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Latter-day Saint Images, 1936 (2)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 19, 2012

A window into the past, through our family album of 1936:


Heber J. Grant and Seven Daughters Among Guests
Cruise to Alaska Sponsored by Beneficial Life



Lowestoft, England


Cedar 1st Ward, Utah
Spring Festival


Berlin, Germany
M-Man – Gleaner Banquet


Patrons Working in Genealogical Library
Salt Lake City


Laie, Hawaii
Gospel Doctrine Class


Thomas J. Watkins
Leeds, England
High Jump During M-Men Sports Meet


Treasures of Truth Display
Chemnitz Germany


School for the Blind
Ogden, Utah


Frankfurt, Germany
MIA Officers in Convention


Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Singing with Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra


Kidderminster, England
Registering for MIA Conference


Mount Carmel, Utah
May Festival


Deacons of Oahu, Hawaii


Temple Index Bureau Staff


Ogden, Utah
May Festival


Spanish Fork, Utah
May Festival


Berlin, Germany
MIA Convention




  1. A lot of German pictures including one with flags. I’ll have to see if I can find anything about the “Treasures of Truth” display in Chemnitz.

    My wife’s ancestors came from Kidderminster, England though they migrated to the US in the 1840s.

    Comment by Steve C. — April 19, 2012 @ 8:25 am

  2. Card catalogs. Haven’t seen one of them in a while.

    Comment by The Other Clark — April 19, 2012 @ 9:12 am

  3. Thanks again, Ardis. These posts are always revelatory.

    Comment by Gary Bergera — April 19, 2012 @ 9:16 am

  4. Those card catalogs were the New Family Search database of that day. Clerks had typed or handwritten an index card for every ordinance performed in every temple as far back as they had records. Before a name was cleared for proxy work in 1936, one of these clerks checked to see whether work had previously been done for that person. Incredible labors, from our point of view.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — April 19, 2012 @ 9:49 am

  5. Once again the specter of war hangs over these pictures, with so many Saints in Germany featured in this.

    I also remember the Temple Index Bureau from my first attempts at my four generation group sheets as a young married. I remember the notation “TIB” next to the ordinances listed on copies I got from my parents of their family group sheets, meaning that they were recorded and verified there. By that time, though, I think most of that had been converted to microfilm; however, that may just have been my perception. At least they didn’t give everybody a key to the card files and blank cards to add whatever they wanted in those days. (Grumbles inwardly at newfamilysearchwikithingy.)

    Comment by kevinf — April 19, 2012 @ 11:53 am

  6. Total threadjack, but speaking of the TIB, anybody else had the chance to use the new indexing app on their smartphones? Pretty slick, and probably worth a post of its own, comparing that to the old records extraction program.

    Comment by kevinf — April 19, 2012 @ 11:55 am

  7. Oh, to have an outdoor Gospel Doctrine class….in Hawaii, no less.

    Comment by Tom O. — April 19, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

  8. I didn’t realize that Beltane was such a prominent celebration on the Mormon calendar.

    Comment by charlene — April 19, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

  9. All over the Church, apparently, wherever there were children and youth groups. There are reports of whole programs, as well as songs and costumes and instructions for dances and patterns for Maypoles. That seemed to have lasted into the early post-war years.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — April 19, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

  10. Maybe the graduation ceremonies at Joaquin School in Provo were a vestige of the May Day celebrations shown in these photographs. Every year the sixth grade girls danced the Maypole–my sister sadly missed out on that glorious experience because we moved after fifth grade and the new school (which really was new–it was the first year Rock Canyon Elementary School was open) did not carry on the tradition. I have no idea what the pagan antecedents of dancing the Maypole might have been–or whether that pole symbolized something that we children would have been completly innocent of back in those days before the sexual revolution–but it was all fun and light-hearted–girls in pastel dresses weaving their crepe streamers around the pole.

    Comment by Mark B. — April 19, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

  11. My child’s elementary school did the Maypole last year, I haven’t heard of them doing it this year. I did the Maypole back in the 1970s, as did every fifth grader in my elementary school, every year, it was a highlight. We called it the May festival. My community kept many of the traditions alive that were originally done on a ward or stake level until correlation changed that. Now that we, who were very young then, are getting older, the traditions are disappearing, too.

    Comment by Rachelle — April 20, 2012 @ 8:52 am

  12. I’ve collecting some good material on how the Primary taught the May dances and about the May festivals in general — kick me into gear for pulling that together for a post for the upcoming May Day!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — April 20, 2012 @ 11:14 am

  13. As the church historian of the Norwich England Stake, I am interested in the photo on this page relating to the Lowestoft Branch, 1936. Does anyone have information about that photo or any historical info relating to the Lowestoft Branch and its members etc.

    Comment by Ron Larter — January 7, 2014 @ 12:21 pm

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