.00

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Eskimo Curlew

Eskimo Curlew

In autumn the Eskimo Curlew fueled up on berries and snails and flew the Atlantic non-stop, from the New England Coast to South America; in spring the breeding instinct drew him back to the Barren...
$895.00

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Everglade Kite

Everglade Kite

The Everglade Kite ranges from South America to Florida, but he may soon be lost to us. On whispering wings he rides the marsh thermal at grasstop level, searching for his only source of nourishment,...
$300.00

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Feeding Station

Feeding Station

Image Size: 13"x18" Frame Size: 15"x20"
$1,200.00

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Flamingo 1958

Flamingo 1958

Of the millions of Flamingos in America today, only a handful are alive. The rest are front-lawn effigies, proclaiming to all passers-by our national love for beauty. Countless businesses commemorate...
$995.00

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Flounder & Angelfish (Sole & Angelfish)

Flounder & Angelfish (Sole & Angelfish)

This illustration, like the rest of this collection, was originally created for the Ford Motor Company's Ford Times magazine. Size:17"x11"
$395.00

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Goldfinch

Goldfinch

Image Size: 18"x13" Frame Size: 20"x15"
$995.00

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Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Image Size: 18"x13" Frame Size: 20"x15"
$395.00

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