The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift

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There was a brilliant book review and photo gallery published by The Guardian this week discussing the Kindred of the Kibbo Kift, a short-lived British youth movement, which was founded by an early member of the Boy Scouts. I wasn’t familiar with the Kindred, but I’m fascinated now.

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“Formed by John Hargrave in 1920, the Kindred of the Kibbo Kift were an extraordinary mixture of the archaic and the hypermodern. A back-to-the-land movement that used the techniques of contemporary advertising, it offered a holistic, dazzling vision. As Hargrave wrote in 1924: ‘The method of the Kibbo Kift is based upon a direct appeal to the senses by means of colour, shape, sound and movement, that is, by every form of symbolism.'”

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