TBT – FPL’s 75th Anniversary, June 1985.

1985The U.S. Postal Service helped FPL celebrate 75 years of public service with this commemorative postcard, titled: Progress Through Wood Research.

View a full-sized version of this image by visiting the fsWoodLab Flickr account.


More recently, in June 2010, FPL celebrated its 100th anniversary. A summary of historic accomplishments was published in the Forest Products Journal (left), dated October, 2009.

John W. Koning Jr.’s comprehensive historical overview (below) was released in August, 2010.


When Koning’s book was published, FPL’s then-director Chris Risbrudt, had this to say:

No one knows the rich history of the Forest Products Laboratory as John Koning does. His efforts in compiling this all-inclusive book, from conception to final design, have been most impressive. FPL’s tradition of problem-solving and dedication is inherent in this work. To see our progress in print like this, with so many wonderful photos and knowledgeable descriptions, is yet another historic even marking our centennial year.