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Before the CTR Ring

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 14, 2013

Jewelry with Mormon cultural symbols designed for Mormon women and girls, and to a lesser extent for the guys, has been a feature of the Mormon material landscape from the late 19th century. The Children’s Friend advertised jewelry for the girls’ Primary classes in 1940, with this ad:



the items offered were these:

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  1. Those kids look like they’re about to be divebombed by the Primary Lark and they don’t seem happy about it.

    Comment by iguacufalls — March 14, 2013 @ 9:41 am

  2. Cool find!

    Comment by David Y. — March 14, 2013 @ 9:57 am

  3. Not to be nitpicky, but the Bluebird looks more like a swallow. Just trying to figure out if it is a European or African swallow….

    Comment by kevinf — March 14, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

  4. Good point, kevinf. Only then will we be able to accurately estimate its airspeed velocity. [groan]

    Comment by David Y. — March 14, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

  5. Related to my question of a few days ago, I had thought that the Bluebirds, Larks and Seagulls were names for the girls classes in Mutual not Primary. Is my memory so muddled?

    Comment by charlene — March 15, 2013 @ 10:31 am

  6. They were Primary classes, charlene. Mutual classes had names like Beehive Girls, Juniors, and Gleaners (to be replaced by MIA Maids and Laurels)

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — March 15, 2013 @ 10:39 am

  7. Thank you, Ardis. My muddle is a little less so. 😉

    Comment by charlene — March 15, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

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