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August Spuhler (b. ca. 1866)
USA: Michigan, Monroe
Photograph on paper mounted on board
sheet: 6-1/2"h x 4-1/4"w
Gift of Jacques Noel Jacobsen, Jr.
Sepia-tone cabinet card photograph of Mr. Joseph Jackson, African American, in Grand United Order of Odd Fellows Patriarchs Militant uniform; card-mounted studio portrait; beneath image printed "A. Spuhler, / No. 5 Washington St. / Monroe, Mich."; reverse inscribed: "Mr. Joseph Jackson."
Carrying a sword, and wearing a chapeau, sash, and gauntlets with a dress uniform, Joseph Jackson, the subject of this portrait, is in regalia designed to be worn in a parade or procession. He may have been a member of the Patriarchs Militant group of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows. In 1889, around the time this portrait was taken, 300 members of the group met for a reunion in Detroit. Events at the meeting included a dress parade and a drill competition.