Large parade of Odd Fellows in uniform marching down Main St. Middleboro Massachusetts. In the center of the photo are two young boys in uniform, leading the fraternal lodge’s goat mascot. Around its neck is a bib with ‘…FR 219’.
Pencil note on back ‘USA MIddleboro, Massachussetts Odd Fellows Parade’
Based on CYKO photographic paper used, dates from 1904-1920.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the card for sale)
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) is a non-political and non-sectarian international fraternal order of Odd Fellowship. It was founded in 1819 by Thomas Wildey in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Evolving from the Order of Odd Fellows founded in England during the 1700s, the IOOF was originally chartered by the Independent Order of Oddfellows Manchester Unity in England but has operated as an independent organization since 1842, although it maintains an inter-fraternal relationship with the English Order. The order is also known as the Triple Link Fraternity, referring to the order's "Triple Links" symbol, alluding to its motto "Friendship, Love and Truth".