The Virtual Corkscrew Museum's Daily Newspaper

Monday, May 12, 2003

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Guiding Girls

Savannah, Georgia - On this date in 1912, Juliette Gordon Low organized the first meeting of the Girl Guides in the United States.

In 1908 Sir Robert Baden-Powell officially founded the Boy Scout Movement in England. He was astounded when a number of girls attended a huge rally at London's Crystal Palace in 1909. He decided the girls should have their own movement and "The Scheme for Girl Guides" was published in the November, 1909 issue of the Boy Scout Gazette. In 1910, Robert asked his sister Agnes to take charge of the movement and in that year, the Girl Guides Association was founded.

Juliette Gordon Low was living in London and she met Robert and Agnes Baden-Powell. She worked with the Girl Guides program in England before returning to the United States.

In 1913, the Girl Guides' handbook, How Girls Can Help their Country, was published. It described new roles for women, encouraging them to pursue careers such as astronomers, aviators, doctors, and scientists, . In addition the book contained practical information on gardening, first aid, domestic arts, , and other subjects. In 1913 the Girl Guides became the "Girl Scouts."

This Girl Guides knife has a master blade, a can opener blade, a punch, an a corkscrew. The knife was made by W. Mount & Son in Sheffield, England.

The steel handle has the English Registration number 494,338. That Registration number is from 1907.

Ice Cream

New York, New York - On this date in 1777 the first advertisement for ice cream in the United States appeared in the New York Gazette. Philip Lenzi announced that ice cream was available "almost every day." Three years prior to that advertisement Philip Lenzi announced that he had just arrived from London and was prepared to supply various sweets, including ice cream.

Spencer, Iowa - The corkscrew / knife pictured here advertises Northwest Ice Cream, Spencer, Iowa. We have no details on the firm and cannot come up with relationship between corkscrews and ice cream.

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