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World of Scouting Museum
Valley Forge, PA
Our collection continues to grow through individual and corporate support. Below are some items recently added to the collection of the World of Scouting Museum.
Pin Back Button, 1924
Whitehead & Hoag Company
Newark, NJ
Gift of Jennie Tis In Memory of William Dungan
2010.30.147
In 1924, the Girl Scouts, Inc., held a combined building and budget drive to raise funds for a new National Headquarters on Lexington Avenue in New York City. The "Buy A Brick" Campaign used miniature stickers and pins like this one as promotional items. The facial portrait featured on this pin was taken from a full length poster illustrated for the campaign by Lester Ralph.
The Boy Scouts In The Rockies, by Herbert Carter, 1913
A. L. Burt Company
New York, NY
Gift of Charles H. Reinfried III
2010.26.1
After the Boy Scouts of America became a national program in 1910, many book publishers sought to capitalize on the movement's growing popularity. Fiction stories soon began presenting Boy Scouts as heroes in perilous and exciting adventures. Herbert Carter, George Durston, Archibald Lee Fletcher, John Blaine, George A. Warren, and Gordon Stuart, were some of the authors who wrote book series featuring Scouts.
The Boy Scouts In The Rockies, by Herbert Carter, 1913
A. L. Burt Company,
New York, NY - Front Cover
The Boy Scouts In The Rockies, by Herbert Carter, 1913
A. L. Burt Company,
New York, NY - Spine
The Boy Scouts In The Rockies, by Herbert Carter, 1913
A. L. Burt Company,
New York, NY - Title Page
The Boy Scouts In The Rockies, by Herbert Carter, 1913
A. L. Burt Company,
New York, NY - Illustration
The Boy Scouts In The Rockies, by Herbert Carter, 1913
A. L. Burt Company,
New York, NY - Bookseller Label
The Boy Scouts In The Rockies, by Herbert Carter, 1913
A. L. Burt Company,
New York, NY - Gift Inscription
Uniform Jacket, c.1915
Sigmund Eisner Company
Red Bank, NJ
Gift of Thomas O. Murr
2010.23.1
The Sigmund Eisner Company, of Red Bank, NJ, was once the largest manufacturer of uniforms in the United States. In addition to outfitting the Nation's military, Eisner also supplied uniforms to the Boy Scouts of America. The early BSA uniform strongly resembled the version worn by World War I "Doughboys."

Uniform Jacket, c.1915
Sigmund Eisner Company,
Red Bank, NJ
Uniform Jacket, c.1915
Sigmund Eisner Company,
Red Bank, NJ - Right Sleeve
Uniform Jacket, c.1915
Sigmund Eisner Company,
Red Bank, NJ - Left Sleeve
Uniform Jacket, c.1915
Sigmund Eisner Company,
Red Bank, NJ - Star & Life Scout Badges
Uniform Jacket, c.1915
Sigmund Eisner Company,
Red Bank, NJ - Collar and Button Detail
Uniform Jacket, c.1915
Sigmund Eisner Company,
Red Bank, NJ - BSA Fabric Stamp
Set of Postcards, 1945
Girl Scouts of the USA
New York, NY
Gift of Jennie Tis In Memory of William Dungan
2010.30.45 -2010.30.50
Starting in 1936, the Girl Scouts of the USA began to print an annual set of camp postcards. Often depicting everyday scenes in a comical manner, the postcards became very popular with camping girls writing home to family and friends. This set of six were illustrated by Hagg.
Camp Postcard, 1945
Girl Scouts of the USA,
New York, NY
Camp Postcard, 1945
Girl Scouts of the USA,
New York, NY
Camp Postcard, 1945
Girl Scouts of the USA,
New York, NY
Camp Postcard, 1945
Girl Scouts of the USA,
New York, NY
Camp Postcard, 1945
Girl Scouts of the USA,
New York, NY
Camp Postcard, 1945
Girl Scouts of the USA,
New York, NY
This khaki tan uniform jacket has a high collar with hook and eye closure, four front pockets, metal First Class buttons with Eisner markings on reverse, white Sigmund Eisner Company label inside, and interior fabric stamped with the official BSA seal. The right shoulder displays the red and black ribbons of the Seal Patrol. Twenty-two merit badges adorn the sleeve and near the cuff are a 1-year green service stripe and a 3-year red service stripe. The left sleeve has the red and white patrol patch at top and First Class badge below. Above the top left breast pocket are Star and Life Scout badges.

This jacket was worn by Ralph Winter, a member of Boy Scout Troop #2, Waterbury Council, Waterbury, CT. Ralph was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in 1916.
Eisner ad from BSA Handbook For Boys, 1913
Set of Limited Edition Merit Badges, 2010
Boy Scouts of America
New York, NY
​Gift of Paul W. Ware
2010.28.1.1 - 2010.28.1.4
Carpentry Merit Badge, 2010
Boy Scouts of America,
New York, NY
Pathfinding Merit Badge, 2010
Boy Scouts of America,
New York, NY
Signaling Merit Badge, 2010
Boy Scouts of America,
New York, NY
Tracking Merit Badge, 2010
Boy Scouts of America,
New York, NY
In honor of the their 100th Anniversary in 2010, the BSA issued four vintage merit badges. Only available during the centennial year, these badges were released to give today's Boy Scout the opportunity to connect with and experience Scouting's past.
The four badges offered included Carpentry, Pathfinding, Signaling and Tracking. Their designs remained true to their century old counterparts with the exception of the gold borders. Utilizing the original requirements and merit badge pamphlets for guidance, contemporary Scouts also had background information available to help explain what might be unfamiliar historical terminology.