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A Photograph: Conference Crowds, ca. 1940

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 02, 2010

Temple Square was crowded with Mormon conference-goers on that day some 70 years ago this week (with a modern aerial view of the Salt Lake Temple for comparison, per the first comments):



  1. Are those crosses? And scaffolding? Funny how the rest of it seems so familiar. Some things never change.

    Comment by Ariel — October 2, 2010 @ 9:31 am

  2. That’s certainly scaffolding — don’t know whether they were repairing or only cleaning that spire. But those aren’t crosses on the pinnacles, just the same ornaments that are on there today. I think we’re not used to really looking at photos of the temple from such a low angle — we’re probably more familiar with the way those ornaments look from more aerial views. (I’ll add a link to such a typical aerial view for comparison.)

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — October 2, 2010 @ 9:44 am

  3. During my teen years, my sister and I went to conference every Sunday morning session. In those days, the first presidency and council of the twelve all came through the west gates and entered the tabernacle from the west. People would line up on both sides of the walkway to shake hands with the president of the church (and others) as they were dropped off and walked into the tabernacle. So, my sister and I would position ourselves where we could shake hands with the leaders, then we sat down on a blanket on the lawn and listened to the conference proceedings there instead of waiting in line and going inside. Now we all sit home in front of our TVs and watch conference.

    Comment by Maurine — October 3, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

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