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MATTHEW. MARK. LUKE. JOHN. PROVERBS

NEW YORK: AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY, 1927-28

Photo by Gina Fuentes Walker

Photo by Gina Fuentes Walker

American Bible Society started remodeling its vest pocket Scriptures in the early 1920s and by the end of the decade almost all the books of the Bible had been reissued in a new design: the text was reprinted in the traditional two-column format, maps and photographs of the Holy Land were added where appropriate, and beautifully designed paper covers replaced the cloth bindings of earlier editions.  The new booklets were the most affordable Scriptures yet produced by the Society, selling for just one penny.  A Souvenir Edition of the complete Bible consisting of 32 penny volumes placed in three small boxes was offered to visitors at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933.

The “penny Gospels” were the most widely read Scriptures during the Mississippi Floor and account for more than half of the volumes distributed at the time.

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