Opening the Vaults: Before there was Instagram…

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.

Album cover

Album cover

 

2nd Denbigh Guides in Camp

2nd Denbigh Guides in Camp

 

While there’s no date or caption to provide specific information about this image, it is obvious that this girl member was participating in a special moment during her time in Guiding.

While there’s no date or caption to provide specific information about this image, it is obvious that this girl member was participating in a special moment during her time in Guiding.

 

1917

1917

 

Pike Lake Camp 1925

Pike Lake Camp 1925

 

King, Ontario

King, Ontario

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.

This entry was posted in Opening the Vaults, Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s