An explanation is printed on the verso of the card: "This Order was founded for the purpose of bringing the knowledge of the FLAG to the youth of our country, with the hope of inspiring them with patriotism. Anyone, of either sex, regardless of age, may become members of the Order by placing their right hand on their heart, repeating and signing the obligation. Anyone who desires to help the good cause can procure these cards by addressing the founder of the Order, enclosing at the rate of 5 cents for every 25 cards desired, which barely covers the cost of postage, or they will be forwarded by express (not paid) for $1.50 per thousand. Or if more convenient they can have the cards printed themselves. School teachers are especially invited to confer the obligation upon their schools. As this is entirely a gratuitous work, correspondents should enclose stamp for reply."Binghamton, New York: Defenders of the Flag, c.1896. Printed oath card (3.25"by 5", printed on both sides in red and blue) with large American flag, faintly signed in pencil by Edna A.H. Minger in 1896, cementing her promise to "to always defend the flag" as a member of the Defenders of the Flag. The D.O.F. Order was founded by General Edward F. Jones (1828-1913) of Binghamton, New York in 1896. Very good. Minor toning/dust soiling.