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Soul Trailer: 1940

Soul Trailer: 1940

December 1940. "Itinerant preacher from South Carolina saving souls of construction workers at Camp Livingston job near Alexandria, Louisiana." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

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"Believe on the Lord"

This phrasing is still in use, I think it's common among evangelicals.

[For those who have not caught on, the "phrasing" is from the Bible itself. The verse on the trailer, as noted below, is Acts 16:31 (King James Version). - Dave]

It's not the years

It's the miles!

Old before its time

I love how both the car and trailer, neither of which would be more than four or five years from manufacture in late 1940, look as though they are both 20 years old.

ON the Lord?

Odd to see the logo as "believe on the Lord" rather than "believe in the Lord." A mistake, or perhaps a now-obsolete usage?

[Acts 16:31. How do we alert the authors of the New Testament about their "mistake"? - Dave]

Dead Center

Alexandria, in the heart of Louisiana. Lovely little town; not that much changed from the 50s when I was there.

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