The period of time covered by Jane Platt's lively and engaging examination of the Anglican parish magazine (1859–1929) was a golden age for printed forms of communication, not only of books and other monographs but newspapers, newsletters, and magazines too. Long before the internet and the advent of social media, before the medium of television, and the invention and then widespread use of the telephone, the printed word was the primary vehicle for disseminating news and information. This was a fact not lost at all on the Anglican clergy of the day, who saw in the humble parish magazine a way of not only making the work and ministry of the local church known but of reaching into the homes, and hopefully the lives, of those in the geographical area of the parish who graced the pews often, occasionally, or not at all. Thus, the visiting vicar, clutching a copy of his church's parish magazine, was a common sight at front doors across the villages and towns of the time. Within the pages of the parish magazine were not only church service times, lists of baptisms, weddings, and funerals but advertisements for local businesses and services and articles of
Journal of Religious History – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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