Mide Lodge #15 Oddity

Received another email with a question about another used flap which looks different. Mide and its successor Lodge Ktemaque is located just north of NYC, so Mide flaps are relatively common (for a lodge merged over 30 years ago) at local TOR’s.

In the last 20+ years that I have been actively collecting NY Issues, I’ve never seen one with a brown/khaki background. It may be the result of repeated bleaching/washings which effected the twill but not the threads. Anyone else ever seen one like this?

Mide Oddity



  1. Dave says:

    Looks to me like fading from washing.

    The twill is often much more subject to fading than is the thread used for the design.

  2. haroldc11 says:

    I have that patch, as I was a Mide #15 Lodge member. That is faded from washing, I will try to take some pictures of this and the other Chappegat neckerchief.

  3. Bruce says:

    As a former MIDE 15 lodge member, the background was originally black. Repeated washing did cause the black background to turn brown. Brown or black, it still brings back some great memories. By-the-way the first MIDE 15 necketchief was a shade of peach color and incorporated the same drum representation with the same black background as the patch.

  4. nyoatrader says:

    Thanks for the comment. Pretty much what I suspected, but nice to get some corroboration.

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