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Vintage religious tracts: the Evils of Elvis Presleyism, Billy Sunday, Moody Bible Institute, gospel tracts. From 'Religious Tracts' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: https://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/religious-tracts.htm

The Evils of Elvis Presleyism.” Wow!

I was given this tract when I was a kid in the 1960s wanting to get a guitar. It did not have the intended effect. In fact, I thought it was such an oddly funny thing that I kept it all these years (in my guitar case). Along the way, I’ve picked up many more religious tracts for my collection. All are most sincere and earnest, and they mean well there is no denying. But they can be pretty quirky, especially when they get off the path of religious instruction and into the realm of social matters.

Quoting: “Elvis Presley is an uneducated Tennessee fellow... with grotesque sideburns, who musicians say plays his guitar very crudely, but with an emotion-soaked voice and sensual body movements has entranced millions of teenagers [to] make him their ‘sex-idol’.”


The Evils of Elvis Presleyism” by Dr. David Otis Fuller (Baptist Testimony Publishers, Inc.) dates from the mid-to-late 1950s. None of the original publication dates of these tracts is indicated, but all are in the range from 1900-1960. “Take the First Step” (A.M. Tracts, Glasgow, Scotland and London, England), “What it Means To Be a Christian” by Billy Sunday, “Power...in Prayer” by Mrs. Penn-Lewis (Marshall Brothers, London, England; Fleming H. Revell Co., New York; Henderson & Co., Toronto, Canada; M.E. Press, Madras, India; and Bible and Tract Depot, Bombay, India), Royal Dainties No. 174 “The Lost Condition of the Heathen” by H.W. Frost (Asher Publishing Co., St. Paul, Minnesota), “The Lord Is My Banker” (from the Gideon, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago), “Stop, Friend Think!” (Free Tract Society, Los Angeles), “Traits of the Self-Life” (Good News Publishers, Chicago), “Love is a Dangerous Road” by Waldo Richardson (Moody Press, Chicago).