[Four Original Photographs of a 1938 Shchlaraffia Gathering].
Four photographs from an American gathering of Schlaraffia, a worldwide German-speaking fraternal group. The Schlaraffen, as members were called, were noted for their light-hearted fellowship and use of antiquated language and pseudo-Medieval costume and regalia. The images may show an initiation of a new member or perhaps a dignitary’s visit to the meeting. A man in formal evening dress is welcomed by a member and then addressed by another reading from a ritual text. The man is then offered a drink from a ceremonial jug and, finally, saluted by the raising of swords and halberds. Members wear a variety of plumed or decorated hats; some are shown wearing chains of office and one carries a staff or mace topped with the Schlaraffia mascot, the eagle owl.
Description: [Four Original Photographs of a 1938 Shchlaraffia Gathering].
[America. 1938]. Four Mounted Photographs. Images: 7½ x 9½ inches; mounts 11 x 14 inches. Signed and dated on mount at lower right. Very Good.