You could spend all day perusing these scans of every Girl Scout catalog from 1917 to today. There were some years in which a new catalog was not issued; other years have more than one edition. Not only can you follow the different styles, but the prices and the type of items offered. At one time, you could order a pattern and make your own uniform. Newer catalogs have dolls.
I was a Brownie in 1964 and ’65. I didn’t have to order a uniform from the catalog, because a dress store in my town carried them in stock. My hometown no longer has any dress stores. I loved to think about growing up to wear a green uniform, and considered the cadet style to be the best. My Girl Scout career did not last that long.
One thing that struck me saws how a short coat dress uniform cost $4.50 in 1924, and a middy and bloomers for camping cost $4. Then 40 years later in 1964, the cost of a junior uniform had risen to $6.50. Another 40 years later in 2005, a vest and skort would run you $38.75 (and if you didn’t provide your own shirt, that was another $21.50). Since 2008, they’ve pretty much done away with uniforms, except for Daisys and Brownies. The only requirement is a vest or sash to display badges, and those are only worn for special ceremonies. I’m sure there are other fascination tidbits to find in this collection. -via Metafilter