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Similar to the English Harris Boards, these "carpets", designed by John Sherer, are memory aides for the lectures in American working Craft lodges. John Sherer published both The Masonic Ladder, or the Nine Steps to Ancient Freemasonry and Sherer's Masonic Degree Book of Ancient Craft Masonry in 1866. When he issued his charts in 1874, a second printing of the same edition was released by R.W. Carroll & Co. in Cincinnati.
Found in catalogues for Fraternal Order supply houses during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the posters were mounted on heavy muslin and lithographed in numerous colours. Sizes ranged but most were about 3 x 4 feet. Most were mounted on spring rollers so they could be pulled down as needed, although they were also removed and placed on the lodge floor during degree work.
The book version was lithographed by Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio, the first steam powered press west of New York City.

John Sherer, Sherer's Masonic Degree Book of Ancient Craft Masonry: Being a Correct Presentation of the Emblems of the Blue Lodge Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason According to the American System. Cincinnati: Published by John Sherer, 1866. [4]pp. plus twelve pages illustrated with chromolithographed images. Book images posted to reddit 2017.

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