The First Degree Tracing Board is the most extravagant of the three in allegory, and is thus explained; the form of a Lodge is a parallelepipedon in length from East to West, in width between North and South, in depth from the surface of the earth to the height of the heavens. Masonic lodges are situated due East and West to illustrate the significance our ancient brethren attributed to the East, e.g.: the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, higher learning (Greek Philosophy) originated in the East and then spread to the West, etc..
There has never been a more sophisticated and dominating hat in fashion than the top hat. The topper’s dominance as the gentleman’s headwear for formal occasions wasn’t truly established until Prince Albert started to favor it in 1850, some 50 years after it was first introduced via an incident which became known as the “The Top Hat Riot.”
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The Masonic ring is a common sight here in the States, but in Europe it is nowhere near as prevalent. Even though modern masonry was born in the UK, our brothers there (and elsewhere in Europe) are often reluctant to make their affiliation with the Craft known publicly.