Bibliophagist

It’s 1927 and you’re a megachurch pioneer, something of a Southern California entertainment mogul, somebody who has enough juice with God to heal the lame and the halt. 1926 had been something of a strain — you’ve either just survived a bizarre kidnapping that dragged you through the California desert or you got caught up in an elaborate hoax to cover up your extramarital affair. A grand jury gets involved. The press is having a field day.
What do you do to restore your good name?
You compose and publish an ersatz Negro spiritual* that concludes with the stirring lines, “Oh! some of these days, When judgement comes, (when judgement comes,) My Lord’s goin’ to stop, (my Lord’s goin’ to stop,) All these gossiping tongues.”
(This sheet music makes a nice example of Aimee Semple McPherson-branded merchandise from the heyday of her media presence. The attractive portrait vignette perhaps anticipates Elsa Lanchester’s Bride of Frankenstein by some seven years.)
—* “Can’t you see that sun, See how she run, Nebber let her ketch you, With your work undone,” etc.

It’s 1927 and you’re a megachurch pioneer, something of a Southern California entertainment mogul, somebody who has enough juice with God to heal the lame and the halt. 1926 had been something of a strain — you’ve either just survived a bizarre kidnapping that dragged you through the California desert or you got caught up in an elaborate hoax to cover up your extramarital affair. A grand jury gets involved. The press is having a field day.

What do you do to restore your good name?

You compose and publish an ersatz Negro spiritual* that concludes with the stirring lines, “Oh! some of these days, When judgement comes, (when judgement comes,) My Lord’s goin’ to stop, (my Lord’s goin’ to stop,) All these gossiping tongues.”

(This sheet music makes a nice example of Aimee Semple McPherson-branded merchandise from the heyday of her media presence. The attractive portrait vignette perhaps anticipates Elsa Lanchester’s Bride of Frankenstein by some seven years.)


* “Can’t you see that sun, See how she run, Nebber let her ketch you, With your work undone,” etc.

— 6 months ago
#pentacostal  #sister aimee  #sheet music  #los angeles  #four square 
"I’d rather be shopping for obscure 19th century eschatological pamphlets."

"I’d rather be shopping for obscure 19th century eschatological pamphlets."

— 7 months ago with 1 note
#matrimony  #eschatology  #book shop 
Usually.
(From the American Social Hygiene Association, Inc. Health Helps: Jim and Bill Go on Leave. Is This Your Town? New York, 1940.)

Usually.

(From the American Social Hygiene Association, Inc. Health Helps: Jim and Bill Go on Leave. Is This Your Town? New York, 1940.)

— 7 months ago
#brothels  #low amusements  #social hygiene 
"Retardo Remedies Nature’s Mistakes" — or as the advertising copy of this attractive little mail-order sexual dysfunction remedy brochure has it,

"Science boldly points to the real cause! It admits that one of the strangest discrepancies in nature is the lack of perfect co-ordination between husband and wife at a time when nervous systems are strained to the utmost. It blames Nature for the over sensitive nerves of the husband which according to medical experts makes ninety percent of men, at one time or another, victims of prematurity."

Happily, Retardo “soothes and quiets over-sensitive nerves locally, for a period of 7 to 10 minutes. In fact, neither one is conscious of its action—and the other need not know of its use.”
(Though sexual intercourse is nowhere mentioned, this  promotional piece from “Perfection Laboratories” is of course aimed squarely at men suffering from premature ejaculation.)

"Retardo Remedies Nature’s Mistakes" — or as the advertising copy of this attractive little mail-order sexual dysfunction remedy brochure has it,

"Science boldly points to the real cause! It admits that one of the strangest discrepancies in nature is the lack of perfect co-ordination between husband and wife at a time when nervous systems are strained to the utmost. It blames Nature for the over sensitive nerves of the husband which according to medical experts makes ninety percent of men, at one time or another, victims of prematurity."

Happily, Retardo “soothes and quiets over-sensitive nerves locally, for a period of 7 to 10 minutes. In fact, neither one is conscious of its action—and the other need not know of its use.”

(Though sexual intercourse is nowhere mentioned, this  promotional piece from “Perfection Laboratories” is of course aimed squarely at men suffering from premature ejaculation.)

— 7 months ago
#sexual  #dysfunction  #mail order  #quack quack quack 
A sweet photographic trade card for a St. Louis art instructor and bookseller (ca. 1885-1895?).

A sweet photographic trade card for a St. Louis art instructor and bookseller (ca. 1885-1895?).

— 7 months ago
#photography  #art  #trade card  #st. louis  #19th century 
"Are we dragging men to Hell by our modern dress?"(A vivid tract that despite its mild case of petitio principii provides an entertaining look at the snares of short skirts and rolled stockings.)

"Are we dragging men to Hell by our modern dress?"

(A vivid tract that despite its mild case of petitio principii provides an entertaining look at the snares of short skirts and rolled stockings.)

— 7 months ago with 5 notes
#sexual panic  #tracts  #dress  #Old Time Religion 
The bicycle of spiritual truth! From John Bunyon Lemon’s delightful allegorical Bicyclist’s Dream of the Road to Heaven (Manchester N. H., 1899).

The bicycle of spiritual truth! From John Bunyon Lemon’s delightful allegorical Bicyclist’s Dream of the Road to Heaven (Manchester N. H., 1899).

— 8 months ago with 3 notes
#bicycle  #pilgrim's progress 

The drunken misadventures (published in 1877) of Thomas S. Doner, who “Having lost both arms through intemperance, he wrote this book with his teeth.”

— 8 months ago with 21 notes
#mendicant  #temperance  #skeletons  #disability 
An early salvo in the sexual revolution lands in suburbia; or, Kinsey in Cosmo in 1953.
(An attractive and ephemeral counter card promotional piece for the September, 1953 issue of Cosmopolitan and its excerpt from the Sexual Behavior in the Human Female—or as the promotional copy on the back would have it, “A Sure-Fire Fast Seller! Played up big on the eye-catching cover of this exciting, lively issue is the leading article Sex Behavior of Women. This is a first look at the much-discussed, long-awaited new Dr. Kinsey Report.”)
Cosmopolitan wouldn’t fully transition over to becoming a woman’s magazine dealing with sex and the single girl until the advent of Helen Gurley Brown in 1965.

An early salvo in the sexual revolution lands in suburbia; or, Kinsey in Cosmo in 1953.

(An attractive and ephemeral counter card promotional piece for the September, 1953 issue of Cosmopolitan and its excerpt from the Sexual Behavior in the Human Female—or as the promotional copy on the back would have it, “A Sure-Fire Fast Seller! Played up big on the eye-catching cover of this exciting, lively issue is the leading article Sex Behavior of Women. This is a first look at the much-discussed, long-awaited new Dr. Kinsey Report.”)

Cosmopolitan wouldn’t fully transition over to becoming a woman’s magazine dealing with sex and the single girl until the advent of Helen Gurley Brown in 1965.

— 9 months ago
#sex  #kinsey  #cosmo  #1953  #suburbia  #too darn hot 
"Hit him with your scrubbing brush, Liza!"
A recalcitrant donkey ca. 1865, “wat would not go, to see Mrs. Jarley’s wax work show.” (This a cartoon coda to the verse epic of  a young man named Poughie, who got shoved through a fence on New Year’s Eve when he would not yield the sidewalk “to a gal on a bust.”)

"Hit him with your scrubbing brush, Liza!"

A recalcitrant donkey ca. 1865, “wat would not go, to see Mrs. Jarley’s wax work show.” (This a cartoon coda to the verse epic of  a young man named Poughie, who got shoved through a fence on New Year’s Eve when he would not yield the sidewalk “to a gal on a bust.”)

— 9 months ago with 1 note
#donkey  #dickens  #caricature  #1860s  #sing muse