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Girl Scout Sleeping Bags & 1 Hammock
The first official Girl Scout sleeping bag - with the GS mark, was 1938.
Sleeping bags without a GS mark are not listed here, even if they were carried in the catalogs.
The "head canopy" also worked as the carry bag.
Sometimes ONLY the carry bag had the GS mark.
Sometimes the identifying code number for a sleeping bag was used on 2 different style bags. I tried to make note of that below.
Amazingly, from 1996 until 2018 the GS catalogs either didn't carry sleeping bags OR the sleeping bags didn't carry a GS mark.
What's the difference here?
16-160 is larger and heavier
16-160 sleeping bag has a full zipper and unzips completely, It could be used as a bedspread.
16-161 only has a 36" zipper
16-160 inner liner is flannel
16-161 inner liner is drill (cotton twill)
No known illustrations of 16-162
Unknown if the GS mark was used
Filling was wool - not Kapok .
Kapok was not available during World War II
Filler is 100% grey goose down
GS mark is on the canopy
The 1958 "Budget Bag" 15-225 was sold for several years, and apparently in different fabrics. The picture from the catalog (used for several years) show a plaid bag with a green inner liner - yet these photos from an actual 15-225 shows a green bag with a plaid inner liner. The Budget Bag was the only Girl Scout sleeping bag to use "CELACLOUD" acetate as a filler.
This bag has a canopy, but it isn't shown here
When first offered in 1963, this bag (red) used the same inventory number as another bag from 1957
It wasn't until 1972 that it got it's own inventory number
Neither of these plaid sleeping bags carry the GS mark, except on the label
center of the daisies have a trefoil
This bag carries the same inventory as a bag from 1951, but it's not like it's going to be confused with the other one.
I've included all 3 catalog images (1982,1983, 1984) because they all look different. I have never seen this particular sleeping bag, so I don't know which image is correct.
The "camping emblem" is a familiar Girl Scout patch.
Definitely not an outdoor bag for most climates! It's only rated to 55 degrees or warmer - more of a bag for indoor slumber parties.
I believe this is the first official Girl Scout hammock. The GS mark is on the stuff sack.