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An Aged Masonic Veteran, David Stiles
ca. 1872
W. H. Jacoby
USA: Minnesota, Minneapolis
Photograph on card, albumen print
overall: 4-1/8"h x 2-1/2"w
Museum purchase

Carte-de-visite of an elderly man with side whiskers wearing Masonic collar with star and apron. Printed on card below image: "Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1872, by Carson & Barnard, in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington"; printed on reverse "An aged Masonic Veteran" with biography of David Stiles (the subject of the photograph, a 107 year old Mason), and advertisement to raise money for an aged Masons fund.

Sold as a fundraiser, this photograph celebrated the 107-year-old David Stiles’ (b. 1766) seventy-five years as a Mason. A description of Stiles on the back noted that as a young man, Stiles had “voted twice for Washington for President.”

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