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Salumu Aleikum: 1923

Salumu Aleikum: 1923

"Almas Welcomes A.A.O.N.M.S." The Washington, D.C., Masonic temple's hello to potentates of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine during the Shriners convention of May 1923. 4x5 glass negative. View full size.


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Sleepy part of town

This is taken in Columbus Circle, looking roughly southwest. The buildings in the foreground are the WWI-era dormitories for women workers, glimpsed previously on Shorpy from the opposite direction. At right rear you can see the Hotel Continental on North Capitol St.


All of them have held a trowel. But few probably have spread actual mortar with it.

Quite a mouthful

Aha! So THAT'S The Shriners' full name. Thank you, Shorpy.

I have to wonder

How many of the attendees ever mixed mortar, held a trowel or laid a brick.

Peace be upon you

Although the Shriners were not connected to Islam or Arab culture in their activities it's nice to see that they used the Islamic greeting of "Salumu Aleikum" or "Peace be upon you."

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