HBU is also collecting a variety of other information providing insigts into the uniforms worn by uniformed youth groups. One interesting source of information is postage stamps. The postage stamps provide some useful informattion as to how these groups are viewed in different countries. Not all youth groups have been extensively used for postage stamps. Certainly the Scouts were the most frequently depicted.
HBU has obtained information about postage stamps commemorating the following youth organizations:
The youth group that has most commnly been depicted on postage stamps has been the Boys Scouts. More than 100 countries and dependencies have commemorated the Boy Scouts. Many countries, as Scouting has esisted for nearly 100 years now, have issued several stamps over the years. Various national uniforms are highlighted as well as changes over time.
Britain has issued postage stamps commenorating the Boys' Brigade.
The United States has issued postage stamps commenorating Boys' Clubs.
The United States has issued postage stamps commenorating Camp Fire.
The Third Reich existed for only 12 years. Even so, the Government issued different stamps commemorating the Hitler Youth.
Italy's Fascist Government issued stamps honoring the Bailail, but I m not sure about the other nstionaslist groups with the exception of the Hitler Youth.
The Soviets and eastern European satellite states issued stamps honoring the Young Pioneers.
One useful aspect of postage stamps is that they either have dates on them, or can be dated using stamp catalogs. Thus can be very useful in establishing the country involved and the year--every difficult to establish in many photographic images. Thus they can be useful in ascertaing uniform styles during specific periods.
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