I’m telling this because of a current event that brought back many memories of my life in the pink house on Charles Street. Yesterday I was doing some research on velomobiles on a Russian internet sites. (Chrome translates to English) This Russian site covered much history of velomobiles from the late 1800’s to some rather current commercial built models. I spent several hours following links from this site, looking at pictures that the Russian author had gathered from magazines and off the internet. As my hobby is now turning from just recumbent bikes to velomobiles I found this quite interesting. One of these links led me to an old issue of Boys’ Life Magazine. In the 1940’s, Boys’ Life had done an article on a velomobile but that is not what led me to spend several more hours on the internet that day. I have since spent wee hours of the morning perusing old copies of Boys’ Life thanks to Google Books.
When we lived in the pink house on Charles Street I was a Boy Scout. I recall a picture that mother had, either in a shoe box or an album, of me standing on the front porch of the Charles Street house wearing my scout uniform and giving the scout salute. As I remember we were headed that evening to the area awards banquet at the city auditorium.
I loved the days when I received in the mail my monthly issue of Boy’s Life the scouting magazine. After looking at the front cover, which was in color, I would turn to the back of the book and read the Think and Grin joke page. There was always a serial article that demanded my next attention. Then off and on for the next several days reading every article in the magazine. Then the ads. Oh how I loved to read the ads and dream.
There were articles of how to, citizenship, adventure, camping, fishing, hunting and education. In the days that I received Boys’ Life there was a page of Bible study.
I looked up a recent issue of Boys’ Life and was happy to find it much the same as when I was a kid. Absent are the ads of guns, hatchets and how to make money selling grit. It is still a varied source of information for young men.
I still remember:
On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
If you have a few minutes, look up some of the issues of Boy’s Life from your childhood years. See what’s changed and what as stayed the same.
Childhood memories from the pink house on Charles Street, Boys’ Life magazine and The Lone Ranger on Thursday night radio at 6:30 pm and the Blackwood Brothers Quartet at noon on Saturday.