Saturday, February 26, 2011


I have been collecting these intriguing pins for years...
many represent the IOOF -
Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
A bit about the IOOF:
In 17th century England, it was odd to find people organized for the purpose of giving aid to those in need and of pursuing projects for the benefit of all mankind. Those who belonged to such an organization were called "Odd Fellows." Odd Fellows are also known as "The Three Link Fraternity" which stands for Friendship, Love and Truth. 
In Wisconsin, the IOOF dates to 1835.

Besides the fabulous pins (many with hands), we found this marker from the IOOF.
It is dated "57" --- from 1857.
We loved it because that was the year our house was built.

Have you started a collection just because an item intrigued you?


Barb said...

Ya....fiber animals! :O)

Kari from Meadowview Farm said...

Barb -- of course!

Stephanie said...

I have collected old skeleton keys for as long as I can remember. The mystery of what they could open is what gets me.....

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