|Welcome to the official website of the Noble & Antediluvian Order of The Brotherhood of the Purple Fez.
|Above: Clifford T. Bell in his last
known photograph taken not
long before his disappearance in
1940. This is also the last known
photograph of the original and
all-powerful Purple Fez.
Photo: The Secret Archives of
The Noble & Antediluvian Order
of The Brotherhood of the Purple
This society was founded in 2001 by then members of the Exhibits Department of the
California Science Center to commemorate the life and work of Clifford T. Bell. It was Bell
who mysteriously vanished in 1940 while investigating the hidden powers of the original
Purple Fez that he brought out of the trackless wastes of the Sahara Desert sometime around
Within these pages will be told the epic tale of Clifford T. Bell and his fateful discovery of the
Purple Fez and how the unleashing of its long forgotten and latent powers led to his ultimate
and mysterious downfall. Also told will be the story of the rediscovery of Clifford's tragic tale
and the somewhat less epic tale of the founding of this little known but omnipotently powerful
For many years the Brotherhood has pondered the life of Clifford T. Bell and the exact nature
of the original Purple Fez. Was it a source of unspeakable power or simply the figment of his
imagination? Perhaps we will never know but events lead one to believe the former.
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So enter this website with the forewarning that to do so will make you a part in
some small way of Clifford's story not to mention that of the Purple Fez.
It is with the greatest humility that I, the Most Sublime Grand Master of The
Noble & Antediluvian Order of The Brotherhood of the Purple Fez, bid thee
Clifford's tale will be told to the fullest
extent possible using records he left behind
and later uncovered by members of the
Science Center's Exhibits Department in the
late 1990s and early 2000s. In some cases
new information about Clifford has come to
light as the result ongoing investigations
conducted by the research branch of the
Brotherhood. In other cases the many
blanks of the story are filled in with
informed speculations and suppositions.
|Above: A page from the journal that Clifford
kept while working in the exhibits department
of the California State Exposition Building in
Los Angeles in the late 1930s. The surviving
pages of his journal are the primary
source for the epic story of
Clifford T. Bell and the Purple Fez.
Source: The Secret Archives of The Noble &
Antediluvian Order of The Brotherhood of the
|"He was more than a little eccentric but
really knew his stuff ... and he always
wore a really swell hat."
Being associated with any secret society always involves the making of
profound choices and you, the visitor may choose how you would like to
navigate the labyrinth that makes up this website. You may choose to follow
the story directly and if so then select the "Next" button here or at the very
bottom of this page - it resembles the French Croix de Guerre medal. This will
take you through the journey from start to finish much like reading any good
adventure/mystery novel - the best choice to those new to the site.
The second choice is to select any of the chapter links directly below right. This will allow you to skip intervening chapters and
visit any chapter of your choice directly. Choose wisely and proceed.
|If you would like to contact the Most Sublime Grand Master please do so via the email address below. Due to the curse of spam - even a
most sublime grand master is not immune - you will have to note the email address and enter it by hand. Please be warned that the Most
Sublime Grand Master is often occupied with the deepest councils of the Brotherhood and is not to be disturbed lightly.