Drummond’s Tract Depot produced thousands of religious tracts and booklets. From an early 21st century standpoint the tracts and booklets can be dull, sound suspiciously like sermons, are repetitive, and sometimes laughable as when they tackle a ‘delicate’ subject – usually sex – in a rather roundabout way. But their aim was to get people back to church in a society which was gradually becoming more secular in outlook – whether they succeeded is unknown, but they certainly tried.
John Betjeman was broadcasting to a war-time audience, and had in fact been asked to talk about how paper rationing was affecting publishing and reading habits. The text of the broadcast can be found in the book pictured here: Trains and buttered toast.
After the Titanic disaster, there was a strong outpouring of religious texts, linking the Titanic theme in with sermons and the like. There were also tracts comparing the need to be saved from the Titanic to the need to be saved by the church.
Indian Style is an oh so lovely series of watercolor drawings by Texas based artist/illustrator Kelly Rae Burns. Ok, forget the trendy yoga studios . . . I’m goin’ to the forest! Hey, if all that fresh air and communing with nature can get an owl into lotus position, surely it’ll help me too.
The Tarzan series started out as a serial in pulp magazine All-Story in October 1912. The story proved so popular that it was published in book form, first in America in 1914 and then in Great Britain in 1917.