Welcome to the Virtual Museum of Fezology!

You have landed at the Virtual Museum of Fezology – a website devoted to that funny little hat known as a “fez!” This site is dedicated to cataloging and displaying examples of fraternal fezzes from all organizations

 in an effort to create a pictoral reference for collectors and others. Just what is a fez?

Fez (n) – a felt cap having the shape of a truncated cone, ornamented with a tassel. (You can go read more at Wikipedia if you’re looking for a longer definition along with some history!)

The museum is divided up into several virtual “exhibits” listed above. So, sit back, put on your favorite hat, and start your tour!

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Summer Fezzin’ Fun

HatShopFezHi there loyal fez fan! We have some awesome updates for you today, so let’s dive right in!

First up is a new mystery to the museum, a purple fez with the word Fashoda written on it. Is it a Shrine piece? Is it from another fraternal organization? Take a look and let us know what you think!

Next is a new exhibit from the Greek American Progressive Association, or GAPA. This hat was donated to us by the fine folks at the Cambridge Masonic Temple Museum and we are really excited to share it with you, so check it out!

Lastly, we’ve obtained another fez from the Nuwabian religious sect, this time in green. If you have any information on what the different fez colors from this group mean, we’d love to know!

Thanks for checking in and we hope you have a great (and cool) summer!

 

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Keep on Fezzing

fezcatWell, hello there! It’s been a bit since our last update. We found that we had failed to respond to several requests for information (which are now responded to.) Work has been keeping us busy, leaving us less time for fezzing. But, fear not – we’re back with an update and four new fezzes for the collection!

First, swing by the Ancient Mystic Order of Bagmen of Bagdad (sic) area and see a rare members fez, in white and blue. From there, check out updates to the Oriental Order of Humility and Perfection page (a new members fez) as well as the Ancient Mystic Order of Samaritans page (which features a new Past Monarchos fez.) Finally, we bring you a brand new exhibit, featuring the White Shrine of Jerusalem, a Masonic group for men and women.

We thank you for your patience with my updates and responses and We hope you keep on fezzing!

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Nu-wha?!?

fezcartoonOh my! It’s been quite some time since we’ve updated this site. However, the wait will have been worth it, once you see what we have obtained! We’ve added five new fezzes to the colleciton, so let’s start by taking a look around!

First, we have an addition to the Grotto exhibit, depicting a damanged fez as a point of reference and to act as a cautionary tale to others.

Next, we’ve added another Kremlin Sodak fez to our Imperial Order of Muscovites collection. This group remains one of our research focuses and we’re happy to have been able to add another example to the exhibit.

Also updated is the Oriental Order of Humility and Perfection area, which now contains a non-bullion example of a basic members fez. All of the fezzes in this section are at least 90 years old, making it one of our most delicate exhibits.

Following that, we have added something to the collection that may not be a fez at all – a Moose Tah! We’ll let you check it out and be the judge. It has a tassel, lacks a brim, and is a hat – but does that make it a fez? Let us know what you think!

Finally, we come to our big acquisition. We’ve managed to finally add a Nuwaubian fez to our collection. The Nuwaubian movement has gained much notoriety and has been labeled as a rascist organization, but their use of the fez (especially from a fraternal standpoint) continues to bring them to our attention.

We hope you enjoy these updates. As always, we are continuing to add fezzes to our collection as we find them. Thanks for reading!

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Happy Fez-giving!

fezguysToday, we find ourselves one day away from the Thanksgiving Holiday in the United States. As we look towards the oncoming holiday season, we wanted to take a moment and update the museum with a few new acquisitions in a token of thanks to our readers.

We’ll start by sharing our new exhibit on the Royal Order of Jesters, an organization tied to the Shriners. The fez we have obtained from this group may not really be a fez at all, but it’s full of character. Once you’ve had your fill of Mirth, we’ll direct your attention over to the Fraternal Order of Eagles exhibit, where we are now displaying one of the rarest fezzes in the collection – a white fez that belonged to a Past Grand Worthy President. Lastly, we’ve added a new Dramatic Order of the Knights of Khorassan fez, which once belonged to a District Deputy Imperial Prince.

We hope that you enjoy this update! Rest assured, we will continue to add pieces to the collection as we find them. Keep the spirit of fraternalism alive and well this holiday season and have a safe and healthy new year!

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Feztember!

fezbentoAs September rolls along, we realized that we had a backlog of new pieces to post to the musuem for you to enjoy.

First up is a mystery fez, of green color, with some curious designs on it. This was a private purchase and we have no idea what group it belongs to. Take a look and see if you can shed any light on it!

Next, we have a National Order of Alley Cats fez, just in time for Halloween. It’s an interestingly designed fez that harkens to an earlier era with kitschy charm.

Lastly, is a Caliphs of Bagdad fez. The group this fez hails from has confounded even the National Heritage Museum. While the fez itself isn’t a mystery, the group sure is. If you happen to have any information, send us a message so we can enlighten the rest of the world!

We hope you enjoyed these updates. Keep checking back, as we’re always adding to the collection!

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Summertime Fezzin’

fezdogHello there intrepid reader! I know, I know, it’s been a while. FIrst Winter was busy. Then Spring was busy. Then summer wanted to get in on the action and be busy too. But, we’ve managed to find two new fezzes to bring you. While they won’t provide much protection against the sun, they will provide you a with a style second-to-none!

First up, we have an Herald Editors fez over at the Dramatic Order Knights of Khorassan exhibit. This fez has more after market decoration than any other in the collection. It’s pretty clear the owner was proud to wear it and spent much time on the road at Fraternal events.

Speaking of being on the road, why not hop on the passenger car and chug over to our new exhibit, featuring a Pennsylvania Railroad Club fez. This piece, unlike anything we’ve seen before, is incredibly unique and represents a cool part of Pennsylvania history.

We hope to be back with more fezzes in the late summer, so check back and see what we’ve dug up!

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Hey look, another post!

$_57Yes! After having only posted one month ago, we’re back with two exciting additions to our humble collection.

First, check out the awesome new Past Master Councilor’s fez over in the DeMolay area. It’s quite old and nicely emobroidered with gold, so you won’t want to miss it.

Then, you can skee-daddle over to the Imperial Order of Muscovites display, as we’ve managed to acquire another Muscovites fez, dating from 1923. This piece is in very good condition and marks a leap forward in knowledge of the group.

As always, we hope you’re having a great year and we look forward to bringing you more fezzes in the future!

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Better late than never!

il_340x270.552213178_7ngaGood day, fezzians! Today, we bring you a long awaited update to the Museum, with two new ladies exhibits.

First up is a brand new section devoted to the Lady Muscovites, a small order designed for women related to members of the Imperial Order of Muscovites, who were affiliated with the Odd Fellows. This piece is one of the rarest in the collection!

Our other addition is a Shriner’s Lady of a Noble fez. While it may not be very fancy, it is something different and represents an interesting trend in the Shrine.

We hope you made it through the winter months well and we look forward to bringing you more fezzy goodness in the future!

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Updates, Updates, Updates

7aa9ba176e2761ba89e4efce719cb816Well, only two updates, but still – that’s pretty good!

We hope everyone had an excellent holiday season. We know we did! Santa brought us two new fezzes for the collection and we’re excited to share them with you.

First up, we have a super exciting addition to our United Ancient Order of Druides exhibit, in the form of a Past Grand Chief Knight fez, hailing from the ladies auxiliary of the organization.

We’re also pleased to post an addition to our Order of Alhambra collection. We recently acquired a Regional Chaplain’s fez, which would have belonged to a Catholic priest. It’s an awesome find, so check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Hey, look – an update!

Ul77026541It’s hard to believe that it has been more than three months since we’ve updated the fez museum – and close to four months since we’ve added a new exhibit. Thankfully, that streak is being broken, as we’re adding two new additions to the collection today.

A quick stroll over to the Knights of Pythias area will uncover a new Knights of Pythias Chaplains fez, unique from our other Pythian pieces. Following on the heals of that fez, we have a brand new exhibit over at the American Woodmen page. This fraternal group is one of the few that underwent a racial change during it’s history and has managed to survive despite some tumultuous times. Check them out!

As always, we appreciate your patronage and look forward to bringing you more fezzes in the future!

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