brownie point (1952)

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Wed Dec 31 17:48:29 UTC 2008

It's not the oldest published use of the term, which is from 1951, but it's
the oldest that I've found that unambiguously uses it in the context of the
Brownie Girl Scout organization.

"Brownie Troop Gives Party for Mothers," Modesto-Bee and News-Herald
(, 17 June 1952, p. 6.

"Mrs. Rose presented a Brownie bracelet to Linda Hickle, first prize winner
in a Brownie point contest."

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