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June 2012: The Joke is in the Mail - More Humorous Postcards

 

N.d. This rather inappropriately cheerful and unintentionally (?) humorous pictorial depiction of the breaking of the Eighth Commandment was part of a series on the Ten Commandments.
 
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For many years the Billy Graham Center Museum staff with diligence and discernment collected postcards that had a religious theme, especially cards were related in any way to Christian evangelism. The collection grew to include thousands of items from throughout the 20th century, mostly American, and of great variety. There are images of meeting tents, churches, activities, denominations, individual evangelists, illustrations of passages of scripture, Gospel messages and much more. In 2006, this collection was transferred to the BGC Archives. The cards comprise Collection 636.

Many of the postcards used humor. However, although there are many humorous postcards in our collection, they seemed to have been used mostly for two themes: encouraging people to attend Sunday School class and Temperance/Prohibition (whether for or against )




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1910. Card used to encourage people to attend Sunday School

 


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