Vintage Camp Fire Girls and Girl Scouts
Founded in 1910, Camp Fire Girls sought to promote health and spirit in girls, often through outdoor activities such as hiking and camping that traditionally had not been available to them. The organization also advocated other nontraditional ideas such as measuring and creating standards for women's work, promoting teamwork among girls, and preparing women for new economic conditions. The organization officially opened its membership to boys in 1975, and is now known as Camp Fire USA.
The Department issued this 4-cent stamp on November 1, 1960, through the New York, New York, post office in honor of the Camp Fire Girls. This stamp was issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Camp Fire Girls' movement, in connection with the Golden Jubilee Convention celebration of the organization.
Arago: Camp Fire Girls Issue
Camp Fire Girls bracelet that spells the word, Wo-He-Lo (work-health-love). There was even a song: Wo-He-Lo means work, Wo-He-Lo means health, Wo-He-Lo Wo-He-Lo Wo-He-Lo means love.
Used to sell these for .50 a box. There were 2 layers of mints in each box!
Cooking by the River, 1920 There was extra motivation for each task, a New York Times article on Scout life outlined. “Each bit of work, from paring potatoes to catching a butterfly, is play to the girls, because it will count toward getting some of the coveted merit badges … The badge is sewn onto the right sleeve of the uniform. When twenty-one have been achieved, their proud professor is invested with the highest reward that a girl scout can receive—the Badge of the Golden Eaglet.”
The Original Girl Scouts - Photos from the first 10 years - Cooking by the river 1920
World Trefoil Pin - Three leaves representing the Girl Scout Promise, with a flame that represents the flame of friendship. The compass needle is to guide you, and the two stars are the Girl Scout Promise and Law. The outer circle represents the World Association, and the golden yellow trefoil on a bright blue background stands for the sun shining over the children of the world.
Girl Scout's uniform designed by Mainbocher, American, ca. 1953. Green cotton dress and elastic belt with metal buckle, yellow neckerchief and yellow-edge floral handkerchief, worn with rust orange cotton velveteen beret. Label: "Girl Scout's/Trademark GS/National Equipment Service/New York City/Official Uniform"
Girl Scout's uniform, Mainbocher, c. 1953.
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