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Toledo Pythians shoulder arms during a Jubilee Parade on Jefferson Avenue in this 1948 photo.

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Sunlight breaks through the clouds highlight the fire escape on the Pythian Castle in 2004.

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The 16 staff members and four color bearers line up for Captain Hirst's close inspection of the The Pythian Sister Union Fancy Staff. She watches that feet and heels are together and spaces even in October, 1951.

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The year 1890 is seen on the exterior of Pythan Castle in downtown Toledo.

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Pythian Castle catches fire in downtown Toledo in July, 1978.

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Flags and colors were flying as Capt. Pearl Hirst and color guard of the Pythian Sisters Union Fancy Staff, marching champions of three states and Canada.

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From left, Pythians DW.C Yarbrought of Birmingham, Ala., past imperial prince and Paul Bryan of Norfolk, Va., reminisce in 1951.

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The Knights of Pythias march in the King Wamba Carnival parade in downtown Toledo, August, 1909.

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Pythian parade in downtown Toledo, August, 1951.

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These Nomads of Avrudaka in a 1951 photo are Betty Dailey, left, Evelyn Houch, and Lola Yentezen. The Nomads are affiliated with the Pythian Sisters.

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Pythians on parade in front of the Commodore Perry in downtown Toledo, August, 1951.

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Ed Emery for mayor sign on the side of the Pythian Castle in Toledo.

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Exterior of the Pythian Castle in downtown Toledo, August 1953.

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Charles Blessman of Prouty Ave., who provided this photo from 1887, identifies these men as members of Anthony Wayne Lodge No. 141, Knights of Pythias. Mr. Blessman says the lodge met in the hall at the corner of Broadway and Western Avenue.

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