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An "Independent Order of Odd Fellows" Membership Document from 1889 w/ Eight Handwritten Entries

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This historical document reads in full: "To All Whom it May Concern: That past Chief Patriarch Charles E. Stanley who has attained the Royal Purple degree, and whose name is written on the margin of the Card in his own proper hand writing is a member in good standing of New York Encampment No. 1 held in Albany and working under a Charter duly granted by authority of the Right Worthy Grand Encampment of New York That the Constitution and By-Laws of our Encampment allow for weekly benefits the sum of 3.-- dollars per week and for funeral benefits the sum of Fifty dollars; and that Brother Charles E. Stanley is entitled to the said benefits from the date of this Card, and until the expiration of the same. We therefore recommend him to you FRIENDSHIP and PROTECTION, and admission into all regular Encampments of ODD FELLOWS for the space of Six months from this date and no longer."

It is signed by C.E. Stanley himself along the right side.

The elaborately printed border is filled with arcane & esoteric symbols, including the all-seeing eye, a coffin, a lamb, a crossed crescent & crucifix, an anchor, a beehive (!?), an hourglass, a globe, and much more, and is embossed in the lower left corner.

On the reverse are seven hand-written 1889 dated entries from Illinois and Ohio, signed by "D. A. Baker" and "J. M. Bradley".

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF), also known as the Three Link Fraternity, is an altruistic and benevolent fraternal organization similar to the Masons (Freemasonry). The order traces its history back to the early 1700s, possibly the 1600s. From 1860 to 1910/1920, also known as the "Golden Age of Fraternalism" in America, the Odd Fellows were the largest among all fraternal organizations.

Dimensions: 8.5" x 11". In protective archival sleeve.

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An "Independent Order of Odd Fellows" Membership Document from 1889 w/ Eight Handwritten Entries


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
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