Friday, April 8, 2011

11 o'clock

An antique hardwood Elks plaque that's reminiscent of Black Forest art. The explanation of 11 o'clock can be found here. Elks Lodge No. 30 is in Metairie, the New Orleans suburb, but the names on the back are not French in origin but German: Offenberg and, in the lower left corner, Hoefler. Lodge No. 30 was founded in 1885, 17 years after the fraternal organization was created. The Elks is headquartered in Chicago. In a close vote, 8 to 7, the founding members chose the elk rather than the buffalo to be the group's symbol.

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