Thursday, February 24, 2011

"God Bless Mooseheart"

These are two wonderful examples of early to mid-20th century Americana.

Our shop is located in Maplewood’s old Moose Hall, so we have quite a fondness for these wonderful pieces. The smaller piece is lit from within its metal shadow box and measures approx. 17” wide x 15” tall ($72.00) The larger piece is framed and measures approx. 36” wide x 30” tall ($62.00)

“MOOSEHEART CHILD CITY & SCHOOL is a community and school for children and teens in need located about 38 miles west of Chicago. The history of Mooseheart Child City & School is inextricably intertwined with that of the Loyal Order of Moose and the Women of the Moose, two organizations whose stupendous growth during the first quarter of the 20th century was inspired by the idea of creating this beautiful home and community for children in need. 

You will notice the clock set to 9 pm in each of the pieces. The fraternity’s Nine O’clock Ceremony was first depicted in oil for distribution to Lodges in the early 1930s, with a Mooseheart child saying a bedtime prayer.