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June 25, 2013

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Aimee Newell

Thanks, Graeme! I couldn't have said it better myself. Unfortunately, with their frequent use both inside and out during bygone days, they are often in only fair to bad shape. But, that doesn't mean they should be thrown away! Museum staff are happy to try and help with assessing a banner - or any kind of Masonic or fraternal object. Just send us an email or give us a call. Thanks for reading the blog and commenting! Aimee Newell, Director of Collections

Graeme Marsden

Banners like these are relics of a bygone age. You can sometimes see them in lodges. Often they are Eastern Star, Commandery, Rainbow and DeMolay. They are redolent of the times when groups took part in civic parades, far more than they do now.

They are generally consummate works of commercial art, with excellent use of spacing and ornate typography, often painted or gilded onto silk. They are a pleasure to behold.

If you know of one in your lodge, please make sure that it gets taken care of, so that future ages of brethren may be edified and enthralled.

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