Badges

In many old photographs of Odd Fellows there are groups of individuals all wearing ribbons (?) on their jackets.
Meni Lodge (no. 217). I like this photo for its turn of the century quality. The man in the front row, second from the left, has a Great Gatsby quality about him. On the back he is listed as Nathaniel Bound.
They’re not ribbons but badges. The packaging for the badges attests to it.
There were numerous manufactures of this material. The C.E. Ward Company was only one of them.
There were numerous manufactures of these badges. The C.E. Ward Company was only one of them.
The Henderson-Ames Co. also manufactured badges.
The Henderson-Ames Co. (above) and WM. H. Horstmann (below) also manufactured badges.
I like their logo.

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I don’t know what it was about the Odd Fellows but the guys liked their badges. I buy these off E-bay. There are tons of them for sale. I like the colors and the symbols. The ones for conventions always seem to be dated with a year. I’m thinking they were mementos; some way of remembering a particular event. The other ones seem to be for specific lodges. They more often than not have the city and state plus the lodge number on the ribbon. I’m thinking the “lodge ones” were worn to special local events.

Many of them have these large, heavy medallions on them. There are pins on the back so they could be pinned to a shirt or jacket but these type with the medallions seem too heavy to wear.
Many of them have large, heavy medallions (attached with chains) to them. There are heavy duty pins on the backs so they could be pinned to a shirt or jacket but these type seem too heavy to wear. I’m always buying the ones from Iowa. It’s a great state.
This evidently was for an encampment. I'm guessing it was like a camp out?
This evidently was for an encampment. I’m guessing it was like a camp experience but a little bit more upscale? The ribbon is purple. The color of royalty! I want to know who was there or if the purple color was symbolic of something.

Some Rebekah Ribbons.

I'm not sure if the one on the right, the black one, is a mourning ribbon or not.
Rebekahs are the lady Odd Fellow. The beehive, the dove and the moon & seven stars are their symbols. I’m not sure if the one on the right, the black one, is a mourning ribbon or not but I suspect it is.
These are definitely mourning ribbons. Two of the tennets of the Odd Fellows are
These are definitely mourning ribbons. Two of the tenets of the Odd Fellows are “visit the sick” and “bury the dead.”
The Odd Fellows are a very patriotic group which can be seen reflected in these ribbons.
The Odd Fellows are a very patriotic group which is reflected in these ribbons.
I don't know what was going on in Walla Walla but that log cabin sold me on that ribbon.
I don’t know what was going on in Walla Walla but that log cabin sold me on that ribbon.
I bought the Montana one because the event took place the year the Titanic sunk and I liked the big strange star. I bought the Ohio one because there was an Odd Fellow building on it. (There were Odd Fellow buildings all over the country and many of them are still around.) I also bought it because of the cradle at the top.
I bought the Montana one (left) because the event took place the year the Titanic sunk and I liked the big strange star. I bought the Ohio one (right) because there was an Odd Fellows’ building on it. (There were Odd Fellows’ buildings all over the country at one time and many of them are still being used.) I also bought it because of the cradle at the top.
The one below is my favorite
I think it's just beautiful. A couple of months ago a similar one to this came up for auction on E-bay but it had an image of President McKinley. I really wanted it and I put in a good bid but somebody else got it. Darn! Oh, well. I still have this one.
I think it’s just beautiful. A couple of months ago a similar one to this came up for auction on E-bay but it had an image of President McKinley. I really wanted it and I put in a $50 bid for it but somebody else got it. Darn! Oh, well. I still have this one.
this one has an elaborate leather case.
This one has an elaborate leather case. Somebody valued and cherished this badge.
I recently bought these online.

I recently bought these online.

These are two badges I bought at the end of 2013.

These are two badges I bought at the end of 2013.

I found the Davenport badge on a recent trip to Iowa. The University badge I bought online at the end of 2013. The Davenport badge is my new favorite.

I found the Davenport badge on a recent trip to Iowa. The University badge I bought online at the end of 2013. The Davenport badge is my new favorite.

I bought this badge and the one below because of their graphics. I just thought they were cool.

I bought this badge and the one below because of their graphics. I just thought they were cool. I bought these two in July of 2015.

There is so much graphic appeal to this badge. That's why I bought it.

There is so much graphic appeal to this badge. 

I bought this badge in November of 2015. I bought it because I like the color and because it's an encampment badge. Sometimes, I'm not quite sure what an encampment is though.

I bought this badge in November of 2015. I bought it because I like the color and because it’s an encampment badge. Sometimes, I’m not quite sure what an encampment is though.

I bought this in November of 2015 also. How couldn't I buy it. It's so cool.

I bought this in November of 2015 also. How couldn’t I buy it? It’s so amazing on so many levels.

My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.

Published in: on September 28, 2013 at 11:49 pm  Leave a Comment