Kathy McCarty (ccarty@ITW.COM)
Tue, 8 Jul 1997 23:36:41 -0400
Dear fellow Scouters,
I am writing to draw on your collective wisdom. When my son crossed
over to Boy Scouts he was bitten by the collecting bug, spurred on by the
gift of my father's 1930's edition of the Boy Scout Handbook. He has
recently purchased some old uniforms including offical BSA stamped leggings.
His most recent gift was a handbook dated 1958 entitled Exploring. I think
that this was the first handbook that came out of the revision of the
Exploring program that started in 1949, but I'm not sure.
I would like to know your thoughts on what reference materials are
available to help him date and place the equipment that he is piling up.
Also, is there a source of information that would give a basic idea of the
history and ins and outs of patch collecting (he's been taken advantage of
once already because he didn't know the value of what he had).
Also, what is the best method for preserving the condition of books and
old uniforms? Thanks for any help you can give.
Advancement Chairman, Troop 48; Committee Chairman, Pack 48; Leader, Junior
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City