U.S. Boy and Girl Scouting Begin
The first 30 postage stamps unveiled in 1998 as part of the Celebrate the Century program include a Boy and Girl Scout stamp. This commemorative honors the most memorable and significant people, places, events and trends of the 20th century. The Boy and Girl Scouts are the largest youth organizations in the U.S. The Scout stamp is issued only on a sheet of 15 commemorative stamps honoring the 1910 decade.
The design on the selvage of the pane pictures a photograph from about 1917 of Boy Scouts parading on New York City's Fifth Avenue in a "Wake Up America" rally. The rally encouraged people to buy Liberty Loan bonds to support the troops in World War I. The reverse of the sheet includes descriptive text related to the design of each stamp. The text for the Scout issue reads:
This is an online version of an original philatelic display
by Keith Larson, © 1998