Aug 31, 2011

Compiling a definitive Lodge 333 checklist

I have become increasingly frustrated with the lack of a consistent, agreed upon numbering standard for the OA lodges since the demise of Blue Book over 5 years ago.

As a result I've asked several active Virginia traders and collectors to join with me in working on a definitive reference for the Virginia lodges, with accurate and complete information that we can agree and rely upon going forward.

I've begun with a list of issues for Lodge 333 and after compiling a draft version there are 182 items as of August 31, 2011. I am sure that number will change as more information comes to light, but it's a starting point.

I know there have been efforts in the past to exclude variations because it would make collecting a complete set of a Lodge's issues more difficult. While I understand the purpose, I think at this point their existence is no secret and there are plenty of other very difficult patches to find so it only makes sense to include them in a reference guide that seeks to be complete.

If you are interested in collaborating and contributing to this effort I welcome your participation. Just send me an email and let me know.

I've discussed this for years and put it off since it's a monumental task. But with your help and the assistance of other Virginia collectors and traders who want to contribute it's a very reachable goal and one I hope you will assist with.