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January 29, 2013 11:21 AM   Subscribe

Girl Scout Camping, 1919. More at the Smithsonian/American History blog.
posted by Miko (11 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
But for the clothing, this looks a lot like how I remember Girl Scout Camp in 1989. Wonderful.
posted by asperity at 11:45 AM on January 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


Awesome. Hats and dresses in the woods! And the water! Also under the hats and dresses shall be MORE hats and dresses!

Daughter is in Brownies. I'll have to show her some of these. She'll identify, since she hates pants.
posted by DU at 11:47 AM on January 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


But for the clothing, this looks a lot like how I remember Girl Scout Camp in 1989.

The photos themselves just scream "girl at camp" to me.

Poorly framed. Only half the people looking at the camera. The ones who are looking at the camera are annoyed. Awkward shots of people standing just because oh crap you want to get a picture so you remember them (but you never do), and random shots of your friends doing weird things just because it made sense at the time.

That pretty much captures every picture I took between ages 11 and 15.
posted by phunniemee at 11:53 AM on January 29, 2013 [6 favorites]


The ones who are looking at the camera are annoyed.

Some of also have that "I'm posing, this is my badass tough gal look, at home I am prim nerd but no one here knows that" about them.

I went to Scout camp in the 80s too (and then worked at non-Scout camp after) and it looks just about right. I bet they were having a great time.
posted by Miko at 12:00 PM on January 29, 2013


There's also the charming Golden Eaglet film from 1918, which forever endeared me to semaphore.
posted by jetlagaddict at 12:29 PM on January 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


I wonder if they sang any of the same songs?
posted by asperity at 12:58 PM on January 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


Opaque stockings, above the knee skirts - all fashions cycle.
posted by Cranberry at 1:36 PM on January 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wow. Some of the younger girls are about the age of my daughters. So they'd have to be around 110 or so to still be alive today. That's...so weird.

I'm totally bringing this link to our Girl Scout meeting later this week.
posted by padraigin at 1:51 PM on January 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


I was just at the American History Museum last weekend, and I was a little disappointed at how small the Girl Scout exhibit was. (Mostly, I was disappointed that I waited 25 years to finally go to a Smithsonian, and a whole wing was closed!) So I'm super excited I can live vicariously though this post.
posted by Ruki at 3:06 PM on January 29, 2013


Oh Girl Scout camp, how I love thee.
I'm glad I didn't have to wear those uniforms as a counselor during Texas summers. Although some of my campers thought shorts and knee high socks was a cool fashion statement, apparently they knew something I didn't...
I'm now going to sing camp songs all night thanks to asperity.
posted by missriss89 at 4:14 PM on January 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


Love this so much. My own girl scout camp experiences were a mix of terrible (the summer in 4th grade when I was so shy that I wouldn't ask where the bathrooms were at a camp-wide ropes course event then when I finally did found out I had to walk across the camp and peed myself just as I got there. Good times!) and wonderful (the summer where a bunch of older punk girls took me under their wing and invited me into their tent and I got to hang out and hear them talk about sex and grunge and punk and we made instant coffee and stayed up late every night). I'd like to think that camp was just like that for girls in 1919 too. Equal parts traumatic and amazing.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 4:21 PM on January 29, 2013 [3 favorites]


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