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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

The 1930 DeMoulin Bros. & Co. Fraternal Supply Catalog No. 439

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Page 83 - Hulu Hula Bull Dance [Click image to read and see more!]

"Burlesque and Side Degree Specialties, Paraphernalia and Costumes."

Phoenixmasonry enlights us about this:
"... We believe that this was the last "fraternalism supply" catalog the DeMoulin Bros. produced, as this company suffered the same fate that many businesses did with the onset of the Great Depression. Today, they are one of the largest suppliers of marching band uniforms in the country. In the broken economy of the 1930's, the fraternalism items this company produced and sold were not considered a high priority on the "need or necessity" list of many Lodges. Yet, the side degree specialties that they sold were the very items that increased Lodge membership, their donations to charities and interest in "Lodge Life" itself. These side degrees added to the "degree of laughter" early Lodge Brethren engaged in when initiating new members! We have reproduced the DeMoulin Catalog here in its entirety. Pay particular attention to the various testimonials at the bottom on some of the below catalog pages. These testimonials were sent in by the Lodges who purchased this paraphernalia and they described how it worked for them. In the end you'll see that the wholesome fun... "light hazing," endured by the candidates made them feel more apart of the Lodge and fostered Brotherly Love and Affection." (via Cynical-C)
http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/masonicmuseum/demoulin/index.htm