Girl Scout Insigna:
Both Common & Unique

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My alternate idea for a title to this page was "Weird stuff you may find on stitched on an old Girl Scout uniforms", but that was too long. Here's a roundup of Girl Scout insignia -

                                            

#1 question I get on Girl Scout Insignia is "What is this stripe"

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"Shoulder knots," also known as patrol ribbons, were 2 ribbons of different colors that were supposed to coordinated with the troop's crest colors,

yet be different from the other patrols' color combinations.

These were discontinued in 1919.

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2 examples of "Red Feather" badges, occasionally seen. The Red Feather program was a fore-runner of the United Way.

This is a Girl Scout Service Strip. If in silver metallic ribbon it signifies 5 years in Girl Scout, if in gold it's 10 years. Used from 1921 until 1941. For the first several years the troop had to find the ribbon on their own, but in 1934 they were offered in the GS catalog. In 1932, info was updated to include 15 years of service; 2 silver stripes and 1 gold stripe.

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Girl Scout Hospital Aide
1948-1952

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Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Lord Baden-Powell's birth, this patch was worn on the pocket of the uniform. A year's worth of Baden-Powell inspired activities were doled out monthly in the Girl Scout Leader magazine.

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Ranks & Stuff

1913-1919 
2nd: tan felt, green embroidery 
1st: Open in the center, sewn over the 2nd class rank 

 

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1920-1928 
2nd: Khaki with green 
1st: Center filled 
Highest Achievement: Golden Eaglet

3" felt & silk patch celebrating the 1937 World's Fair -  in New York. Occasionally found sitiched to a Girl Scout uniform. Not official, but hey - someone actually got to go ! No known version for the World's Fair held at the same time on the west coast in San Francisco.

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1928-1938 
Grey Green Fabric 
Highest Achievement: Golden Eaglet

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1938-1948 
Silver Green 
Highest Achievement: Curved Bar Rank - 1940 
Curved Bar patch d/c 1947, replaced by the Curved Bar Pin

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1948-1955 
Bright Medium Green 
2nd: green embroidery 
2nd: yellow embroidery - 1955, quickly replaced by 2nd patch with embroidered edge 
Highest Achievement: Curved Bar Rank

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1955-1960 
Bright Medium Green with Merrow edge 
Highest Rank: Curved Bar Rank

Patrol Ranks 
1913-1940 
Left: Corporal (assistant patrol leader) 
Center Left: Patrol Leader - K 
Center Right: Patrol Leader - GG 
Right: Senior Patrol Leader, name change in 1918 to 
Ex-Patrol Leader 
Chevrons point down 1913-1928 
Chevrons point up 1928-1940

No special insignia for Patrol Leaders from 1940-1963.

Patrol cords introduced 1963 and continue today.

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(L) 1932 - 1940 Troop Treasurer

(R) 1932-1940 Troop Scribe

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1934-1959 Mariner Insignia, the star was added in 1955

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Deborah Friedman's Wings

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1963-1980 
2nd Class rank d/c, replaced by 
Sign of the Arrow 
Sign of the Star 
Highest Achievement:

First Class Rank (Cadettes only)

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1980-2010

Sign of the Rainbow - 1980

Sign of the Satellite - 1980

n/c to Sign of the Star - 2001

Sign of the Sun - 1980

Sign of the World - 1986

Found on both green twill and (1994) jade green background

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Early Brownie
Insignia
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1934 GS Catalog image overlaid with real images, when I could find them.

1926-1937

1926-1937

1931-1935

1927-1935

1929-1938

1926-1937

Examples of Senior Girl Scout Interest Patches
1955-1979
this is just an example of a few of the designs. This is from 1960. Generally 2 1/4" to 3" in diameter.
I'll create a page devoted to all the designs (someday!)
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(L) Adult Girl Scouts
1941-Spring 1942
(R) Senior Girl Scouts
1941-Spring 1942

Did someone forget to get permission to use the Civil Defense logo (white triangle) in the background?

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 (L) Leaders, Fall 1942-1946 (R) Seniors, Fall 1942-1955

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