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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CHRISTMAS PRINTS

Instant Message: 1923

Instant Message: 1923

June 16, 1923. "Semaphore signals -- Boy Scouts at Lincoln Memorial." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

EVENTS
1. COMPASS
2. SEMAPHORE SIGNAL
3. FIRST AID
4. INT'N'L MORSE SIGNAL
5. FIRE BY DRILL
6. TENT PITCHING
    and (saving the best for last)
7. FIRE BEDS & WATER BOILING
 
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Meetings

I make it "INTER CITY MEET". Had same trouble with last word, but "meet" makes some sense.

Semaphore trivia

The (now) well known "peace symbol" was designed in 1958 as a logo for the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. It represents the combined semaphore signals for "N" and "D."

(https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1777365)

Intercity mashup

I make out INTER for the first group of five on the left, then CITY for the middle four, but then things fall apart for the quartet on the right: MXX(or V)T. Maybe there are better Boy Scouts or Girl Guides out there than me who can decipher this.

Fire beds??

I'm thinking that #7 actually reads "Fire Bldg. & Water Boiling." I find that I build fires lots more than I put them to bed.

[A "fire bed" is the base you prepare your campfire on. It's also a way to "sleep warm." Excerpt below from the 1915 BSA Yearbook. - Dave]

 
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