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USA: Massachusetts, Taunton
Photograph on paper mounted on board
sheet: 6-1/2" x 4-1/4"w
Gift of Jacques Noel Jacobsen, Jr.
Sepia-tone cabinet card photograph of seated man in Independent Order of Odd Fellows Patriarchs Militant uniform with boy; boy stands beside man, man wears uniform with sword, cap bearing a symbol of a crown within a delta, ribbon inscribed "Good Samaritan Lodge / No. 19 / Taunton, Mass."; obverse reads "Hunter Bros, / TAUNTON/ MASS."; reverse reads: "Instantaneous portraits of children a successful specialty / Hunter Bros. / Art Studio / Taunton, Mass. / Duplicates can be had at any time."
In 1885, in response to an upswelling of interest from members, the leadership of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows established a uniformed group called the Patriarchs Militant. Members of this group met to practice drills and to prepare to march in parades wearing military-inspired uniforms and carrying ceremonial swords. Many members had their photographs taken dressed in their handsome parade regalia. This portrait also includes family members.