US BSA Stamp Collecting Merit Badge Pamphlets

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YearFront CoverAuthor PageRequirements  Back CoverNotes
19311931 Front Cover 1931 Author Page 1931 Requirements Page     Blank brown back cover ©1931

2M-December, 1931

On the front cover, "NEW YORK CITY"

BSA No. 3359

Typo: last two requirements both numbered "7."

pages iii, iv, 1-38, plus covers.
19321932 Front Cover 1932 Author Page 1932 Requirements Page     Blank brown back cover ©1931

2M-March, 1932

Requirement 8 numbered properly

pages iii, iv, 1-38, plus covers.
19331933 Front Cover 1933 Author Page 1933 Requirements Page     Blank brown back cover ©1931

2M-September, 1933

pages iii, iv, 1-38, plus covers.
19351935 Front Cover 1935 Author Page 1935 Requirements Page     Blank brown back cover ©1931

2M-November, 1935

On the front cover, "NEW YORK, N. Y."

pages iii, iv, 1-38, plus covers.
19381938 Front Cover 1938 Author Page 1938 Requirements Page     Blank brown back cover ©1931

3M-November, 1936

Requirements effective Jan. 1, 1938

Paper of new requirements pasted on top of old requirements in 1936 printing.

pages iii, iv, 1-38, plus covers.
19391939 Front Cover 1939 Author Page 1939 Requirements Page     Blank brown back cover ©1931

3M-April, 1939

On the front cover, smaller First Class Badge, one address line.

44 (38 numbered) pages plus covers.
19421942 Front Cover 1942 Author Page 1942 Requirements Page     1942 Back Cover ©1931

2000342

Multicolor Covers and inside covers.  Made with 3 staples.

44 (39 numbered) pages plus covers.
Early
1944
1944early Front Cover 1944early Author Page 1944early Requirements Page     1944early Back Cover ©1931

4000344

Multicolor Covers and inside covers.  Made with 1 staple.

44 (39 numbered) pages plus covers.
Late
1944
1944late Front Cover 1944late Author Page 1944late Requirements Page     1944late Back Cover ©1931

4000344

Red only on front & back covers.  Made with 1 staple.

44 (39 numbered) pages plus covers.
19451945 Front Cover 1945 Author Page 1947 Requirements Page     Blank creme back cover ©1931

30001045

On the front cover, font of "COLLECTING" changed & Merit Badge image moved to the left.

On the Author page, font size of "Printed in U.S.A." decreased.

Requirement 6 was retyped.

Made with 2 staples.

44 (39 numbered) pages plus covers.
19471947 Front Cover 1947 Author Page 1947 Requirements Page     Blank creme back cover ©1931

30001147

44 (39 numbered) pages plus covers.
19481948 Front Cover 1948 Author Page 1948 Requirements Page     Blank creme back cover ©1931

4000848

On the front cover, font of "COLLECTING" changed again.

44 (39 numbered) pages plus covers.
19501950 Front Cover 1950 Author Page 1950 Requirements Page     Blank creme back cover ©1931

4000150

44 (39 numbered) pages plus covers.
YearFront CoverAuthor PageRequirementsReference Books Back CoverNotes
19511951 Front Cover 1951 Author Page 1951 Requirements Page 1951 Book Reference   1951 Back Cover ©1951

5000551

Thorsen's Boy Scout Stamps of the World, 1950 added to Book section.

56 (51 numbered) pages plus covers.
19541954 Front Cover 1954 Author Page 1954 Requirements Page 1954 Book Reference   1954 Back Cover ©1951

15M654

Requirement 6d was printed too far to the left. [since 1951]

Thorsen's Book's publisher changed to 'Redson-Rice'.[since 1951]

56 pages plus covers.
19551955 Front Cover 1955 Author Page 1955 Requirements Page 1955 Book Reference   1955 Back Cover ©1951

20M555

56 pages plus covers.
19581958 Front Cover 1958 Author Page 1958 Requirements Page 1958 Book Reference   1958 Back Cover ©1951

10M1158

56 (51 numbered) pages plus covers.
19601960 Front Cover 1960 Author Page 1960 Requirements Page 1960 Book Reference   1960 Back Cover ©1951

17M460

Type was reset for requirements 1a, 6a, b & d. [since 1958]

Publisher information was removed from the More Help in Books section. [since 1958]

56 (51 numbered) pages plus covers.

35 Cents
19611961 Front Cover 1961 Author Page 1961 Requirements Page 1961 Book Reference   1961 Back Cover ©1951

18M1261

56 pages plus covers.

35¢
19631963 Front Cover 1963 Author Page 1963 Requirements Page 1963 Book Reference   1963 Back Cover ©1951

18M363

56 pages plus covers.

35¢
19641964 Front Cover 1964 Author Page 1964 Requirements Page 1964 Book Reference   1964 Back Cover ©1951

18M364

56 pages plus covers.

35¢
YearFront CoverAuthor PageRequirementsReference BooksPhilatelic SocietiesBack CoverNotes
19651965 Front Cover
1965 Front Hard Cover
1965 Author Page 1965 Requirements Page 1965 Book Reference 1965 Philatelic Societies 1965 Back Cover
1965 Back Hard Cover
©1951

18M265

Known with Hard Covers (called Library Bound Edition) with red "FDB" in circle printed on back hard cover.

Boy Scout Stamps of the World was updated to Thorsen & McKinney's Scouts on Stamps of the World

A Philatelic Societies section was added that contained SOSSI at 18 Ryan Road, Highland Park, NJ

56 pages plus soft covers.

35¢
19661966 Front Cover 1966 Author Page 1966 Requirements Page 1966 Book Reference 1966 Philatelic Societies 1966 Back Cover ©1966

20M766

SOSSI contact information was changed to "May [sic] L. Rogers, secretary, 37 Spindle Road, Hicksville, N. Y. 11801"

Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 19-600

40 pages plus covers.

35¢
19671967 Front Cover 1967 Author Page 1967 Requirements Page 1967 Book Reference 1967 Philatelic Societies 1967 Back Cover ©1966

17M767

40 pages plus covers.

35¢
19681968 Front Cover
1968 Front Hard Cover
1968 Author Page 1968 Requirements Page 1968 Book Reference 1968 Philatelic Societies 1968 Back Cover
1968 Back Hard Cover
©1966

33M968

Known with Hard Covers with "flb" in red square printed on back hard cover.

40 pages plus soft covers.
19711971 Front Cover 1971 Author Page 1971 Requirements Page 1971 Book Reference 1971 Philatelic Societies 1971 Back Cover ©1966

15M171

On the Author page, the BSA city was changed from New Brunswick to North Brunswick [from 1968]

40 pages plus covers.
19721972 Front Cover
1972 Front Hard Cover
1972 Author Page 1972 Requirements Page 1972 Book Reference 1972 Philatelic Societies 1972 Back Cover
1972 Back Hard Cover
©1966

15M272

On the Author page, W. Arthur McKinney's title changed to former  Boys' Life stamp collecting editor.

On the back hard cover of the Library Bound Edition, the two red dots below the "flb" red square have been replaced with the black number "3722".

SOSSI Secretary Rogers' first name was corrected from "May" to "Jay"

ISBN 0-8395-3359-4

40 pages plus covers.
19731973 Front Cover 1973 Author Page 1973 Requirements Page 1973 Book Reference 1973 Philatelic Societies 1973 Back Cover ©1966

13M573

All 6 requirements were reworded, yet the copyright year was not changed.

For the first time, the image of the merit badge, which is on every front cover, shows 2 stamps instead of 3.

40 pages plus covers.
YearFront CoverAuthor PageRequirementsPhilatelic SocietiesBack CoverNotes
19741974 Front Cover 1974 Author Page 1974 Requirements Page 1 1974 Requirements Page 2 1974 Philatelic Societies 1974 Back Cover ©1974

20M974

Harry Thorsen became the author and dramatically increased the visibility of Scout stamps, including a 7 page sub-section of the Topical Collections section and portions of his book Stories Behind The Scout Stamps.

In this revision, the number of requirements was increased from 6 to 10.

In the Philatelic Societies section, SOSSI's contact information was changed to "1000 Golfview Road, Glenview, Ill. 60025"

48 pages plus covers.
1974 Scouts on Stamps page 35 1974 Scouts on Stamps page 36 1974 Scouts on Stamps page 37 1974 Scouts on Stamps page 38 1974 Scouts on Stamps page 39
1974 Scouts on Stamps page 40 1974 Scouts on Stamps page 41 1974 Stories Behind Stamps page 27 1974 Stories Behind Stamps page 28
19761976 Front Cover 1976 Author Page 1976 Requirements Page 1 1976 Requirements Page 2 1976 Philatelic Societies 1976 Back Cover ©1974

10M1176

Thorsen's title changed to "Founder, Scouts on Stamps Society, International". [since 1974]

48 pages plus covers.
19781978 Front Cover 1978 Author Page 1978 Requirements Page 1 1978 Requirements Page 2 1978 Philatelic Societies 1978 Back Cover ©1974

7M478

48 pages plus covers.
19801980 Front Cover 1980 Author Page 1980 Requirements Page 1 1980 Requirements Page 2 1980 Philatelic Societies 1980 Back Cover ©1974

6M980

The matching font of "STAMP COLLECTING" on the cover and the title page changed from hollow to serf. [since 1978]

In 'Philatelic Societies', SOSSI address changed to "7305 Bounty Drive Sarasota, Fla. 33581" [since 1978]

48 pages plus covers.
19811981 Front Cover 1981 Author Page 1981 Requirements Page 1 1981 Requirements Page 2 1981 Philatelic Societies 1981 Back Cover ©1974

6.5M781

48 pages plus covers.
19831983 Front Cover 1983 Author Page 1983 Requirements Page 1 1983 Requirements Page 2 1983 Philatelic Societies 1983 Back Cover ©1974

6.5M783

Requirements were retyped [since 1981]

In 'Philatelic Societies', SOSSI address changed to Tampa, FL [since 1981]

48 pages plus covers.
19841984 Front Cover 1984 Author Page 1984 Requirements Page 1 1984 Requirements Page 2 1984 Philatelic Societies 1984 Back Cover ©1974

5.5M1084

48 pages plus covers.
19871987 Front Cover 1987 Author Page 1987 Requirements Page 1 1987 Requirements Page 2 1987 Philatelic Societies 1987 Back Cover ©1974

5M1187

48 pages plus covers.
19881988 Front Cover 1988 Author Page 1987 Requirements Page 1 1988 Requirements Page 2 1988 Philatelic Societies 1988 Back Cover ©1974

5M1188

48 pages plus covers.
19901990 Front Cover 1990 Author Page 1990 Requirements Page 1 1990 Requirements Page 2 1990 Philatelic Societies 1990 Back Cover ©1974

5M1190

On the front cover, additional white space was added under the second thick horizontal red line at top. [since 1988]

48 pages plus covers.
19931993 Front Cover 1993 Title Page
1993 Acknowledgments Page
1993 Contents Page 1993 Requirements Page 1 1993 Requirements Page 2 1993 Back Cover ©1993

4.5M893

Starting in this edition, the author was removed from the title page while credits were place in an Acknowledgments section.

ISBN changed to 0-8395-3296-2

BSA No. changed to 33296

40 pages plus covers.
19951995 Front Cover 1995 Title Page 1995 Contents Page 1995 Requirements Page 1 1995 Requirements Page 2 1995 Back Cover ©1993

4.5M595

40 pages plus covers.
20002000 Front Cover 2000 Acknowledgments Page 2000 Requirements Page 1 2000 Requirements Page 2 2000 Requirements Page 3 2000 Back Cover ©2000

BSA No. changed to 33296B

72 pages plus covers.
20022002 Front Cover 2002 Acknowledgments Page 2002 Requirements Page 1 2002 Requirements Page 2 2002 Requirements Page 3 2002 Back Cover ©2000

72 pages plus covers.
20042004 Front Cover 2004 Acknowledgments Page 2004 Requirements Page 1 2004 Requirements Page 2 2004 Requirements Page 3 2004 Back Cover ©2000

Items on the Acknowledgments page were reordered [since 2002]

72 pages plus covers.
20072007 Front Cover 2007 Acknowledgments 2007 Requirements Page 1 2007 Requirements Page 2 2007 Requirements Page 3 2007 Back Cover ©2007

BSA No. changed to 33296C

72 pages plus covers.
20082008 Front Cover 2008 Printing Information Page 2008 Requirements Page 1 2008 Requirements Page 2 2008 Requirements Page 3 2008 Back Cover ©2007

First full color version.

ISBN changed to 978-0-8395-3296-5

BSA No. changed to 35955

80 pages plus covers.
20132013 Front Cover 2013 Printing Information Page 2013 Requirements Page 1 2013 Requirements Page 2 2013 Requirements Page 3 2013 Back Cover ©2013

On the front cover, BSA Emblem moved to bottom blue border.

80 pages plus covers.
20182018 Front Cover 2018 Printing Information Page 2018 Requirements Page 1 2018 Requirements Page 2 2018 Requirements Page 3 2018 Back Cover ©2013

NOVA logo and "STEM-Based" in bottom blue border. [since 2013]

80 pages plus covers.