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IOOF Lodge Hall Carving

20th century Unidentified carved and painted wood Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. 1998.84.42 Not currently on view

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This carving was made to hang in an Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) lodge. The Odd Fellows date back to twelfth-century England, when people of the same trade formed unions for political or economic influence. In small towns, there were not enough people of any one trade, so groups of people from “an odd assortment of trades” joined together (The Odd Fellows Web site U.K.). The earliest recorded evidence suggests that the first Odd Fellows meeting was held in 1748 in a London tavern. Today, there are many Odd Fellows lodges around the world, from Iceland to Venezuela to New Zealand.



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