Origin: English Period: Mid 20thC Provenance: Unknown Date: c.1964 Height: 35.25” Width: 27.5” Depth: 1.25” (each in frames)
The group of five framed pentecostal movement billboard posters, in distressed and wonderfully evocative condition, each being professionally custom framed, advertising the sermons of the London Assemblies of God central conventions in 1964, each in black red and blue block scripts with verses from the Bible.
The condition of the posters is what makes them so utterly beguiling meaning that the verses are partially screened out. These billboard posters would have been re-used time and again with the newer version pasted over the older one. The frames have been specially custom designed to now protect and conserve the remaining texts. Essentially with these being ephemera they weren’t intended to last more than a few weeks.
The posters read;
- Be Sure your Sins will Find You out - Behold, I come quickly; and my Wicked ? - Jesus by his own blood he obtained eternal redemption (x2) - How Wilt Thou Do In The Swelling Of The Jordan?
In the late 1800s and early 1900s there was a revival characterised by manifestations of the Holy Spirit, and it was out of this that the Assemblies of God was formed. In January 1926, the AoG GB leaders took complete leadership of the previous Pentecostal Missionary Union – which had a Bible School at Hampstead in London. This maintained its independence, but became the Bible school for the Assemblies of God. The building was destroyed in 1940 – 41. Other buildings were used for a time before the college moved to Kenley in Surrey in 1950, and amalgamated with the Bristol Bible College in 1951. The college moved to its current home, Mattersey, near Doncaster in Yorkshire, in 1973.
The Assemblies of God is now made up of over 500 churches in 700 locations throughout Great Britain.
Hugely punchy and decorative, having a big impact when grouped together, with that ever so slightly macabre undertone, giving them a really edgy feel.