Philately of the Fourth World Boy Scout Jamboree
by Sheldon S. Levy


A. The Esperanto Sheet

In addition to the production of the five labels described previously, the Esperanto Scout Association also had printed a special Esperanto Souvenir Sheet in black type on yellow or white paper.  The sheet, usually measuring about 9½ x 4¼ inches, contains one each of the five Jamboree stamps, each of which was individually cancelled with the Jamboree postmark.  The inscription on the sheet read: "Memorfolio / de la / IV-a skolta mondĵamboreo / Gödöllő 1933 Hungario / Interkompreno!  Frateco!  Solidareco! / Dediĉita de la Universala Esperanto Asocio, Genéve;  „Literatura Mondo”, Budapest."  The sheet is, of course, a rarity today.

Esperanto Sheet
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B. Post Office Advertising Circular

Another rare and interesting Jamboree item is the official Post Office circular advertising the Jamboree set of stamps and containing advance details (although somewhat erroneous) of the issue of the Jamboree.  The white paper sheet, measuring 8 1/4 x 5 3/4 inches, shows the five stamps in the same enlarged size and similar colors as the imperforate color trial proofs.  (Please note, however, that the color proofs were not merely a cut-out from the postal announcement, since the proof paper is thinner and is gummed).

Below the stamps, and printed in black type in four languages, is the following paragraph:

"This series of postage stamps manufactured by the procedure of engraving will be issued by the Roy. Hung. Post Office advertisement on the occasion of the Boy Scouts' World-Jamboree taking place at Gödöllő from July 20 to August 20, 1933.  Day of issue: July 10, 1933.  The stamps can be used for prepayment on mail matters till September 30, 1933.  Price of the series: 1 Pengö 18 fillér".

Although the camp may have been open from July 20th, as announced in the sheet, or even before, the official opening was undoubtedly on August 1st, while the official close was most probably August 16th.  As stated previously, however, mail from the Jamboree as late as August 25th received the official postmark.

C. Haiti Commemorative Envelope

In honor of the Gödöllő World Jamboree and the participation of Haitian Scouts therein, a commemorative cacheted envelope was issued during their National Boy Scout Week, May 30 to June 2, 1933, at Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.  The cachet, similar in detail to Label No. (3) aforesaid, but adding the words "Republique d' Haiti" at the top, along with descriptive wording, was handstamped with dark purple or black ink.

D. Recent Use of Jamboree Air Mail Cachets

Although the connection is not clear, on October 23, 1961, West Germany Scouts marked a meeting at Eversberg with the production of a cacheted card, featuring two of the four Gödöllő Jamboree air mail cachets (Gödöllő-Budapest variety), printed in brown on yellow stock with vertical wording in green.  Perhaps, they just liked the designs, which hadn't been used for some 28 years!

Post Office Advertising Circular
Post Office Advertising Circular

Haiti Commemorative Envelope
Haiti Commemorative Envelope

West Germany Scout Card

West Germany Scout Card

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