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Boy Scout Issue

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3-cent Boy Scouts single

The Department issued this 3-cent Boy Scouts of America commemorative stamp through the Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, post office on June 30, 1950. Appearing prominently in the left center portion of the stamp are a group of three boys, typifying the three-age level programs of the Boy Scouts of America; namely, venturing (then known as exploring), boy scouting, and cub scouting. In the background appears an image of the Statue of Liberty, symbolizing the organization's crusade to "Strengthen the Arm of Liberty." In the right center portion appears the membership badge of the Boy Scouts of America, above which is the wording "On My Honor I Will Do My Best" and below which is "Boy Scouts of America" in dark Roman lettering. In a narrow shaded panel across the bottom of the stamp are the words "United States Postage" in white-faced Roman with the denomination numeral "3c" enclosed in a circle in the extreme lower left corner.

The stamp was printed by the rotary process in brown, electric-eye perforated, and issued in pans of fifty subjects. The printing of 125 million copies of this stamp was authorized.

Reference: Postal Bulletin (May 23, 1950)

Jeffrie H Lovell

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