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Unidentified Man in Masonic Costume with Past Master's Jewel
ca. 1870
Notman and Campbell
USA: Massachusetts, Boston
Cabinet Card
overall: 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 1/8 in.; 16.51 x 10.795 x .3175 cm
Gift of the Supreme Council, 33º, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, USA
85.80.12c

Cabinet card photograph; unidentified man wearing Masonic robes and Past Master's jewel; reads on front "Notman and Campbell / Boston"; printed on back "W. Notman / Photographer to Her Majesty / Montreal 1876 / Gold Medal Centennial / Notman and Campbell / 4 Park Street, Boston / Cambridge, Mass., New Haven, Conn., Easton, Pennsylvania / Entered at Stationers Hall / Marion, Imp. Paris."


This man chose to be photographed while wearing a Masonic costume. In addition to his elaborate robes and crown, he wears a Past Master's jewel around his neck, signifying that he once served as the leader of a local lodge. He may have worn this costume as part of a Royal Arch or Scottish Rite degree ritual.



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