Thursday, September 3, 2009

Billy Sunday Tabernacle

This last week we had Billy Sunday as our Mystery person. He was a former baseball player turned big time evangelist. Today, we feature a picture of a crowd in one of his services.

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  1. Wow also!

    I found an exterior view of the building on Wikipedia, plus a nice photo portrait. Wikipeda says Seating capacity 18,000. Cost to build $68,000. Not clear if this was his HQ, or a temporary tabernacle.

    My first thought on seeing this interior photo is how in the world did anyone hear what he was saying? The man must have had the lungs of a pipe organ.

    Makes me want to watch "Elmer Gantry" again.

    Lovely photo series this week. The picture of St. Boltophs Church reminded me of Ghent, Belgium.

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  2. Another great movie about evangelists is "Miracle Woman" with Barbara Stanwyck and David Manners. Directed by Frank Capra.

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  3. Not only how could they hear him, but hopefully they had fans going, it had to have been hot!!

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  4. Looks like a train station or bus terminal

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  5. I guess tabernacle meetings were the rock concerts of that time. What were the restroom facilities like!? The logistics of crownd control must have been interesting.

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  6. This reminds me of the tabernacle at Falls Creek, OK where I went to summer church camp in junior high and high school (in the 80's). Although we had a great speaker system, it was so hot- and shorts were not allowed! There were large fans to help at least provide a warm breeze. So you either got there early for a seat near a fan- or like my friends and I did- join the choir so you can sit in the much cooler choir loft... even if you couldn't hold a tune!

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