Saturday, December 21, 2013


Recently our museum was given two thin plywood panel boards studded (and we do mean studded--all the items on the first panel are attached to the plywood with small round-headed brass tacks) The items include a Denver, Colo. felt banner, insignia for a Troop 169, Denver, CO., which may have been a war-era Japanese-American Boy Scout Troop sponsored by the Denver Japanese Buddhist Church. Between the banner’s felt ties is a tacked on note that reads:

To Valent- A small token of Friendship and Good Will--     From—Troop 169, Denver, Colo.                                            Japanese Buddhist Church
Also nailed to the board is a 1940-50s era Assistant Scoutmaster patch, a light blue Air Scout patch, two National Jamboree patches, one for the cancelled 1935 Jamboree and a canvas 1950 Jamboree pocket patch. Ranging down the left side of the panel is a series of felt and twill patches for camporees held in 1947 and 1948, and two patches for Camp Ki Shau Wau, a Chicago area camp owned by the Starved Rock Area Council. The last summer camp program at CKSW was held in 1976 but these two camp patches have been identified as from the1947 time period. At the bottom of the column is a felt 1948 Chicago Council Round-up patch.At the bottom of the right column is a triangular felt patch for a 1946 Camporee in the Corn Belt Council, another Boy Scout council in Illinois that eventually merged with the W.D. Boyce Council.

Camp Ki-Shau-Wau was a former Boy Scout camp owned by the Starved Rock Area Council (and later by the W.D. Boyce Council after the merger in 1972) located one mile east of Lowell, Illinois along the Vermillion River. The last summer camp program was held in 1976. The camp opened in the 1920s and was sold in 1989. 

Down the right side of the board is a 1951 felt Otschodela Council Jamboree Circus patch, a dark blue felt Crumhorn Mountain B.S.A. for 1948 or 1949 (the same patch was used for both years), a generic green felt Trail Builder patch issued to Crumhorn Mountain campers who helped bushwack out the camp’s first hiking trails, and a green and white felt Crumhorn Mt. Camp B.S.A. for 1951.  Seemingly out of place with this group is a Troop Eleven Hackensack (NY?) twill patch.
Crumhorn Mountain Camp in south central New York was established in 1948 on Crumhorn Lake, in the Town of Maryland near the Otschodela Council’s headquarters in Oneonta, NY. After the war ended in 1945, it soon became apparent the old Camp Deerslayer on Otsego Lake did not meet the requirements of the expected increase in camp attendance.  The camp at Crumhorn Lake, with one name change in 1989 to Henderson Scout Reservation, still serves the council’s campers today.
Down the center of the panel is a collection of 1940-50s era red-on-khaki and brown-on-dark green community strips, mostly for central New York communities:

One curious note: The patches that have been carefully removed by pulling the tacks with a small upholsters’ tack puller tool reveal penciled names underneath: “John” underneath the 1935 Jamboree patch, “Walley” under the 1950 Jamboree, and “Hank” under the Troop Eleven Hackensack patch. Curious to see if the name Valent appeared under the Assistant Scoutmaster patch, we carefully removed the tacks to find penciled “Scouts of America!”

Panel #2, 1950s Era Travel Decals

Souvenir travel decals are a part of America's automotive vacation and touring history. They were made and sold by the untold millions during the Golden Age of highway travel--1945-1970. Today, they have virtually disappeared.  While not exactly Boy Scout memorabilia like on the first panel, their bold graphics and variety make them highly collectible today. (Actually, many Boy Scout patch manufacturers in the 1950s and 60s also supplied decals from the same designs.)

The second panel displays a collection of 18 1950s era travel decals from Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Colorado and the San Antonio Zoo, including a topless Shy Anne pinup (“Cheyanne,” get it?) promoting Cheyanne, Wyoming’s world famous “Frontier Days.” If girls dress like this redhead during Frontier Days in Wyoming, it must be an unforgettable sight at the rodeo.  Two of the decals are triangular Conoco Touraide logos, which also appears on a Nebraska Conoco Touraide decal featuring the towering State Capitol at Lincoln, Nebraska.  We did not try to soak off any of the decals to see if there were any penciled names underneath. 
Check out Lost Highway Art Co. at, where you can find out much more about travel decals like the ones found on our plywood panel.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

1926 FIRST AID GUIDE for the Official Boy Scout First Aid Kit

The museum recently received a little 80-page booklet titled First Aid Guide for the Official First Aid Kit Boy Scouts of America, with a note attached: "Here is a 1926 First Aid Guide that was given to me by a woman friend of Marge's that I believed had belonged to her deceased husband. It seems to me that it might be an interesting item for the museum. If you agree will you please deposit it there."

We get many of the vintage Boy Scout items for our museum this way--a short note and a request to "do something with it, thanks."  Boy Scout First Aid Kits are favorites because they fairly shout the Scout motto "Be Prepared" and the contents (if still intact) speak to us of the often curious treatment of minor accidents in generations gone by. 

After some introductory words about the frequency of accidents among the young, and the wrong kind of bravery in boys who pay no attention to their wounds when a minor accident happens--they think it a sign of a "softie"--a "Miss Nancy" to take care of a little cut or scratch, keeping it exposed to dirt and germs, the booklet gets down to business about arterial pressure points and the use of a tourniquet, treatment of burns and scaulds, bandaging and the use of a Boy Scout neckerchief as a sling, bites of animals (Snakebite: "...after you have sucked the wound as clean as possible, it should be cauterized with iodine or by heating a wire, nail or the blade of a knife."), the dangers of coal gas, treatment of apparently drowned persons, and how to make a rescue carry from a second story window. "Grasp his coatails and lift them over your shoulder, carrying the patient in the same way you would carry a sack of potatoes--but more gently."

Under the section, "Your Health," Scouts are advised about good eating habits. "Mixing frankfurters, pickles, ice cream and chocolate is likely to result in stomachache," and "Constipation is responsible for many a headache and many a low mark in school."   "Live up to the Scout Motto: Be Prepared."  

The Troop 1 Unadilla Boy Scout Museum accepts donations of memorabilia that help us tell the 100-year story of the Boy Scouts of America and of the oldest continually chartered Boy Scout troop in the nation. The museum is a part of the Unadilla Historical Association, a 501c3 nonprofit organization preserving and interpreting our Unadilla community history.

Contact Brian Danforth, Scoutmaster and UHA Secretary for a schedule of when to visit the museum (607-369-2007) or Donald Tuttle, UHA Vice President and Troop Historian (607-369-7323).