The Last Boy Scout

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Printed in three colors — red, blue, and khaki — this four-cent stamp celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America with a design by Norman Rockwell, whose artwork was synonymous with the organization for decades: He served as art editor of Boy’s Life magazine, and he painted beloved scenes for the Boy Scouts’ calendar for nearly half a century.

When it debuted on February 8, 1960, the Boy Scouts stamp broke all previous records for cancelled covers: 1,419,955 in all. The U.S. Postal Service® no longer issues stamps to celebrate specific organizations — there are simply too many worthy cases to consider, and too few slots in each year’s program — but you may have noticed that two recent “Celebrate Scouting” stamps were well-timed indeed: The first was issued in 2010, the year of the Boy Scouts’ 100th anniversary, while a companion stamp in 2012 coincided with the Girl Scouts’ centennial.

uspsstamps:

Printed in three colors — red, blue, and khaki — this four-cent stamp celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America with a design by Norman Rockwell, whose artwork was synonymous with the organization for decades: He served as art editor of Boy’s Life magazine, and he painted beloved scenes for the Boy Scouts’ calendar for nearly half a century.

When it debuted on February 8, 1960, the Boy Scouts stamp broke all previous records for cancelled covers: 1,419,955 in all. The U.S. Postal Service® no longer issues stamps to celebrate specific organizations — there are simply too many worthy cases to consider, and too few slots in each year’s program — but you may have noticed that two recent “Celebrate Scouting” stamps were well-timed indeed: The first was issued in 2010, the year of the Boy Scouts’ 100th anniversary, while a companion stamp in 2012 coincided with the Girl Scouts’ centennial.

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