The Handbook for Boys [c.1927– ?]


Rediscovered this old, and long forgotten, book sale find.

It’s amazing to see the things it contains. Stuff that’s pretty much no longer taught to Boy Scouts today. “Indian Signcraft”, recognizing edible plants, tracking, making shelters by actually cutting down saplings [oooh, SHAME SHAME SHAME] and using brush and leaves. You know, those things that might actually be useful if you’ve lost that whole pack full of LLBean and North Face gear and didn’t want to be cold and wet.

As you can see, this copy got some real hard use. 600 pages, printed on paper as thin as a bible.

Check out the beautiful drawings from the section on tree identification…



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