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USA: Massachusetts, Boston
Photograph on paper
overall: 11 3/4 in x 14 3/4 in
Gift of Harriet Dinsmoor Parish
Framed black and white photograph of the officers of St. John's Lodge. The men are standing in the lodge room at the Boston Masonic building. Visible in the background are three Masonic chairs, two flags, the carved grapes from the Bunch of Grapes tavern and a decorative element on the wall with G and stylized glory rays. The men stand in two rows and wear black tuxedos with white shirts and black bow ties. The Masonic aprons worn by the men in the front row are clearly visible and show the signs of their respective offices. The Master, in the center of the front row, holds a gavel. Three of the other men in the front row hold batons. All of the men wear Masonic collars with jewels signifying their offices. At left in the front row is the Chaplain, who wears a black robe over his clothes and apron. Four staffs are visible among the men standing in the back row. Some of the men in each row wear a badge or jewel pinned to their coat. Framed in a black wooden frame with a thin gold-colored liner. There is a round blue sticker on the back with a cream border and cream lettering inside, "From / S. Alpert / Fine / Picture Framing / 16 Kingston Street / Boston, / Mass." Handwritten in blue ink along the top is "Officers of St. John's Lodge ca. 1940's / Clyde M. Dinsmoor in back row on left end (in front of flag)."