Masonic Postcards Presented at Kent Mark Stewards Lodge by W Bro Barry Devereese

Picture postcards have been in existence since the late 19th century and are now in everyday use.

However in 1907 an interesting development occurred when a set of Masonic postcards entitled ‘Are You A Mason?’ was printed. The set of six cards was copyrighted by Irvin M. Kline and were published by the Anglo-American Card Company and the Macoy Publishing Company of New York City:

The Grand Lodge in Session   The Masons at Work/The Masonical Harmony
1) The Grand Lodge in Session   2) The Masons at Work/The Masonical Harmony
Receiving the Password   The Initiation
3) Receiving the Password   4) The Initiation
Riding the Goat   The Mason's Wife Giving Away the Secret
5) Riding the Goat   6) The Mason's Wife Giving Away the Secret

The influence for the titles on these cards may well have been a farcical comedy by the same name, ‘Are You A Mason?’ which appeared on Broadway in New York City in 1901. The three act play by Leo Dietrichstein was playing in England until 1911.

The cards were soon plagiarised by other publishers and there are c150 of these cards known to exist today in their different forms. They lampoon Freemasonry by giving totally false meanings to such terms as ‘Passing’, ‘Raising’, ‘Charge’, ‘Grip or Token’ and ‘Mark’. With regards to ‘receiving the Mark’ the following are examples:

Are You A Mason?   Are You A Mason?
Are You A Mason?   Are You A Mason?
Are You A Mason?
Are You A Mason?   Are You A Mason?
Are You A Mason?   Are You A Mason?
Are You A Mason?   Are You A Mason?

Are You A Mason?


A number of these cards have been through the postal system and by the senders writings bring to life a period of history of some 100 years ago.

  Are You A Mason?


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