Thou Shalt NOT Steal

Thou Shalt NOT Steal

Created By Jim Linderman and Dull Tool Dim Bulb

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Saturday

old time religion Sex Used Wrong Way



old time religion W. C. Rice Cross Garden Alabama circa 1995
Original Photograph Jim Linderman

See also "American Folk Art in Place: In Situ" by Jim Linderman

Thursday

old time religion Pansy Faces by Silvia





Cut out old time religion Mother's Day card with Jesus Quote from John 13:31.  Printed on manila paper and crayon decorated by hand circa 1950?  No Date Collection Jim Linderman

old time religion Handmade Folk Art Book The Ten Commandments






Old time religion Manilla paper was developed in the 19th century and used as a cheap material for children's art projects.  This handmade book was bound with a piece of string.  I believe the Sunday school kids were "helped along" with numbers scored, then applied to the paper. 

19th Century Ten Commandments handmade book Collection Jim Linderman

Thanks to Curley's Antiques


Friday

old time religion Plywood Jesus in Florida circa 1950. NOT Holyland.


Today Bibleland is gone, but a 16 million dollar bag of biblical fraud with NON-PROFIT STATUS called Holyland is still available.  FIFTY DOLLAR ADMISSION!  White Jesus is everywhere, as are food shops and propaganda.  Disneyland isn't far…I am going to guess the kids would rather be there.  This plywood "Jesus raising the Dead" dates to the early days of TINY theme parks, NOT the bloated, garish disaster down there now.  Holyland survived and thrived after being founded and owned by Trinity Broadcasting Network, the mass media arm of God.  I vote for the primitive plywood one.  It is charming, and I am sure admission was considerably less.

Real Photo Postcard no Date (circa 1950)  Collection Jim Linderman

Sunday

Former Baseball Player and Big Ham Billy Sunday Rakes it in. Old Time Religion


Old time religion evangelist Billy Sunday made FAR more money preaching to rubes than playing baseball.  The former player was signed to one of the earliest baseball teams by no less than Mr. Spaulding, owner of the Chicago White Stockings.  The German immigrant on the mound was really named Billy SONNTAG, but he went indie under the last name Sunday.  That attracted crowds.  Paying crowds...and he no longer had to fear throwing balls.

Sunday opposed drinking and gambling...fair enough, but he made folks pay admission to hear him say it.  Some 200 bucks a sermon, and he gave FOUR A DAY.  That was 800 bucks a day when the average yearly salary of a worker was?  800 bucks.  Sunday made more in one day than the rest of the country, and unlike real workers, his sweat was from dancing around on stage like a buffoon sent by god instead of good, honest work.  Fortunately, soon radio was invented, and folks could choose their entertainment on their own.  Sunday faded into the either leaving behind thousands of real photo postcards now worth squat.

Wednesday

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Tuesday

Mack's Bedford Beelzebub Devil Serpent! Old Time Religion



A giant old time religion mechanical, low- down devil rattlesnake acts up through the power of Satan (and the juice running through the conduit pipe) which brings him life!    It's Augie Mack's giant automatron with heat-seeking heathen powers!  The powerful creation of Mr. Mack weighed 300 pounds, but has gone missing!  The blog post HERE tells as much of the story as is known. 

Sunday

A Spoonful of Bible Old Time Religion


A Spoonful of Bible  Old Time Religion.  Exhibited at the Century of Progress fair 1933.


Wednesday

Lord's Prayer old time religion



Old Time Religion in which George Chenoweth writes the lord's prayer nine times in the space of a postage stamp.  Why?  Because he COULD.  645 words.  

Lord's Prayer on a Real Photo Postcard collection Jim Linderman (Detail)

Saturday

How to Make an Old Time Religion Tug of War between Sin and Jesus


 Let's make a sin toy and let Jesus win!  From the book (and fevered brain) of Arnold Carl Westphal, a preacher in Salem, Ohio who made his life mission to trick lessons into the kids!  Here Junior, pull the rope! Westphal made Bible study fun with an endless stream of visual gimmicks and handmade objects.  In his introduction, Westphal claims scientific evidence that there are four types of children.
"Those who were all MOUTH, those who were all EARS, those who were all HANDS AND FEET and those who were all EYES."  His tricks were to appeal to all!  The scientific characterization of the flock came from Chicago "where hundreds of children could be gathered from the streets in a few minutes."  Creepy.  His book Junior Surprise Sermons went into at least 6 editions.  In this example, he provides the patter which goes along with the show.  The trick?  God prepared the scissors earlier by breaking off one of the blades!  Remind me to one day share the patter he developed for another of his tricks, "The Unhappy Heathen" in which he says about those in other countries "Many of them faint on the wayside under the sun, and the birds come and pluck out their eyes even before they die." 

From the wartime book Junior Surprise Sermons with Handmade Objects by Arnold Carl Westphal.  Sixth edition. 

Wednesday

old time religion Oscar Hires and Elephant! J. A. Jewel the Circus Evangelist



Old Time Religion Oscar Lewvillian Landemesser aka J. A. Jewell  The Circus Evangelist hires a elephant to shill for his big revival under a circus tent. Shameless.  Oscar made it big on the circus circuit.  Mom took the kids to get religion while Dad went over to the ramble where the girlie act was staged.  Oscar wrote his autobiography in 1948 but I don't see one on Amazon...must not have sold many, but I am sure it was for sale on your way in and on your way out of the tent. (That is, not included in the admission price)  Don't step in anything.

RPPC photo of J.A. Jewel sign on an Elephant circa 1930 Collection Jim Linderman

Sunday

old time religion State Sunday School Convention Choir 1920 Photograph


old time religion State Sunday School Convention Choir 1920 Photograph collection Jim Linderman

Wednesday

old time religion SNARED BY THE DEVIL

old time religion artist E. J. Pace anticipates Spiderman in a big way.  In the Snare of the Devil 1927

old time religion DOES GOD HATE BOWLING ?


Rabid Christian and wannabe Ayatollah Evangelist John Rice, America's Taliban, asks God if Bowling is okay to do.  In sum, I think it is okay as long as you do not bowl naked.  Rice has a particular problem with naked.  In general, if any activity prevents you from praying, God puts the nix on it according to the messages Rice is able to receive from above.  How about if we pray for a strike, and don't swear if we fail to pick up the remaining pin!  Yet another origin of the religious right, from 1955.  Do NOT ask him about the Ice Follies!

Amusements for Christians Right or Wrong? by Evangelist John R. Rice  1955 Sword of the Lord publishers Wheaton, IL Collection Jim Linderman.

Thursday

old time religion Magic Carpet Ride to where Jesus Lived!


old time religion Magic Slate Ride to where Jesus Lived! 


Sunday

Reverand S. Franklin Logsdon Tampers with the Bible (and claims the Devil did too!) old time religion


 Franklin Logsdon was not happy with what the Devil did to the Bible, so he proposed his OWN.

THE DEVIL'S ATTACK ON THE BIBLE
Nevertheless, getting back to this, the devil is too wise to try to destroy the Bible. He knows he can't. He can't destroy the Word of God. But he can do a lot of things to try to supplant it, or to corrupt it in the minds and hearts of God's people. Now he can only do it in one of two ways: either by adding to the Scriptures or by subtracting from the Scriptures. And you mark it down in your little red book: He's too wise to add to because those who have been in the Word for a long time would say, "Wait a minute; this is not in the Bible." So he subtracts from it. The deletions are absolutely frightening.
For instance, there are in the revisions (1881 and 1901), so we are told 5337 deletions, subtractions if you please. And here is the way it is done. It is done so subtly that very few would discover it. For instance, in the New American Standard we are told that 16 times the word "Christ" is gone.  When you are reading through you perhaps wouldn't miss many of them. Some you might. And 10 or 12 times the word "Lord" is gone. For instance, if you were in a church when the pastor is speaking on the words of the Lord Jesus in his temptation, "Get thee behind me, Satan," if you have a New American Standard you wouldn't even find it. It's not even in there. And there are so many such deletions. So this is done in order to get around it and further blind the minds and hearts of people, even though it may be done conscientiously. There isn't any worse kind of error than to have conscientious error. If you are conscientiously wrong it's a terrible situation to be in. Nevertheless, when there is an omission that might be observed, they put in the margin, "Not in the oldest manuscripts." But they don't tell you what those oldest manuscripts are. What oldest manuscripts? Or they say, "Not in the best manuscripts. "What are the best manuscripts? They don't tell you. You see how subtle that is? The average man sees a little note in the margin which says "not in the better manuscripts" and he takes for granted they are scholars and they must know, and then he goes on. That's how easily one can be deceived.
Hear Franklin discuss his problems below!
Original Postcard Collection Jim Linderman

Thursday

The Lord's Prayer GOING BIG in every location! Coin Operated Lord's Prayer


Old Time Religion The Lord's Prayer GOING BIG in every location!  Coin Operated Lord's Prayer brought to you by the same businessman who brought you The CLAW at the carvinal!  Mutoscope Vending Machine Ad.


Saturday

old time religion Postcard Invite for Rally Day


Rally day is all but forgotten.  Just as well.

Sunday School Rally Day invitation postcard circa 1920.  Collection Jim Linderman

Monday

old time religion Railroad to HELL The Ruination Railroad and the Great Salvation



Take an old time religion railroad trip to HELL!  See dismal swamp, murderer's gap, hangman's gorge, infidel park, blasphemy park and dime novel avenue! Your Engineer in Charge the Prince of Darkness. No Christians on board!  They are instead on the great salvation railroad headed directly to sanctification and salvation. 

Reversible Railroad Ticket to Heaven or Hell  circa 1920.  Collection Jim Linderman old time religion. 

Sunday

old time religion Easter Pinback


old time religion Easter pinback circa 1930 Collection Jim Linderman

Friday

old time religion SIN never wears it's Grave Clothes when it courts the RUIN of your Soul EVERY Sin points to DEATH

old time religion SIN never wears it's Grave Clothes when it courts the RUIN of your Soul EVERY Sin points to DEATH.  Early Religious Tract North Carolina Collection Jim Linderman

Wednesday

old time religion The Wages of Sin and Illegitimate Love

old time religion The Wages of Sin and Illegitimate Love illustration from the book The Art of Love: Your Sex Problems Solved by Doctor Homer Blodgett 1955 Collection Jim Linderman

Saturday

old time religion Home Schooling The World's Most Unusual Family of Arnold Pent Invents Home Schooling

old time religion Home Schooling  The World's Most Unusual Family of Arnold Pent Invents home teaching of doctrine!

Why is this the world's most interesting family? Because one of their rocking LPs has that title.

Arnold V. Pent pretty much came up with the notion of home-schooling.  Why?  Because he was nuts.  Being home schooled,  the kids could cram into a 1932  Pierce Arrow and travel "one million miles" spreading the gospel with Dad.  This was in the days before seat belts.  "Arnold, slow DOWN!"  Now before you criticize me for questioning Pen's sanity, consider that in the book Ten P's in a Pod: A Million-Mile journal of the Pent Family his neighbors called him crazy too. 

Feeding eight home schooled little christians was difficult, so old man Pent determined God wanted him to sell fertilizer.  He did that, and also sold baby birch trees he dug up and sold three-for-a-quarter.  The Johnny Appleseed of birch trees.

Not being exposed to anything but the Bible had an effect.  "Son David can recite the entire New Testament from memory…Son Paul memorized the book of Jonah at the age of seven…Son Timothy quotes quotes lengthy passages like the 146th Psalm." writes the Milwaukee Sentinel of September 30, 1961 in a puff piece promoting one to their gospel visits.  Furthermore, the Pents read the Bible three times a day and young daughter Charlotte, age six, "has been quoting scriptures publicly since the age of 3" they say.  Well, it WAS about the only book she had been given.  I believe this is called "teaching doctrine" but it is really indoctrination.  Mind you, the press release used by the Milwaukee Journal was how they promoted themselves.  Today, I'd call it abuse!

Indoctrination often refers to religious ideas, when you're talking about a religious environment that doesn't let you question or criticize those beliefs. The Latin word for "teach," doctrina is the root of indoctrinate, and originally that's just what it meant.  Home schooling in a 1932 Pierce Arrow.
 
They would stay at supporter's houses on their trips through the 48 states.  (Great, here come the ten Pents again…get out the cots.)

Later, Pent founded "Homestead" college of the bible in Tallahassee.  The college (like today's crooked Trump University" offered correspondence B.A', M.A's and Phd's after four to seven years of the study of the Bible.  Each student was charged $140.00 for the bogus course in 1972.  (Some $800 in 2016 dollars.)  Eventually, the State Board of Licensing denied the "school" of a license.  Gee…I guess the "war" on religion started way back! 

As you can see here, there are no less than 56 copies of Ten P's in a Pod available used from Amazon starting at ONE PENNY!


The kids grew up and continued home schooling their kids ad infinitum. 

old time religion Adam and Eve Escape Anonymous Drawing


old time religion Adam and Eve Escape!

Anonymous Drawing circa 1950 Collection Jim Linderman

Sunday

Old Time Religion Oscar Special!


Old Time Religion Oscar Special in which nut-job Christian from Texas proves the following:

Hollywood Glamorizes illicit motherhood.

Hollywood Lionizes dope fiends.

Hollywood Wars against Heaven

Hollywood Embraces the Communist Party Line.

Hollywood makes Sin Pay

Red Traitors Flourish in Movieland

Gilbert was also author of "Moscow over Hollywood" which said the same, but like this one cost a dollar.  Mind you, this was the time when paperback books cost 1/4 of that. Buy them ALL.

Scarlet Sins of the Silver Screen by Dan Gilbert  G.W. Cooper San Antonio Texas 1950
Collection Jim Linderman

Friday

Faithful Nine Months! Old Time Religion Dietz Pinback Deitz Emblem Series


Faithful nine months!  Good work!  Here is a little reward for your purity sash!  Circa 1920, this pin was manufactured by the Dietz Sunday School Supply Company.  The "Emblem series"  was the umbrella term for their reward system series of pins.  They also made pins for Alcoholics Anonymous which marked months sober.

Faithful 9 months pinback circa 1920 Collection Jim Linderman old time religion

Saturday

old time religion seldom seen side of the W. R. Rice Garden in Alabama


old time religion seldom seen side of the W. R. Rice Garden in Alabama.  Original photograph by Jim Linderman 1994

Friday

Old Time Religion White Church Records by the Humbard Family



Old Time Religion  Unfortunate (but accurate) record label name for the Humbard Family Singers.  Whether this is a recording is by the "house band" for discredited "healer" Rex Humbard or not, I do not know...but you can see them in action below.

The World is not Far Away b/w In the Shadow of the Cross White Church Record 78 rpm collection Jim Linderman

Monday

old time religion BIBLE NEWS FLASH


Old time religion BIBLE NEW FLASH In which Adam had no father and Mary's birth of Jesus can be equated to the birth resulting from a white man and a negro woman.  Just as that child is "half negro and half white" Jesus was "half human and half divine."   Preacher W. D. Herrstrom also wrote the non-best seller  "Johna's Submarine Ride" and "75 Reasons why community water supplies should not be fluoridated (Communism and Socialism Pamphlet series)

Bible News Plashes are available for 25 cents a year from Minnesota. Single issues ten cents. 1948 Collection Jim Linderman

Saturday

old time religion Jesus Lead me through the wild forest of Birch Trees! Brother Terrence and his Painting


old time religion Jesus Lead me through the wild forest of Birch Trees!  Brother Terrence and his Painting    Original snapshot, no date.  Collection Jim Linderman

Sunday

old time religion America in Prophecy


old time religion America in Prophecy in which:

Only an old-fashioned holy ghost, heaven sent revival will allow us to compete with the commies and their Sputnik.

America proves the bible is right because "we are a land divided by rivers."

Many Americans are "servants of communism"

An unnamed "negro" tricked the Supreme Court into their ruling on segregation.

In the old days, a "woman who had a bad name was kicked out of society" now she is likely to be "elected president of some club."

Suncay School teachers and "brazenly smoke cigarettes in their cars."

Too long the "alien natives" have been "dumped on our shores."

"Nothing is wrong with America except those who are debauching her"

Dr. E. F. Webber preached over the air for more than 25 years.  He is the author of more than forty books.

America in Prophecy by Dr. E. F. Webber of Oklahama, No Date in publication.  Collection Jim Linderman



old time religion Direct from the Elderly Ladies Home Radio Gospel Blind Evangelist Robert Fraser


old time religion Direct from the Elderly Ladies Home Radio Gospel Blind Evangelist Robert Fraser
1944 Postcard Collection Jim Linderman

Saturday

Scenes from an Immersion Baptism near San Antonio Texas 1927 Collection Jim Linderman

Anonymous vernacular photograph series taken 1927 at an unknown location near San Antonio, Texas.  Collection Jim Linderman Dull Tool Dim Bulb

The Little Man with a Big Message! A. Knudson Preaches the FULL Gospel old time religion



old time religion

Well, that should take some time.  The FULL gospel?  No wonder he calls it a big messsage.  Evangelist A. Knudson Former Judge and Police Magistrate.  Original "telephone pole" invite.
Collection Jim Linderman

Friday

old time religion Joe Hankins Weeping Evangelist meets a Thronging Host and the Happy Clarks Duo


old time religion Joe Hankins Weeping Evangelist Thronging Host and the Happy Clarks Duo. 

Dr. Joe Henry Hankins was a "weeping prophet" which means he faked his delivery.  Better bring your hanky to see Hankins.  He was otherwise  not notable except that he "passed on to the heaven he loved to preach about… where he was met with a thronging host…" according to Great Preaching on Salvation.  The book was published by those somewhat confused Sword of the Lord folks,  so do NOT take it as gospel!  One of his good friends was the rabid nut-job preacher John Rice, who we have featured here often.

As for the opening act "The Happy Clarks" they were a husband and wife duo.  They hardly made a dent either, but you can purchase their greatest hits as a song book (for a song...)

Original Big Tent Revival Joe H. Hankins and the Happy Clarks Original ticket circa 1940
Collection Jim Linderman