Humorous 1911 Shrine Ceremonial Poster 

from El Riad Temple in Souix Falls, S.D.



These posters were made to advertise Shrine Ceremonials at El Riad Temple (above) in Souix Falls, South Dakota and at Allepo Temple (below) in Boston, Mass.  They are both absolutely hilarious!  Nowhere else will a non-Mason get a better picture of the hazing that goes on at a Shrine Ceremonial when Shriners are initiated!  Written on the Fence on the right hand side is "Sym's United Shows, will exhibit at Masonic Temple, Thursday, November 16, 1911, 7:30 o'clock, rain, shine or snow."  The poster is on cardboard stock and shows the candidate in various forms of being hazed; some are being hung, some are being used as target practice, some are thrown off the roof, some are chased with a burning stake.  One candidate is naked tied to a chair with a Shriner starting a fire underneath him.  Some are being dragged through the streets, some are falling on stakes, one is being ridden like a goat.  The whole scene is quite a hoot!  The upper poster measures 10 inches tall by 27 inches wide and has some water stains on both sides.  The back of the poster has a nice history of El Riad Temple with some great limericks, threats and just plain hilarious statements regarding the class!  A real amusement piece for any Masonic collector

Humorous Shrine Ceremonial Poster 

from Allepo Temple in Boston, Mass.






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