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Auction 195, Lot 165

Rare Girl Scout Map Showing the Path to Golden Eaglet

"Highways and Byways of Girl Scouting",

Subject: United States

Period: 1927 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

36.9 x 29.1 inches
93.7 x 73.9 cm
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This rare pictorial map was created by Elizabeth Shurtleff and Helen F. McMillin for Girl Scouts Inc. The map depicts the locations of Girl Scout camps and several key cities, including Savannah, Georgia, the home of the Girl Scout's founder, Juliette Gordon Low. Three trails criss-cross the United States, beginning in Savannah and ending at the border with Canada in central US. Along the trails are badges that scouts can earn on their way to achieving the rank of First Class Girl Scout or Golden Eaglet (now known as the Gold Award). In white is the main trail, in red is the Trail of Helpfulness, and in blue is the Health Trail. Images of Girl Scouts completing tasks to earn their badges fill the map. Blue banners include the lyrics to the "Star-Spangled Banner" and several Girl Scout songs. In Canada there are 6 vignettes portraying important women in history, including Sacagawea, pioneer Anna Shaw, Girl Scouts founder Juliette Low, a Pilgrim mother, nurse Clara Barton, and "homemaker" Louisa Alcott. The border surrounding the map consists of the Girl Scout laws as well as images of birds and flowers.

References: Rumsey #9902.

Condition: B+

A clean and bright example, issued folding with some wear along the folds, a few fold separations, and small holes at a couple of fold intersections. There are a couple of chips along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 11/15/2023