Fun fact: Today, Girl Scouts are celebrating 100 years of existence. I came across this single, striking image taken by renowned Life photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt (known for his V-J Day In Times Square photo) in 1940 — and can't help but wonder who the girl is. Any ideas? She looks like she's about 13, which would put her at about 85 years old.
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A Girl Scout salutes the flag with three fingers, New York, January 1940
Life has more historical photos — of the first-ever Girl Scout, Daisy Gordon Lawrence.
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The first girl scout, Daisy Gordon Lawrence (left), demonstrates techniques like rope-tying and fire-making to young scouts in the late 1940s. See more from this series on Life's site.
Some more fun facts:
- The green and white Girl Scouts emblem was designed by legendary graphic designer Saul Bass (though it was "revised" a few years ago).
- The founder of the Girl Scouts was nearly deaf.
- Notable former Girl Scouts include Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice and Lucille Ball.
- Thin Mints are the most popular selling Girl Scout cookie, according to The Washington Post.
- The Library of Congress has a great collection of early Girl Scout photos.
Were you a Girl Scout and do you have photos? Share them with us! Most important, what's your favorite cookie?