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Girl Scout Purses

Girl Scout Purses have helped to encourage the "thrifty" spirit of Girl Scouting.

Designs and styles changed regularly to keep up with fashion trends. Originally purses were meant for women, later designs were smaller for Girl Scouts. 1969 was the last year for adult purses. Trends were changing to canvas totes, folios and backpacks.

 

Prior to World War 2, there were not many purses or wallets offered. Some small coin purses were offered during the war era, but large purses were not. Instead "Service Bags" were offered - unmarked large cloth bags.

1947

 

1948


1948

1949

 

image donated by Kathy Stephan

1954

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1954


1955

1956

1956


1958

1958

 

1966

1966

 

Image donated by Kathy Stephan

1969

1969

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1975


The 1969 Adult Tote/Purse was the last purse sold for adults. The trend was changing to canvas totes and backpacks. The "Slim-line" purse was for Junior Girl Scouts.