Mason City
IOOF Home Band on tour,

Author's collection

Postcard, postmarked 1930

About This Image

In 1903, the Iowa chapters of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) and its women's auxiliary - the Rebekahs - founded a home for orphans and the elderly in Mason City, Iowa. The home supported a boys band whose evolution over the years has been recorded in a series of postcards. This postcard, postmarked 1930, shows the band posed in front of a bus. In June of 1930, the I.O.O.F. Home Band of Iowa went on tour, giving performances throughout the state. I have not yet been able to determine whether this postcard was taken on the tour or whether it was made prior to the tour and sold as a souvenir of their performances.

The I.O.O.F. closed its Mason City Orphan Home in 1966 at which time it also sold off much of its surrounding lands. The I.O.O.F. Home & Community Therapy Center continues to this day to serve the elderly.