Stamps celebrate Girl Guide centenary

The Cayman Islands Postal Service’s final stamp issue of 2010 was released on 17 December and featured the centenary of the Girl Guide movement.

The set of four stamps and first-day cover included various denominations: 20 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents and 80 cents.

The stamps represent a blend of the Girl Guide’s events and features from its past and present.

For instance, the 20 cent stamp titled Uniforms illustrates the different uniforms of the movement, and the 50 cent stamp titled Parade depicts Girl Guiding in the 1930s. The images have a God Save the King slogan on the banner.

The 25 cent stamp shows young guides camping, and the 80 cent stamp portrays the badges that guides receive as they move from Rainbow (red) to Brownie (yellow) and up to Girl Guides (blue).

Historical records revealed that Girl Guiding began in 1910 by Lord Robert Baden-Powell, who two years earlier had founded the Boys Scouts.

In 1909, a group of girls crashed a Scout rally held at Crystal Palace in London and begged Scout leader Baden-Powell to be admitted to the programme.

Not wishing to enrol the girls in the same organisation as the boys, Baden-Powell engaged his sister Agnes to help him establish a similar movement for girls.

The Girl Guides Association was thus formed in May 1910, with Agnes Baden-Powell as its first president.

Guiding began in the Cayman Islands in the 1930s. It was spearheaded by the commissioner’s wife and had leaders such as the late Ella Hurlston-Latter, Phoebe Spence and a few members who are still around and are celebrated as its heritage ladies.

“We are delighted to be observing this tremendous achievement and are truly grateful that Cayman Islands Postal Service has joined us in our celebrations by producing this distinct stamp issue,” said Joy Frater, Island Commissioner, Girl Guide Association. “This is a significant year for us and we are thrilled to have been given this extraordinary memento, which will serve as a reminder of this occasion for years to come.”

“The Cayman Islands Postal Service’s newest stamp collection celebrates the Girl Guides movement’s long and rich history, and we were pleased to do our part to showcase the organisation’s achievements and its place in our society throughout the years,” said Postmaster General Sheena Glasgow.

For more information on this stamp issue or any other, contact Philatelic Manager Karen McField at 946.4756 or email 
[email protected] or caymanpost.gov.ky

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