Shriners Gather in L.A.

1907_shrine_convention 1907 Shrine Convention

May 5, 1907, Ostrich Shriner The 1907 Shriners convention in Los Angeles created a boom market in all sorts of memorabilia: plates, cups and other glassware, plus pins, postcards and lots of trinkets, which were sold and traded, all of which show up regularly on EBay.

(At right, one of my favorite images from the Shriners convention: A resident of the Cawston Ostrich Farm in South Pasadena in Al Malaikah regalia.)

I have never seen one of these, however. It’s a match safe distributed by the  Saladin Temple of Grand Rapids, Mich. It’s listed at Buy It Now for $75. As with anything on EBay, an item and vendor should be evaluated thoroughly before submitting a bid.

The Shriners convention ended in tragedy with a train derailment that killed at least 30 people.

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