Arago: Camp Fire Girls Issue

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Camp Fire Girls Issue

The Department issued this 4-cent stamp on November 1, 1960, through the New York, New York, post office in honor of the Camp Fire Girls. This stamp was issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Camp Fire Girls' movement, in connection with the Golden Jubilee Convention celebration of the organization. Designed by H. Edward Oliver, the stamp features the insignia of the Camp Fire Girls.

Founded in 1910, Camp Fire Girls sought to promote health and spirit in girls, often through outdoor activities such as hiking and camping that traditionally had not been available to them. The organization also advocated other nontraditional ideas such as measuring and creating standards for women's work, promoting teamwork among girls, and preparing women for new economic conditions. The organization officially opened its membership to boys in 1975, and is now known as Camp Fire USA.

The stamp was printed on the Giori press and issued in panes of fifty stamps each. An initial printing of 120 million stamps was authorized.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (September 29, 1960).

Campfire Girls USA website. http://www.campfire.org/all_about_us/history.asp


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