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How Much Is My Girl Scout Handbook Worth? Part One: The Basics

The books and reading badge for Junior Girl Scouts, used from the 1970s through the late 1990s.

2012 includes the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the USA(GSUSA), an organization that has been publishing handbooks for its members since literally before the first-ever Scout meeting in Savannah, Georgia in 1912.  So there are plenty of old Girl Scout handbooks floating around antique and secondhand stores.  Maybe you even have one gathering dust in your basement!  But what is it worth?   Continue reading

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Collecting Girl Scout Handbooks, Part II: 1950-1977

(Part I is here.)

Last time in “Collecting Girl Scout Handbooks,” I covered the books published from the origins of Girl Scouting in the U.S. until 1947 – a period of only 35 years.  This post will cover the years from 1950 to 1977.  It’s fewer years, but it’s a lot more books.

Onward! Continue reading

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Collecting Girl Scout Handbooks, Part I: 1912 to 1947

If there are other serious or semi-serious collectors of Girl Scout books in the world, they are remaining modestly off the Internet. A Google search for “collecting Girl Scout handbooks” today turned up this fellow collector on Squidoo, an individual on Alibris who may or may not have the only third edition of the original handbook left in the world, and a few already-sold copies of older handbooks on Etsy, along with the usual eBay listings for anything labeled “Girl Scout.”

So, in the interests of turning my personal obsession into a public service like the Girl Scouts trained me to do (just “do[ing] a good turn daily,” ma’am), here is Part I of my series on Girl Scout handbooks, past and present. More serious collectors will want to refer to Mary Degenhardt and Judith Kirsch’s Girl Scout Collector’s Guide, ISBN 0896725464 (Texas Tech UP, 2005). Continue reading

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