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August 27, 2009


Aimee E Newell

Thanks for the comment! We are fortunate to have several photos from the 1895 Conclave - and from many other events - that show the men in their regalia. As you suggest, these events and processions allowed Masons to identify themselves as members and to attract the interest of the crowd - undoubtedly leading to new members.

Chris Hodapp

I have frequently posted this photo anytime some indignant Mason has criticized publicity generated by a grand lodge. Think Masons never "advertised" until the advent of the 20th century billboard or the Internet? Think again. And what do you suppose all of those processions through town in their regalia was all about in the 18th century?

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