ca. 1850-60’s, [ambrotype portrait of a Freemason with a slight smile, wearing his Masonic regalia]
via Ebay

ca. 1850-60’s, [ambrotype portrait of a Freemason with a slight smile, wearing his Masonic regalia]

via Ebay

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman holding a book and gavel, wearing top hat, gloves and a Freemason apron and sash]
via the Daguerreian Society, Jon Lance Bacon Collection

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman holding a book and gavel, wearing top hat, gloves and a Freemason apron and sash]

via the Daguerreian Society, Jon Lance Bacon Collection

ca. 1872, [portrait of a gentleman in Masonic regalia]
via Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American collection
ca. 1850’s, [Gentleman in Hat, Vest, and Apron of the Masonic Order]
via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographic Collections

ca. 1850’s, [Gentleman in Hat, Vest, and Apron of the Masonic Order]

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographic Collections

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