Long before Instagram and eons before selfies, Girl Guides captured their forever memories by printing and developing photos and carefully preserving them in photo albums. Among the favourite items in our national archives collection are two black photo albums titled, “Early Days of Guiding in Canada Prior to 1934” and “Guiding in Canada 1924-1934.” Despite our preservation efforts, the paper is starting to deteriorate and some of the photos are fading and yellowing. Over the last few years we have been scanning these pictures to ensure that they are available for future researchers and members to enjoy.
Below are a selection of images from these albums, offering an enlightening reflection on the Guiding experiences of years past. Even without knowing all the details about these photos we love the way they showcase girls’ experiences and excitement in the early years of Guiding.
Explore some of the previous posts in the Opening the Vaults series from our national archives: Creative camp gadgets; 1920s and 1930s Campfires and Cookbooks; The Maple Leaf Forever; Mountaineer, Explorer and Girl Guide Phyllis Munday.