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March 03, 2015



Hi Micah.

Thanks for the kind words. Yes, you're right that printers had "blanks" that had the design printed on them, but not the name, which they then added. We have an example on view in our reading room of a "blank" card with only the design and then the same card design with the name printed on it.

Thanks for reading!


Micah Evans

Great article on emblem cards for Masons! We have a number of cards from the founding fathers of Omaha Masonry, recovered from an 1893 cornerstone. I noticed the card of Joseph Hoppock on your article, included in the SMJ Scottish Rite Journal. Interesting note on that: I have several emblem cards from the time period that are exactly the same, so I would assume it was a standard template and members could simply have their name printed on the top right.

John Hoppock was born in Dayton, OH in 1856 and was active in Blue Lodge, served as High Priest for Lincoln Chapter #6, R.A.M. in c.1898, was Commander of Mt. Moriah Commandery #4 in 1898, and was a member of Sesostris Shrine. He joined the Valley of Lincoln Scottish Rite in February, 1894, and passed away in October, 1905. He was the Lincoln agent for the Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad.

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