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From the collection of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace.pdf

From the collection of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace.pdf

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A summary of the rapid evolution of Girl Scout uniforms from about 1912 - 1918 illustrated with pictures from the archival collection of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, Savannah, GA, with particular attention to construction, fabric and style details.
A summary of the rapid evolution of Girl Scout uniforms from about 1912 - 1918 illustrated with pictures from the archival collection of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, Savannah, GA, with particular attention to construction, fabric and style details.

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From the collection of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, Savannah Georgia. Use restrictedto the History Committee uniform construction workshop, Girl Scouts of Northern Californiafor workshops. Any distribution, copies, publication is only by express permission.This photograph dates to 1912-1913. It may have been a staged promotional shot. Notice thatthe girls are all wearing purchased Campaign hats. Like most veryearly pictures, the girls are wearing skirts rather than bloomers. Theskirts are quite short for the era, and were referred to as “shortskirts”. You can only see one of the girl’s black woolen hose thatseem to be thigh high rather than above – knee length. They are allwearing middy tops. Some of the sleeves have cuffs, some do not,and two of their middies have a single pocket on the girls’ left handside. The others do not sport a pocket. Only one of the girls has a troop crest and it is theoldest English style crest which was black felt with colorful embroidery. Their uniformsappear to be a relatively heavy duck. The skirts have deep hems for growth and probably hada drawstring waist, again for growth. They have pretty bulky scarves that appear to be squaresfolded rather than triangular in shape. The knots vary, with square, one Windsor and at leastone granny!From the collection of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, Savannah Georgia. Use restrictedto the History Committee uniform construction workshop, Girl Scouts of Northern Californiafor workshops. Any distribution, copies, publication is only by express permissionThis is the Daisy Patrol in Savannah, GA in fall 1912. You willnotice that their clothing is still only barely uniform, and not allof the girls had a uniform on at all. Sailor outfits were typicalschool and play clothing, and many girls just repurposedclothing they already owned for their Girl Scout uniform. This isone of the reason the blue uniform was not really very popularwith girls. They craved a more courageous and adventurous look to match their activities.From the collection of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, Savannah Georgia. Use restrictedto the History Committee uniform construction workshop, Girl Scouts of Northern Californiafor workshops. Any distribution, copies, publication is only by express permissionThis posed promotional shot was taken in 1912- 1913. Notice the GirlScout’s neck scarf is quite bulky, probably a square rather than triangle.It is tied in a Windsor knot. She has one of the oldest English crests, blackfelt with colorful embroidery. Her sleeves do not have cuffs, her middyhas no pockets, and her skirt seems to have a center front seam, so maybutton up in the front under the middy. She has black woolen hose thatare thigh high and has side button tall shoes. She has a large black bow securing her hair.
 
From the collection of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, Savannah Georgia. Use restrictedto the History Committee uniform construction workshop, Girl Scouts of Northern Californiafor workshops. Any distribution, copies, publication is only by express permissionThe Forget-Me-Not patrol formed in 1912, but this picture may befrom as late as spring or summer 1913. You will notice theseSavannah girls are all wearing a middy uniform, but have selectedwhite, a cooler color to wear in the hot Savannah climate. The tiesvary greatly in knot style, length, width and color. Sleeves aremostly short, and most of the girls have tucked in tops.From the collection of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, Savannah Georgia. Use restrictedto the History Committee uniform construction workshop, Girl Scouts of Northern Californiafor workshops. Any distribution, copies, publication is only by express permissionThese 1912-1913 first aiders sport Middy tops, 2 with elbow lengthsleeves and one appears to be long sleeves. They have narrow bandties and white hair bows.From the collection of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, Savannah Georgia. Use restrictedto the History Committee uniform construction workshop, Girl Scouts of Northern Californiafor workshops. Any distribution, copies, publication is only by express permissionThis is the White Rose Patrol, summer 1912, at Camp Lowlands atHawkins Point, Savannah GA. The girls have white middy tops, darkskirts (mostly) and dark ties.
 
From the collection of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, Savannah Georgia. Use restrictedto the History Committee uniform construction workshop, Girl Scouts of Northern Californiafor workshops. Any distribution, copies, publication is only by express permissionThe girls in 1912 had to make their own uniforms. For some this meantlearning to sew on a machine for the first time, and how to embroiderbadges! This is probably a posed promotional shot the girls sport bluemiddy tops and skirts. Two have the oldest English style crests which areblack felt with colorful embroidered floral designs. Two of the girls appearto have square scarves and two triangular. The girl who is standing seems to have a circularwhite insignia on her sleeve. One of the girls skirt has a center seam, so it probably fastenerswith center buttons under the middy. At least two of the girls have cuffed sleeves. It is notclear if they have pockets on their middies or not.From the collection of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, Savannah Georgia. Use restrictedto the History Committee uniform construction workshop, Girl Scouts of Northern Californiafor workshops. Any distribution, copies, publication is only by express permissionIn this ca 1912 – 1913 picture taken in Savannah, GA, you can see manyof the uniform variations common in the early days. The color of themiddy tops and skits is in various shades, and the ties also vary oncolor, style, size and knot! Some of the girls have a shirt on under theirmiddy, some have tie fastening their collar quite high, but some have adistinct v at their neckline! There are several different collar cuts. At least one of the girls hasher middy belted at the waist but most wear it loose in tunic style. Several of the girls haveshort sleeves. Few have crests, but they are still the round, black English black felt crests.Most sport hair bows. The few that have a pocket on their middy have a handkerchief in theirpocket. Most of the girls have unconstructed draw string skirts, but you can see a couple havemore tailored pleated skirts. At least one has a jacket style top with a blouse underneath, thecollar our side the Jacket collar. Several of the girls have ribbons at their left shoulderindicating elected rank.From the collection of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, Savannah Georgia. Use restrictedto the History Committee uniform construction workshop, Girl Scouts of Northern Californiafor workshops. Any distribution, copies, publication is only by express permissionOnly one of these 1912 Girl Scouts from Savannah has a tie on hermiddy. One has a lace up neck line and short sleeves. The girls withlong hair have large hair bows. One girl’s skirt is quite full and short.One has a center seam and probably fastens under the middy with abutton up center. The sleeves that are not pushed up appear to havea taper to the wrist but no cuff.

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