Girl Scout Birthday Week Freebies!

Starting back in 1934 Girl Scouting started a long lasting tradition of giving away small Girl Scout items for free during Girl Scout Week. This encouraged Girl Scouts and their parents to visit the approved local distributor for Girl Scouts - usually a department store in bigger cities. Identifying and finding these freebies is an ongoing process. The list shown here is from the Girl Scout Collector's Guide.

1934 - multiple items

1935 - metal bookmark

1936 - 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" metal picture frame

1937 - "Sport Scarf", 19" x 19", rayon, map of USA and GS, later sold in GS catalogs

1938 - charm, 26th anniversary, horseshoe

1939 - charm, 27th anniversary, Chalet & World's Fair

1940 - Souvenir Card Case (no image)

1941 - Flags Pin - later sold in GS catalogs

1942 - vanity photo case (no image)

1943-1946 - no Birthday Week give-aways due to World War II

1947 - 2" mirror with trefoil

1948 - 1 1/2" gold color coin with GS trefoil

1949 - coin holder, "A Girl Scout is Thrifty" all green, later sold in catalogs

1950 - pencil sharpener on key chain

"1912-1950"

1951 - clear green heart-shaped coin purse

1952 - Tic-Tac-Toe game

1953 - green "lizardgator" coin purse

1954 - 4" nickel nail file & case

1955 - pencil sharpener shaped like a top, yellow & green

1956 - triangle green coin purse

1957 - Patience Puzzle

1958 - Billfold of bright green vinyl with transparent self-seal purse

(no image)

1959 - Photo card case of forest green pigskin-grain plastic with 4 transparent sections

1960 - green luggage tag

1961 - gold plastic change purse 

1962 - Novelty key chain for the 50th anniversary of Girl Scouting

1963 - Gold plastic memo book 2"x 2 3/4

1964 - Triangular shaped coin purse - gold

1965 - Two-tone vinyl ball point pen

1966 - Golden yellow vinyl photo holder with two see-through pockets (no image)

1967 - 3 pastel pens in a vinyl case (no image)

1968 - mini whistle, green & orange

1969 - Snippy Scissors, 4" with trefoil

1970 - Birthday shopping bag (no image)

1971 - Red, white and blue pen, 1912-1971

(no image)

1972 - yellow vinyl coin purse (no image)

1973 - Patch "Week of Celebration"

Reverse has GS promise

The Sports Scarf was later called the Peasant Scarf and came in 4 colors; red, blue, green and yellow. 50 cents.

enlarged

Thought to be the 1948 coin, not verified

Mirror on reverse

The give-away coin hold was all green. The one sold in the GS catalogs was green & red.

Also sold in GS calatogs

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