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Ralph Schoenherr in Masonic Shrine Fez
1959
Proctor
USA: New York (probably)
Photograph on paper, cardboard
overall: 11 in x 7 1/2 in
Gift of Florence E. Connor
2007.012.20

Black and white studio photograph of Ralph Schoenherr wearing his Masonic Shrine fez. The fez reads, "Cyprus / Potentate." He also wears a black coat, white shirt and black bowtie. Around his neck is a Shrine jewel with tiger's claw. He has a Shrine pin in one lapel and a white handkerchief peeking out of his jacket breast pocket. The photo is mounted in a blue cardboard holder. Stamped in black at the lower right corner of the holder, by the photo, is "Proctor."


This photo depicts the donor's uncle, Ralph Harmon Schoenherr (1912-2002). Schoenherr was born in Schenectady, NY and became a fireman and an investment representative with Wright and Barnes in Schenectady. He was a Mason for over fifty years, as well as Royal Arch, Knights Templar, a Shriner and a member of the Royal Order of Jesters. He served as Potentate of Albany's Cyprus Shrine in 1959 and ran the Shrine circus for several years. Schoenherr was a member of the Albany Court Royal Order of Jesters and an affiliate of the Sarasota Court Royal Jesters. He died in Florida in 2002.