What does this sign mean? (masonic)

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posted on Aug, 17 2013 @ 01:40 AM
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So the story is, this is a local city government building. I was walking past it the other day and noticed the Masonic plaque on it. Above it are 4 characters, and when I google for them nothing comes up so now I'm curious what it means. I'm assuming the characters on the bottom are giving it a lodge number (the building used to be a masonic temple I believe).

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Sorry the picture is sideways, no image editing software on this computer to rotate it.




posted on Aug, 17 2013 @ 01:47 AM
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I googled it and found it fast


It's Free And Accepted Masons



posted on Aug, 17 2013 @ 01:51 AM
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Lodge 5908 of whatever State

maybe this one
edit on 17-8-2013 by ParanoidAmerican because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 17 2013 @ 01:57 AM
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The A.L. 5908 refers to the year in which that lodge's cornerstone was placed. A.L. 5908 (Anno Lucis 5908) Is the year 1908.



posted on Aug, 17 2013 @ 02:03 AM
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Free & Accepted Masons



posted on Aug, 17 2013 @ 02:17 AM
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Originally posted by Deaf Alien
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I googled it and found it fast


It's Free And Accepted Masons


Well, that makes sense. I was reading it as F.8.A.M and wasn't coming up with anything. Guess it just took some other eyes to see it as F.&.A.M.



posted on Aug, 17 2013 @ 02:21 AM
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Yeah it does look like 8. I had to zoom in to see it lol



posted on Aug, 19 2013 @ 02:24 PM
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Free and Accepted Masons. AL stands for Anno Lucis, or the Year of Light, which is traced from a biblical date I can't remember correlated to the beginning of creation (typically achieved by adding 4000 years to the current date). AL 5908 is the Gregorian 1908. Masonic groups often laid cornerstones for local government buildings.





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