Philately of the Fourth World Boy Scout Jamboree by Sheldon S. Levy
VIII. THE LABELS
Although, at least,
ten different kinds of labels were produced for and in connection
with the Fourth World Jamboree, only one type appears to have experienced actual
postally connected use, although others have been found pasted, and even cancelled,
indiscriminately on the front or rear of Jamboree posted envelopes and cards.
This type, intended specifically for use on mail carried by the special Scout air mail
service, showed a biplane flying over billowy clouds, with a Scout emblem in the
background. At the top was the inscription "IV. JAMBOREE", while in a panel at the
bottom was "GÖDÖLLŐ 1933 VIII. 1-16." The labels were perforated, measured from
border to border, 1 1/4" x 1 3/4", and were printed in red, green, blue and brown in
miniature sheets of four per color. Copies of, at least, the red and brown, however, are
known to exist imperforate, and it is presumed that all were also produced in that
Since many of the air mail covers, known to have been carried by the Scout air mail
service, do not have any copy of the label affixed, however, it is clear that, although these
labels were issued for use in connection with the Scout air service, they were not
distributed free and were not pasted on all air mail by postal or Scout authorities. Instead,
it is probable that they were sold for a small price to benefit the Scouts and were attached
to letters by the senders themselves as an extra decorative souvenir of the occasion.
One each of these four
differently colored labels appear on special souvenir cards,
either numbered or unnumbered, and franked with an oval-shaped violet hand-shaped
cachet reading in Hungarian "Gödöllő to Mátyásföld (or 'to Budapest')
by Scout air mail". Probably some 200 were issued. The cards, usually measuring 4 1/2" x
5 3/4", are white stock with black printing wording at the top signifying the IV World Jamboree
event and at the bottom, in four languages, the wording "In memory of the First Boy
Scout Air Mail".
Special Souvenir Card
Moreover, a very special souvenir sheet, of which only 20 numbered copies were
produced, is known. Measuring 7" x 9 3/4", each differently colored label thereon as
aforesaid is individually cancelled with one of the four differently colored airmail
cachets, while the official Jamboree postmark, with the letter "b" is in the center. The top
of the white stock sheet reveals two lines of black print: "IV
VILÁGJAMBOREE/ GÖDÖLLŐ-BUDAPEST -- BUDAPEST-GÖDÖLLŐ", while the
black print inscription at the bottom in Hungarian confirms the fact that only 20 of these
souvenir sheets were issued for experimental purposes. Even more interesting, each sheet
contains the signature "Baden-Powell, Chief Scout" and was presented to a distinguished
guest at a special reception.
Descriptions of other labels issued for the Jamboree are as follows:
Outline of leaping stag with small fleur de lys at bottom left and Esperanto star at top
left. Inscription: "Jamboree/ 4-16 Aug. 1933/ Gödöllő/ Hungarujo/ Esperanto/ Kunveno
Skolte". Set of five printed by the Esperantist Scout Association. a. Green on white
paper. b. Green on pink paper. c. Green on yellow paper. d. Green on light green paper.
e. Green on bluish paper. Perf. 27 x 34 mm.
Scout, with mouth open, holding globe aloft in his right hand. Inscription:
"JAMBOREE/ 1933/ BUDAPEST-GÖDÖLLŐ". Printed in, at least, green, blue and
black on white paper and in brown on yellow paper (or buff) by Globus R.T. of Budapest.
Perf. and imperf. 29 x 40 mm.
Scout sending a model glider with two other gliders in the background. Inscription:
"IV. JAMBOREE/ GÖDÖLLŐ 1933 AUG. 1-15". Printed in black and brown for one and
orange and blue for the other. Perf. and imperf. 44 x 63 mm.
Wording "JAMBOREE/ 1933/ GÖDÖLLŐ-BUDAPEST/ HUNGARY". Metallic
surface in blue and silver. Imperf. 60 x 20 mm.
Outline of stag leaping above fleur de lys with colors of Hungarian flag in
background. Top inscription: "Det Danske Spejderkorps". At side "GÖDÖLLŐ".
Lower third "1933". Bottom "Jubileumslejren 1933". One of a set of 24 Danish labels
(the others with different designs relating to the years from 1910 to 1932). Multicolor,
including brown, green, yellow, white and red. Perf. 42 x 35 mm.
Diamond-shaped with four line border around stepped inscription:
with large "1933" beneath. Printed in red on white paper. Perf. 35 x 35 mm.
LABELS OF THE FOURTH WORLD BOY SCOUT JAMBOREE
Strip of three forming one unit with inscriptions in various positions on each:
"JAMBOREE 1933" and, additionally, on center label the word "GÖDÖLLŐ", while
right hand label includes the initials: "Ö.P.B./L.K.N.Ö." Believed to be Austrian.
Printed in red on white paper. Perf. Each 30 x 30 mm. or 90 x 30 mm. complete.
Leaping white stag and fleur de lys. Inscription: "1933 JAMBOREE/BUDAPEST -
GÖDÖLLŐ". Printed in green lines on white paper. Perf. 48 x 53 mm. (No copy
Set of twelve small oblong shaped, with inscription: "Gödöllő Jamboree
1933". Each is printed in two colors in various combinations. (No copy available now).