Be Prepared – Girl Scout (Of America?) postcard

A charming khaki lass … obviously some kind of Girl Scout, but not standard uniform.

White bell tents can be glimpsed in the trees behind her bobbed hair and khaki hat.

Is this a sword or a Scout staff?

Possibly American, as the postcard copyright is Reinthal and Newman in New York and the artist working in America is Philip Boileau (1864-1917). The card was printed in England.

Another interesting card in my collection.

Prototype Girl Scout Of America khaki conversion (2nd from right) from STS Little Britons LBB30 Boy Scout (left) from their 42mm range. More on their way.

Yesterday and today, dodging the heat wave in the UK, I will be working indoors on further khaki clad Girl Scouts (Of America) figure conversions to make up another (mixed skin tone) patrol for my Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop Project.

Philip Boileau the artist

According to Saturday Evening Post Archive:

“Philip Boileau (1864-1917) painted 34 covers for The Saturday Evening Post between 1907 and his early death from pneumonia in 1917. Most of his covers featured portraits of beautiful, rosy-cheeked women on a white background.”

“Boileau was born in Canada and grew up in England. He moved to Baltimore, MD, in 1897, where he painted portraits of wealthy Baltimoreans. Later, he moved to Philadelphia, where is work was exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. After moving to New York, her married Emily Gilbert in 1907. He died ten years later, in 1917, at age 53.”


Interesting – The Saturday Evening Post sometimes featured attractive portraits of Girl Scouts Of America and Camp Fire Girls on the cover, so this is another Scouting connection.

The period Boileau was working for Saturday Evening Post covered the establishment of BP “Be Prepared” Baden Powell’s Boy Scouts in 1908, unofficial Girl Scouts, Girl Guides 1910 and Girl Scouts of America in 1912, two years after the Boy Scouts Of America in 1910. Camp Fire Girls were formed in America in 1912, but informally established by the Gulicks from 1907-10.

One of Boileau’s last published covers for Saturday Evening Post features a very Camp Fire Girl or Minute Girl of 1917 looking portrait pose, with orange red neck tie.

Reinthal and Newman Card No. 750 – Sadly not posted, date stamped or written on.

And finally … a link to the latest patrol of Girl Scouts of America figure conversions from Boy Scout figures:

“Be prepared” for the hot weather – keep safe.

Blog posted by Mark Man Of TIN, 1970s British Boy Scout (Bronze Arrow, retired) on 17 July 2022.


2 thoughts on “Be Prepared – Girl Scout (Of America?) postcard”

  1. Thanks for sharing the card and the artist, most interesting.
    Be prepared is indeed a word in season as the sun beats down upon us.
    Alan Tradgardland


    1. Thanks. A card worth sharing with the world, and an artist whose career was cut short by Influenza 1917 (so maybe not the Spanish Flu pandemic of a year later?)
      Be Prepared indeed – I hope you are all keeping cool.


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