I just added this set of salt and pepper shakers to my shop. Lefton China made the Order of the Eastern Star pattern from 1948 to 1953.
The Order of the Eastern Star broke off from the Freemasons in 185o when Rob Morris, an official with the Freemasons, established his own fraternal organization. The main goal of the organization is charitable work and help all kinds of charitable organizations. The official website of their website found here http://www.easternstar.org/about_oes.html describes them as “…a social order comprised of persons with spiritual values, but it is not a religion. Its appeal rests in the true beauty of the refreshing and character-building lessons that are so sincerely portrayed in its ritualistic work. A deep fraternal bond exists between its members. It is the wholesome relationship of sisterly and brotherly love brought about through high principles exemplified in our lives which makes us near and dear to each other.”
The oldest known Masonic text dates to 1390. So, freemasons have been around for quite a while. In America, Ben Franklin began the first Masonic Lodge and many of the founding fathers were freemasons.
Masonic organizations are also famous for their secrecy. These secrets have gathered a lot of speculation over the years and now there are many conspiracy theories surrounding the Masons, think National Treasure.
Some of the more popular conspiracy theories are:
The Freemasons planned the JFK assassination.
The Freemasons are controlled by the Illuminati.
The Freemasons have infiltrated and therefore control the American government and judicial system for their Masonic agendas.
And my personal favorite:
Freemasons are actually reptilian humanoids known as lizard people who control the shadow government.
Here we see the true face of America’s founding fathers.
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