Some comments by Randall Holden about dating slides:
Look at the back. The 'brassy' or shiny metal was used last and that was available in 1971 and also was available in Yards Creek for a few years (more were found when the council office was closed). Slides from earlier were more of a nickel composition that appears grayish. These likely started in the late 1950s. Anything earlier would likely be leather and not metal.
Some comments by Ed Dworak:
The first and second slides in the top row are made of aluminum and measure 2 1/2 inches in diameter. They date from the mid to late 1950s. They were sold unpainted and every one is different because every Scout that purchased one painted the slide to his own taste. They were all the same run/issue but all were painted differently.
The third slide, in the top row, is made of brass. These were sold painted and were available at Pahaquarra in 1970 and 71 and at Yards Creek for several years until they ran out. It measures 1 3/8 inches across. Gregg Poppi assures us the slide dates to 1971.
The Neal slide, in the second row, is comes from The Neal Manufacturing Company. The Neal Company produced slides made of bakelite from the mid-fifties until the late sixties. The slide shown measures 2 inches in diameter. These slides were sold unpainted so every Scout that purchased one could paint them anyway they wished.
The second row, middle slide, is a 1971 slide. They are made of cheap plastic, measure 1 3/8 inches across and come already colored as you see them.
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Neckerchiefs Row 3, columns 1,2,3,4