Long time collector Ken Kittelberger just sent us current pictures of his Baden-Powell memorabilia collection. It is one of the most extensive collections in the world. With this being the 99th anniversary, I thought you’d enjoy seeing these as well.
If we think sports heros of today generate a lot of memorabilia or Elvis or the Beatles or Disney ….they had nothing on what went on in Victorian England at the turn of the last century. There was less mass media so there was less passing promotion about persons of importance. Instead, promoters produced a nearly endless supply of different wares.
Ken has produced several manuscripts over the years of documenting items produced. He’s regularly made trips to England and elsewhere in the hunt for new items for his collection. I remember Bernie Miller having a nice smirk when he out-hustled Ken on a find but also grimacing about the ones that got away.
Here are the pictures. Enjoy!