August 1948 and October 1948 OA Handbooks

Collecting Order of the Arrow Handbooks has always been one of my collecting interests.   I maintain a checklist of known OA Handbook editions here.  Two of the earliest OA handbooks recently ended on eBay.  The term Handbook printed on the cover or not are the easiest way to tell the difference on the two editions.

August 1948 OA Handbook

Clicking on the image will bring you to the auction results

Note that Hand Book is not printed on the cover.  In addition to being the earlier version, this particular offering was autographed.

October 1948 OA Handbook

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The October 1948 version has Hand Book printed on the cover.  It also has 5000–10-48 printed on the bottom of the last page.



1948 OA Handbook Hardbound Edition – The Finale

About 10 days ago I wrote about an eBay auction for what is probably the most difficult OA Handbook, a hardbound version from 1948.  When I wrote about the auction, it stood at $ 170 with over two days remaining.

What do you think it ended at?

You can see the results after the jump.


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  3. And I thought YOU were crazy!
  4. Knowledge is Power – Sea Scout Eagle Badge
  5. Knowledge is Power – Wakpominee Lodge #48 A1 Wabiningo
  6. White Sea Scout Eagle Badge
  7. Knowledge is Power – The Silver Fawn
  8. Another Eagle Scout Badge
  9. Knowledge is Power – Lettered Areas
  10. Knowledge is Power – P2K Arrowheads
  11. Knowledge is Power – Uncommon Flaps from Common Lodges
  12. Knowledge is Power – A Philmont P2K Arrowhead on eBay now
  13. Knowledge is Power – Region 7 Canoe Base
  14. Knowledge is Power – Region 13
  15. Knowledge is Power – Silver Fawn Revisited
  16. Knowledge is Power – Adirondack Lodge #357 R1
  17. Knowledge is Power – Tahgajute 247 X1
  18. Knowledge is Power – Area I 1945 Conclave
  19. Knowledge is Power or Oh My God!!
  20. Knowledge is Power – 1937 Jambo Shoulder Tab
  21. Early Region 2 Patch on eBay
  24. Boy Scout Order of the Arrow Patch – Vintage – Rare
  25. Knowldge Is Power – Sislija X2
  26. Most Expensive OA Lodge Event Patch?
  27. Delaware County Council OA Neck’chief worn 1958 Enclave
  28. Achpateuny Lodge #498 Dance Team Issue
  29. Knowledge is Power – Wabaningo Lodge Handbook
  30. Knowledge is Power Air Ace Medal Type 2
  31. Sea Scout Eagle Revisited
  32. Y2K Philmont Arrowheads
  33. Collecting OA Handbooks
  34. 2009 NOAC American Folklore Set
  35. Before there was 4, there was 6 and before that 12
  36. Knights of Dunamis
  37. P2K – Philmont Arrowhead
  38. Early Troop Committee Armband
  39. Air Scouts and Air Explorers
  40. WTF – $ 2000 Hat Pin
  41. 1937 World Jamboree USA Contingent Flash
  42. Sea Scout Eagle Badge on White Twill
  43. 1935 Boy Scout National Jamboree Shoulder Tab and Patch
  44. Scouts De America
  45. World Brotherhood Camporee
  46. RWS: Chautauqua County, RARE-original style, gauze back
  47. Philmont Ranch Hand P2K Arrowhead
  48. Felt Vigil Sash on eBay
  49. Felt Flocked Vigil Sash
  50. 1948 OA Handbook Hardbound Edition – The Finale
  51. OA Belt Buckle
  52. Philmont Dollar Patch
  53. Knowledge is Power – The Silver Fawn Redone
  54. NY Pre-OA Honor Society – Order Of The White Swastika
  55. National Order of the Arrow Indian Seminar
  56. Ah Wa Ge OA Lodge 477 Neckerchief Slide
  57. A Look Back – The Silver Fawn
  58. Tahgajute Lodge #247 J3 Ceremonial Team Patch

First OA Handbook on eBay

Ebay LogoThis appears to be an auction for the first OA Handbook issued in August 1948 over 60 years ago.

First OA HAndbook August 1948

First OA HAndbook August 1948

Clicking on the image will bring you to the auction which still has a few days to go as I post this.  How high will it go?

If your interested in collecting OA Handbooks, you can find my OA Handbook checklist here.

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Order of the Arrow Handbook Checklist Update

ChecklistThanks to Terry Grove, Jack Meyers and Charlie Tanner for information and scans which allowed me to update my OA Handbook Checklist for the 2009 NOAC Issue.

The 2009 Version of the OAHB, has a new cover with a map and high adventure theme.

2009 OA Handbook

2009 OA Handbook

There was also a tri-fold supplement to the handbook given out to NOAC attendees.



2008 Order of the Arrow Handbook

I just updated my Order of the Arrow Handbook checklist to include the 2008 issue pictured below.

2008 Order of the Arrow Handbook

2008 Order of the Arrow Handbook

The OAHB is copyright 2008 with no Month listed.  Jacob P. Wellman is the National Chief.

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