Hand Slightly Inside the Coat

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  1. Scotty32

    Scotty32 Registered User

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    A friend showed a picture of his grandfather at lodge with his hand slightly inside his coat. I noticed also that other masons throughout the years have done the years (Washington, Napoleon, etc) have done the same.
    In the Archives of Brazos Union I found this photo of one of our Past Masters.

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    Is there something it alludes to that I am missing?
     
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  2. Bro. Stewart P.M.

    Bro. Stewart P.M. Lead Moderator Emeritus Staff Member

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    My Brother, this could be simply due to the amount of time that one would have to stand "posed" for a painting or photo to be completed. Some place for ones hand to rest for an extended period of time.

    If memory serves me correctly the old tin-type images took over an hour of exposure to "take".
     
  3. Benton

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    According to Wikipedia (for what it's worth) that's a gesture that originates from Classical times, when Aeschines, founder of a school for rhetoric, suggested that speaking with an arm outside one's toga was rude. Since people back then were much more classically trained than we are today, I could see that as being plausible.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand-in-waistcoat
     
  4. Scotty32

    Scotty32 Registered User

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    Thanks guys. Think I will do the same for my Master photo
     
  5. chancerobinson

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    If it was good enough for Henry B., it's good enough for me.
     
  6. jwhoff

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    I don't have much to say about this. Guess I should ware a coat more often.
     
  7. Jacob Johnson

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    I seem to remember being told that, in the famous painting, Napoleon was actually holding a bullet wound that used to flare up. Anyone know if that's just a legend?
     
  8. JJones

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    Who knows? I heard a similar tale that he placed his hand in his coat because he had appendix (sp?) problems. I don't think anyone knows for sure. :wink:
     
  9. jwhoff

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    Indigestion? Parisian food is quite rich you know.

    Of course, I heard Waterloo was a bitter pill to swallow.
     
  10. chancerobinson

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    I couldn't resist the urge to post a little Stonewall Jackson ...

    [video=youtube;41u3_vyAJTk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41u3_vyAJTk&feature=related[/video]
     
  11. MikeMay

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    Yeah, that would cause some indigestion for sure....
     
  12. Nate C.

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    Maybe his hand got cold?
     
  13. jwhoff

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    In Russia? Maybe that's how he lost count of the lost army.
     
  14. tom268

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    Hm, to my knowledge, Napoleon was never a mason, at least not Emperor Napoleon. Many of his Generals and Marshalls were, and he forced the Grand Orient to accept his brother as Grand Master.

    As far as I learned it in school, the story about the health problems (whaever it was, stomach. liver,) is the most probable.
     
  15. jwhoff

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    Not surprised about the health issues. He did have a lot of gall.

    Let's C: Russia, Egypt, "A"ngland ...
     
  16. Jacob Johnson

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    He had a lot of Gaul, too. (sorry, I had to.)
     
  17. jwhoff

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    You should have! And ... yes he did.
     

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