Since beginning publication in 1911, Boys' Life's mission is to entertain and educate America's youth and to open their eyes to the joyous world of reading. This is accomplished through a proven mix of news, nature, sports, history, fiction, science, comics, and Scouting.
Art McKinney was SOSSI member #2, a founder and past president or our Society (1964+1965), who also served as our Journal Editor before his term as president. He had been the Scout Executive for Chicago before his promotion to Assistant to the Chief Scout Executive Arthur Schuck. He was also in charge of international relations for the Boy Scouts or America. His great interest in SOSSI and his contacts with world Scouting nations gave prestige to our Society and our hobby.
In January 1951, Arthur became the Stamp Editor for Boys' Life writing the column called "About Stamps". In June 1963 the column became "Stamps and Coins". During that period he wrote several Scouts on Stamps Checklists, some of which can be accessed below. He continued writing the column until October 1968 when SOSSI member Walter G. MacPeek was assigned that position. During most of this period (1953-1964), the editor of Boys' Life was Harry A. Harchar who later served as SOSSI President (1972-1974).
|December 1920||Scott Prizes for Scouts, [Stamps] by Kent B. Stiles|
|January 1921||Siam Scout Stamp Issue, [Stamps] by Kent B. Stiles|
|January 1958||The Fourth World Jamboree Stamp, [About Stamps] by W. Arthur McKinney|
|November 1959||Scouts on Stamps, by W. Arthur McKinney; Harry A. Harchar, editor|
|January 1960||Boy Scout 50th Anniversary Stamp, [About Stamps] by W. Arthur McKinney|
|February 1963||10 Scout Stamp articles, [About Stamps] by W. Arthur McKinney; Harry A. Harchar, editor|
|July 1967||Jamboree Postal Card, [Stamps and Coins] by W. Arthur McKinney|
|October 1973||Scouts Deliver Mail, [Stamps and Coins] by Harry D. Thorsen|
|December 1990||That's My Hobby, pages 62-63|
|March 2011||100 Tips From 100 Years, page 46|
|2014 Web Page||Scouting stamps from around the world|