Vintage Baptists: Pictures of early 1900s river baptisms

From the book Take Me to the Water: Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photography 1890-1950:

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Photographs of river baptisms were often disseminated as postcards, both by worshipers documenting their personal life-affirming experiences and by tourists noting exotic practices and vanishing folk traditions.

(via Intl Center of Photography, Boing Boing)

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3 responses to “Vintage Baptists: Pictures of early 1900s river baptisms”

  1. Daniel S says:

    In Atlantic Canada, river and ocean baptisms are still fairly common in rural areas. A friend of mine was baptized at a camp in PEI in September. They waded out into the Northumberland Strait while the witnesses watched from the shore. Another friend grew up on an island in the Bay of Fundy and was baptized in those frigid waters.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    1900s, yeah. That’s how I was baptized in 1973. Muddy river, me in my white “dress” (actually t-shirt and shorts), preacher lost his grip, I remember seeing my little white sneakers flying up as my head went under. Um, hallelujah?

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