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One Marshmallow Too Many: 1912

One Marshmallow Too Many: 1912

"Boy Scout training demonstration, 1912." Washington, D.C. Our fourth look at Scout first aid, this one showing a litter made using two poles and some clothing. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.


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This method probably not so good for those with a broken leg.

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Reminds me of Finnish painter Hugo Simberg's Wounded Angel.

Contagious Enthusiasm

Could these boys be any more excited about saving a life or are they auditioning for the Sad Sack movie? We know the Boy Scouts were founded in 1910 and they improved every year but as shown here, one would have to be less than three feet tall to fit on this litter without having ones' feet dragging on the ground. Great photo though and I think that the B.S.A. are a stellar group of young men.


Oft times your titles out do the photos. Nicely done again.

[Aw shucks. - Dave]


It's interesting that 5-6 years later some of these boys were probably doing these same activities in WWI


The sharpness and fidelity of that are incredible. It's like the kids are popping out of the frame, they're so perfectly in focus.

[What America needs is a point-and-shoot that'll take 8x10 glass plates. - Dave]

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