Uniform Rank of the Knights of Pythias - Set of Four
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The Knights of Pythias, a fraternal organization, was founded in Washington DC in 1864 and is still in existence today. In 1876, an auxiliary was formed known as the Uniform Rank of the Knights of Pythias (URKP). The URKP was organized along US Army lines into Companies, Brigades, Regiments, etc.
Many original URKP members had been active in the Civil War. At its height the URKP had over 100,000 members, as this was during the “Golden Age of Fraternalism” where an estimated 40% of the US male population belonged to a fraternal order. Membership declined sharply after WWI with the passing of many original members. The Uniform Rank of the Knights of Pythias was removed as an auxiliary in the 1950s.
These original portraits of URKP members were found in Delaware, Ohio from the First Regiment, Ohio Brigade. The first uniforms worn varied in terms of clothes, plumes, helmets, and insignias. Eventually there was more resolution acted on that called for a more permanent, standard uniform.
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Good condition, some distressing to the canvases and one hole punctured in one of the canvases as pictured.
34"W x 78"H (136" all together)