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Any information anyone has on these would be great.

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Dates, places, what the organizations did etc...


It might be worth your while contacting the librarian at the United Grand Lodge of England They also have some useful information on line,

I don't have any photos showing people wearing masonic regalia, just cdvs showing a masonic symbol on the back, which I show in my book Whitby Photographers ,their lives & their photographs from the 1840s []. This square & compasses is on cdvs by William Wallace Herbert, who was active in Whitby from 1884 until his death in 1903. He was not on Whitby masons' lists, so may have joined earlier when he lived in Liverpool. Presumably he used the symbol in the hope of attracting business from other masons.

Do other members of the group know how common is it to see such symbols on cdvs?



Hi John:

From what I understand, the vest with the 3 interconnected rings is a sign on the International Order of Odd Fellows.  I don't know much about them, but I do have a cabinet card of a fellow in his Odd Fellows regalia in my collection by J.W. Armstrong of Stayner, ON, which I will attach here.  Hope this is helpful.



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