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Hippie Beavers

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1969 children’s book

One in a series of posts dedicated to pop-culture depictions of beavers — as symbolic representations of Americans — from 1904–2003. The series derives its title from Thomas Carlyle’s warning about merely instinctive labor.

These gorgeous, slightly trippy images invite children to identify with the beaver — who is so human-like in his building skills, yet lives in harmony with nature.

From a 1969 children’s book, “The Beaver”

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