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January 10, 2012

Girl Scout uniform

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

1920s Girl Scout uniform

Girl Scout uniform and accessories, 1920s.  The uniform’s owner became a Girl Scout in 1920 at the age of 12 in St. Paul, Minnesota; by the age of 17 she had earned 25 merit badges, displayed here on the sleeves of the dress.  Her troop met at the People’s Church near the present site of United Hospitals, St. Paul.

The uniform consists of one button-down cotton dress with five large girl scout insignia buttons, proficiency badges, and rank and troop patches on the left sleeve and breast pocket.  In addition, there are six pins on the breast pocket for Community Service Junior and Senior Lifesaving,  and two six-pointed gold attendance stars.  In addition to the dress there are a cotton sash-belt with a brass insignia button; one triangular tie; one brass trefoil pin and one metal whistle attached to a black ribbon.

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