Re: Scouting memorabilia
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Wed, 9 Jul 1997 11:18:18 -0500
Kathy McCarty asked this over at Scouts-L (I've crossed this over to
Patch-L, because of the nature of the question and because that discussion
list was created to discuss things like this in more detail than ours)
> 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.
It is the latest revision of the "revised Exploring program".
> 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.
There's a lot of reference material, mainly books which describe what the
books are, the date of publication and a relative value to the books. I'm
sure that someone from Patch-L will be contacting you privately and letting
you know how to get copies of those publications.
>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).
There's two national Scout memorbilia collectors' associations, and both of
them have a visiable prescence on Patch-L. I'm sure again, Kathy, that
you'll be hearing from representatives from both organizations answering
your specific questions.
> Also, what is the best method for preserving the condition of books and
>old uniforms? Thanks for any help you can give.
Old books are best kept in plastic "baggies", which is also a good idea for
rare patches as well. The "baggies" come in various sizes and with the
ziplock (recommended) to accomodate just about any sized book. Inexpensive
but yet functional.
Old uniforms are best kept in those plastic "jackets" that can be placed
onto them at your local laundry and dry-cleaners place. Those "jackets"
keep most of the mosture and (in our case) cat dander from the uniforms,
and allows the uniform to be displayed without too much trouble. Hang them up.
Hope that this information can help your son out....and sorry if it's kinda
short. I'm hoping that those over at Patch-L can "fill in a lot of the
blanks" for him and provide him a source of enjoyment and sharing.
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