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The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association was always eager to use new technology to reach a mass audience with the Christian Gospel. Graham made early use of network television to broadcast a weekly program, used cable television (called land lines) in England to expand the number of people who could attend his meetings and in later years made world wide broadcasts via satellite. Other examples of this are the Talking Pictures that the BGEA began producing in 1952. The recording industry was then experimenting with paper phonograph records. The BGEA used the technology to produce inexpensive 78 rpm (later 33/13) records that could be sent out as giveaways to supporters and inquirers. They were called Talking Pictures because they carried pictures of Graham and the BGEA's ministry as well as audio recordings. Each Talking picture was 8.25 inches square, with pictures and usually a recording on each side. The BGEA continue to produce these for the next decade.

 

 
Billy Graham's Historic Meeting on the Steps of the Capital , 1952   The Home, 1952  

Season's Greetings from Billy Graham and
the entire Team and Staff
,
1952

 
   
The Hour of Decision in History: America has made its Decision, 1953   The Hour of Decision in History: Let Freedom Ring, 1953   The Responsibility of the American Home, 1954
 
 

 
A Memento of the All-Scotland Crusade, 1955   The Ninety and Nine , 1955   Greater Evangelistic Crusade of Toronto , 1955
 
   
Go Tell it on the Mountain, 1955   Souvenir of the New York Crusade, 1957   The Peace We Seek, 1961
 
     
  Billy Graham Answers Teen-agers Questions, 1962  


Link to the online guide Collection 102, containing the phonograph records of the BGEA

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