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1950 Boy Scout National Jamboree Patches

1950 Boy Scout National Jamboree Patches

1950 Boy Scout National Jamboree Patches
P & Q are similar to the others but instead of stars between the BSA there are small o’s. This would require a different punch pattern in manufacturing. It’s possible that prototypes had separate punch patterns, but an interesting detail. The Little Valley Forge badge is from Lansing, MI. The is commonly assumed that it’s an activity after the Jamboree, but recent evidence shows that it was traded at the 1950 Jamboree. Perhaps it was some kind of “shake-down” or pre-Jamboree training. Perhaps one of these others is from Lansing.

About prototypes. Collectors often call anything they can't classify a prototype. It is known that manufacturers made prototype samples for National BSA. One exists for 1935, one is known for 1957 and 1960. The California badges are questionable for 1953. It seems logical that with the change from the composition emblem to cloth, embroidered prototypes might have been made. Perhaps one or more of these are prototypes, but no documentation exists.
Akron Ohio BadgeAkron Ohio Boy Scout Badge

Akron, OH Contingent issue. Dave Leubitz an Akron, OH collector found a small cache of these badge in the 1980’s in the J.C. Heistand estate. Medina, Ohio was part of the old Akron Council. When seen on the 1950 Jamboree shirt the badge can be identified. J.C. Heistand was the President of Ohio Farmers Insurance in Westfield, OH. Heistand developed the insignia for the Region 4 Band and it’s believed he financed the cut edge 1950 Jamboree badge for the Akron, OH contingent.
Valley Forge 1950 Boy Scout Council Badge

Valley Forge Council contingent issue.
I learned the history of this badge at a 1980’s Philadelphia TOR. I had a rolled edge 1950 badge on my table. A man expressed an interest, he asked if I’ trade, he produced this cut edge badge. He returned with a friend who had attended 1950 with him. His friend wanted the rolled edge badge, I had another. His friend produced a cut edge. They told me that they received the canvas emblem but the troop or someone made the cut edge badge and that is what they sewed on their shirts. They told me that neither had much money at the Jamboree and weren’t sure if they even knew there was an official rolled edge badge until years later.
1950 Jamboree, 1973-1977 Reproductions
1950 Boy Scout National Jamboree Patch Reproductions
1950 Composition BadgesThe two composition badges to the left are sometimes called prototypes. But they are just partially manufactured. These were printed on large sheets. Then a coating was applied and they were punched out of the background. I was responsible for releasing these into the collecting community. I received them from a man who had worked in the National Supply print shop. I never traded them as prototypes but others identified them as such.
1950 Original Jamboree ArtworkMaking of the 1950 Boy Scout Jamboree Patches

To the left is original artwork for the 1950 emblem. Except for the background change, blue to gold, details are almost identical in the composition emblem. Note the brown boot in the artwork and on the canvas emblem. The detailing in the cape and position of letters is almost identical. A drawing like this would be supplied to the printer and embroidery company. The design would be copied as carefully as possible. Brown boots changed to black in the embroidered badge and the amount of red in Washington’s cape is reduced.
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Paul Myers Goshen, Indiana