In this concluding section of the three part series we go from the Initiation to Installation of the Worshipful Master and matters in-between.
Receiving a wash whilst receiving the attention of the goat.
The Entered Apprentice
The Entered Apprentice smoothing the rough ashlar with the goat quizzically looking on.
Passing the wine from one Brother to another with the goat nodding in anticipation?
Having ‘Passed’ the wine it is now ‘Raised’ to be consumed.
The Worshipful Master, gavel in hand addressing the Brethren.
Remarks from the Chair
The Worshipful Master makes an immediate impression but perhaps not in the manner intended.
The Worshipful Master
Well dined – showing the effect of the Master’s circuit?
The Last Degree?
Caption reads; ‘The Mason went home from the Meeting at three and his wife is now working the Last Degree’
Perhaps these were the duties being explained by the wife?
And so to the Signs, Grips, Password, Workings, the Test and the Charge!
One can but smile.
Caption reads; This is a ‘Grip’ he will always mind. He’s gripped before and he’s gripped behind’.
Caption reads; ‘I know your face Brother but you’ve forgotten the Grip’.
Hand writing reads; ‘Will ye no come back again’? referring to a non attending / lapsed Brother? Dated 21st July 1905
Combination of Grip and Sign
The Sign appears to be the glass of alcohol.
Literally receiving the ‘Charge’ – goat attentive (and smiling?), Judge with the emblem of power, the gavel.
(Another version of) The Charge
The goat in hot pursuit ‘Charging’ the Brother!
Who is Testing who?
The theme of alcohol often appears.
Operative or Speculative?
The Worshipful Master leading his Lodge with the Closing Ode.
…and finally, from Labour to Refreshment
Message reads; ‘How will this one please? That an awful loss of life at sea. Hoping you are all well at Dalmally. Best regards Jim
Sent 20th April 1912 and referring to the Titanic? which was lost on 15th April 1912.
To Absent Brethren.
It appears the ‘Are You A Mason’ postcards remained in print until the 1920’s with an estimated 150 known to exist today in their different forms.
I am seeking the following cards if any Brother can help complete my collection.
National Series 1600
- 1639 – Masons at work
- 1640 – The awful secret
- 1641 – title not known
- 1642 – The Banquet
- 1643 – The Password
National Series 2446
- 2446A – The Charge
- 2446E – The Test
- 2446F – The Passing
National Series 2600
- 2646 – Listening In
With regards to the 2600 Series there appears to be gaps in the numbering so it would be helpful if anyone can provide information on the full list. The apparent gaps are 2647 to 2660 inclusive and 2662 to 2675 inclusive. The numbers are on the backs of the postcards but any collector will know this.
Thanks for your help.
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