DANIEL C. BEARD - DOCUMENT SIGNED 10/19/1923 - HFSID 154902
DANIEL C. BEARD. Partly Printed Card signed: "Dan Beard", 4½x3. Circa 1923. Headed: "Dayton Council/Boy Scouts of America". In full: "This is to Certify that Scout Roy Fitzgerald of Troop No.
Sale Price $488.75
DANIEL C. BEARD. Partly Printed Card signed: "Dan Beard", 4½x3. Circa 1923. Headed: "Dayton Council/Boy Scouts of America". In full: "This is to Certify that Scout Roy Fitzgerald of Troop No. 20 has been promoted to the rank of Eagle at the Court of Honor Session held at Old Court House on Oct. 19, 1923". Filled out in unknown hand. Embossed seal at lower left margin. Also signed by the Scout Executive and the Eagle Scout Commissioner. Slightly rippled, lightly soiled. Worn at upper left blank margin. Mounting remnants on verso (no show through). Accompanied by a magazine illustration of a Boy Scout by Norman Rockwell, cut from a cover of "The Saturday Evening Post". Color, 7x9½. Slightly creased. Irregularly cut. Fine condition. Daniel Carter Beard (1850-1941) illustrated many books (among them the first edition of Mark Twain's Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court) and taught animal drawing. He became interested in work for boys, and his best-known book, The American Boys' Handy Book, was published in 1882. Founder (1910) of the Boy Scouts of America, he served for the remainder of his life as National Scout Commissioner and Chairman of the Court of Honor. To boys all over the country he was known as "Uncle Dan". It was his idea to Americanize the Boy Scout fleur-de-lis by adding the American eagle and shield. Beard received the only Gold Eagle Badge ever awarded. Two items.
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