Commemorative Plaques & Flagholders
O. of I. A.
Order of I. A.
A Mystery Flagholder
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|This flagholder includes symbolism similar to the Jr. Order of United
American Mechanics and its sibling organizations. The compass and square
were borrowed by the JOUAM from the Masons but the organizations
are not Masonically linked. See the JOUAM
and sibling pages for details of the ideology. The shield shape here is
like the others and the presence of the Bible within fits with the symbols
used by that group of aniti-immigration, isolationist organizations. This
may even be a splinter group of one of these as schisms are common in all
the fraternal organizations and secret societies. This was found in western
New Jersey or eastern Pennsylvania where flagholders of the related
orgainzations, most of which are extinct, are common. I would even guess
that the A. stands for American and the I. might be Independent or something
Any help you can give me here will be appreciated. I can not find a reference in any of the resurces I have been using.
Subj: Mystery Flag Holder O of I A
Date: 11/16/2002 6:12:02 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (dianadefrank)
My Grandfather was a member of the organization using this symbol pictured
on your website as a flagholder from a cemetery. He was a member of the
Heilman Council No. 277 in Philadelphia, PA. I have a letter written to
my Father in response to his request for some sort of death benefit. Unfortunately,
like you , I have no idea what this organization was nor what the initials
signify. Have you found out anything else about this particular organization?.
Order of Independent Americans (This submitter did not give any source on this so I don't know if this is confirmed or a guess. It is the same amy my own guess above.)
...It seems that no matter what I'm researching, I find myself on one of your pages. Keep up the Great work on this Great site.
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