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November 14, 2008

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Aimee Newell

Hi Joan: Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I continue to be surprised at how many copies of this print still surface. Unfortunately, museum ethics prevent me from commenting on the value. For more about why this is, see our blog post: http://nationalheritagemuseum.typepad.com/library_and_archives/2009/07/the-question-we-cannot-answer.html. You might check with an auctioneer or antiques dealer in your area to see if they can give you an appraisal. Thanks again, Aimee Newell, Director of Collections

Joan Malloy

My copy right is not in color but it is excally like the picture Is their any value to it.

Joan Malloy

I have A copy right at my home in A frame had it since 1973 wandering if their is any value to it.

Aimee Newell

Hello Alex: Thanks for reading our blog and commenting. I am posting your comment here, in case other readers also know of copies of these prints. Our collection includes one, but not the other. I will respond to your email, as well. Thanks again for your interest in our blog. Aimee Newell, Director of Collections

Alex Kudla

I have found two other posters of interest that I was wondering if you had any information about. As mentioned, I also found these behind another poster. I am having trouble finding any background information on these specific posters. I have not been able to find these on the internet. I am including a link and would love any information you may have about them.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZBziLn5kFI9zZYK68wJ4_t1PBDJCr290Y0ngnHbBYYw/edit?usp=sharing

Aimee E Newell

Hi - Thanks so much for reading our blog and posting a comment. You make a number of excellent points. We do actively collect Masonic and fraternal items here at the museum - and I wish people would think of us before auctioning or throwing away their items. That said, we don't have finite space and are generally looking for examples of things that we don't have - but it's always worth checking with us! Fraternal groups have a long history in this country and have made (and continue to make) important contributions to our communities. Thanks again for posting a comment. Aimee Newell

Jack Crispin Cain

I am an Odd Fellow, I have seen the print before. While the print and the symbols it contains has meaning for many Odd Fellows, this in it's self does not make it valuable. It maybe that some one will take an interest and buy it at an antique store or at auction, but no one will get rich selling them.
Lots of them were printed, many thousands if not tens of thousands were made. They are so common we noticed them and are discussing them here on the web.
In another century or more these prints may become more rare and more valuable, but this is subject to the whim of a very sensitive market. One decade lodge related materials maybe in demand at auction, maybe not, more often lodge related stuff looks like it should be worth something and all too often those who found the treasures at a garazge sale or in the attic end up some cool stuff that no one wants to buy.
These lodges that have closed and someone ends up selling the stuff that goes with the lodge, I really wish that people figured out what a worthwile tool the lodges are to any community. When done right a lodge can be there side by side with schools and churches to care for the community. To respond to those in distress is one of the goals of many who make up the lodges today.

Aimee E Newell

Hello - Thanks for your comment - it never fails to amaze me how many calls and inquiries we get about this particular print. I did not realize that it had ever been published in color, but that is not surprising. I imagine that the three different versions were printed to maximize sales, so that people who wanted color could get it. I have not ever seen a color version, so I'm afraid that I don't know what other differences there might be. Perhaps someone else will see this and chime in. Aimee Newell, Director of Collectons.

Jimmy

I have had this print for about 15 yrs; it was hidden behind another print which I had bought for a dollar at a flea market
Just had it properly framed and was searching to find more information on it
My print is B I’ve also seen sepia and color versions of the same print

Just wondering if anyone had more information on the differences between the 3?

Aimee E Newell

Thanks for your interest in our blog. This is a very popular print - I hear from a number of people each year who have found a copy. Unfortunately, museum ethics prevent Museum staff from commenting on the value of antiques. For more about why this is, please see our previous blog post, http://nationalheritagemuseum.typepad.com/library_and_archives/2009/07/the-question-we-cannot-answer.html. You might check with an auctioneer or antiques dealer in your area to see if they can give you an appraisal. Thanks again, Aimee Newell.

m Paton

I have this same print that came out of an old odd fellows hall i purchased, wondering if you may know if it is valuable

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