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 The Alfalfa Club of Washington D. C., 45th Anniversary Dinner, Printed Seating Chart. Byron S Adams.Washington, DC.21203  The Brawnville Papers, being Memorials of the Brawnville Athletic Club, edited by Moses Coit Tyler. Fields, Osgood & Co.Boston.1869
Accordion fold, double-sided, large, seating chart. Jokingly referred to as the nation's most ineffective political party, the Alfalfa Club is an exclusive social club based in Washington DC, that typically only meets once a year on the last Saturday of January for an elaborate banquet. The club invitation only, something which only is only occurs when a current member dies. The club's membership it made up of some of the 200 richest and most powerful people in the world, and does not just include people from the political sphere of influence. Several past Presidents, such as Truman, Eisenhower, and Clinton have been members. With every banquet a large seating chart is printed and given out to members in order to facilitate a maximum amount of networking. On the front side of the 1958 banquet's seating chart is a depiction of the twelve tables at the event, with sometimes up to 45 people at each table. On the front side members are just listed by their names or titles, such as Mr. Sharp or the Vice President of the United States. On the back side of the chart is a list, in alphabetical order, of every person at the dinner featuring their full name and title. Members of note are bolded on both sides for emphasis. Printed in black with green accents. Measures 13" x 5 1/4" (folded), 40" x 13" (unfolded).  Toned due to age. Minor water stain on edge of one section. Small tear on bottom edge of another. Staple marks on one section. . The club was started in 1913, and originally designed as a way to celebrate the birthday of Confederate General, Robert E. Lee. Its name comes from the alfalfa plant's supposed willingness to "do anything for a drink." Even with its rather dubious beginnings, the club continues to thrive, and move away from its dark roots. They first started admitting blacks in 1974 and woman 1994 (though only after the President Clinton boycotted the banquet). The annual banquet serves as political roast, with the highlight of the night being the club's satirical nomination of a presidential candidate. Ironically, some of these joke nominations would eventually become the US President (Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H W Bush and George W Bush). Additionally, the current US President is also normally invited and gives a speech. In 1958 Representative Charles A. Halleck (R-Ind) was nominated by the club. In his acceptance speech he jokingly stated that he would run on the platform of a promise to build a rocket to the big dipper and a parking space for every car. While President Dwight D. Eisenhower was unable to attend the event, he fully supported the nomination stating that Halleck's campaign promises "stamp him as the kind of bold campaigner that we want to represent Alfalfa." 215 page book, with gilt stamped covers. Twelve essays written on the subject of 'physical culture'. First appeared as articles in the Herald of Health Journal. While it might have first have been indended to be essays on 'physical culture' these articles have snowballed into commentary on life, as well as memoirs of the Brawnville Althletic Club. Measures 7 x 5 1/4".. Edge wear, partially on the spine. The book is missing one page, it is evident that it was torn from the book. However it appears to have been the blank page before the title page. There is a small stain on the top corner of the first 25 pages or so, does not affect readability,
 Certificate - Council Appointment as Councillor of State  Earl Chesterfield  Order of Cincinnatus. .Cincinnati, OH.1876 A Collection of Nine Emblems of Fraternal Symbols
A 17 1/2" x 12" certificate with images of an anthropomorphic pig in fancy attire and a horse as a police officer.  The King of the Carnival certifies that Thomas L. Jones, a judge,  is appointed to Councillor of State with the title of Earl Chesterfield for the entry and duration of their royal and triumphant entry into our loyal Capital city of Cincinnati.  Signed "Rex".  Rex's embossed seals at base joined by a ribbon.  Letter folds.. Order of Cincinnatus may refer to: The Society of the Cincinnati, an organization in the United States and France founded in 1783 to preserve the ideals and fellowship of the Revolutionary War officers who fought for American independence. A collection of nine (9) circular emblems of fraternal symbols. The exact fraternal or secret society these emblems belong to is unknown, but the majority of the symbols are Masonic in design. The base for the emblems are made from fabric with medal symbols attached. They have a red velvet center with a blue fringe design and are 4 3/4" in diameter. The backs of the emblems have two small metal rings on them, suggesting that they were designed to be hung. The symbols include a pair of crossed swords, a pair of crossed keys, a pair of crossed spears, a pair of crossed gavels, a pair of crossed arrows (or quills), a single arrow (or quill), the all seeing eye, a stylized collar with a red stone, and a chalice with the letters LPF. As those letters do not match an abbreviation for any known society, they are assumed to be the initials of a member. Again while the exact society these belong to is unknown, here are some societies that are known to use similar symbols: Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Freemasons, Quill and Dagger, and Order of Solomon's Temple (aka the Knights Templar).