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# Monday, September 28, 2009
Texas Mystery Photo Puzzle: No News
Posted by Maureen

No news ....is not good news in this case. A week ago I posted the Two Texas Mysteries column with the hope that someone out there would be able to shed some light on these two pictures. Nope! Not a word.

I received an email from David Lintz of the Improved Order of Red Men (I'd consulted him because I wondered if the interesting designs on the men's shirts had to do with a fraternal organization), but he didn't have a solution either.

So for now, this mystery remains just that: a mystery.  I'm temporarily out of angles. I'm back to considering either religious or Masonic symbolism, because Dr. Francis Marion Montgomery, who may be in one of the images, was linked to both types of organizations.

Here are a couple of interesting links I found this week. 
  • Freemason Symbols This site didn't prove helpful to this particular case, but if you have a picture of a man in fraternal attire, look for the symbols here and solve your own mystery.

  • 8-Pointed Star This explanation of the star symbol comes from the Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sterling, Illinois.  An interesting perspective.
Now if I could only figure out the symbols on the second man's shirt. Any guesses?


1860s photos
Monday, September 28, 2009 9:39:41 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #  Comments [1]
Thursday, October 01, 2009 10:00:47 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Just looking at the photos from a distance they look Eastern Europe to me. The style of the shirts, the beards, the design. I am no expert, just a hunch.
Sandra Johnson
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