The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 2, 1956 · Page 2
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PAGE TWO BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS MONDAY, APRIL 2, 1958 Bible Sales Roll Up New Record; 6,000,000 Sold in US Last Year By DICK KLEINER SEA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK — (NEA) — Best-sellers come and go, but the Bible keeps rolling along. La«t year, 1955, was the all-time record year for Bible sales in the U. S. ( and publisher* and booksellers alike figure that '56 should see a new record. Each year, too, the Bible comes out In some new dress. By now there are an estimated 1,000 different versions of the Bible and the two Testaments—In everything from Braille editions for the blind to special abbreviated versions for children. In 1955, some ix million Bibles were sold in the U.S. By far the vast majority of these were James version editions, sizable sales were racked up for the Old Testament sold separately, the new Revised Standard Version and other special versions of all or portions of the Bible. This six million figure compares with the approximately 450.000 sales of the so-called "best-seller" of '55 —Anne Morrow Lindbergh's "Gift From the Sea." And, when you flyure the Bible, has been in circulation for & few years before, it's easy to see the tremendous edge this sacred book has over all other books ever printed. .Whlk the Bible is generally thought of as a 'black-covered book, th*re've been some inroads made into that field by a few publishers. White Bibles have been issued for a vocabulary of only 850 words and is pointed at people with a limited knowledge of the English language. "Trick" Bibles are also part of the publishing picture. Some publishers print especially small editions, with small print, extra-thin paper and small overall size. You can get a Bible the size of a book of matches, for instance. And, for display purposes, there've been huge Bibles printed, one as large as a grand piano. Far and away the most diversified house is the American Bible Society, which has editions in virtually every language on the globe. Figures for 1955 aren't available, but the Society says last year definitely beat '54, when it distributed more than nine million Bibles around the world. In '55. it brought out a new illustrated version of the New Testament, selling for $2, which had a substantial circulation. The Society maintains a special division circulating Bibles for the blind. They have a Braille Bible (20 volumes, $60), a Bible in the Moon System of raised letters rather than the raised dots of Braille some years and, years, there've been a few printed with red, gray and even multicolored jackets. These all serve specific purposes— the red is designed for Mother's Day, for instance. the last few (58 volumes, more than $200), and a set of the Bibles on record, read by Alexander Scour by (170 10-inch records, which take 85 hours to play). In '55, the blind division added On* Bible oddity that is selling | the 4Ist language to its library of increasingly well is the Bible In Braille Bibles in foreign tongues- Basic English. This version contains this latest being Tamil, a language of India. As with ordinary Bibles, Bibles for the blind had a record circulation year in '55. In fact, each year of the last ten has seen a new mark set. Publishers and booksellers see the steadily increasing sales of Bibles as due to two main factors. Perhaps most important is the rise in population, and the increase in family units. Most such units feel that one of the first purchases they should make Is a Bible. The second factor, perhaps not so coldly statistical, is the resurgence of religious interest in the nation. A third reason, which the pub- ihers themselves do not mention, is the increase in advertising expenses. 'While the Bible of itself is pretty much self-advertising, the new versions and special editions as they come out need some help from the commercial world. And so money spent on advertising new Bibles for sale, as we! ads to remind Christmas and Easter shoppers lhat a Bible makes a fine gift, ran to sums which booksellers feel set a record in '55, One leading New York book store, according Lo its spokesman, "snent more on advertising Bibles in '55 n we spent in the last 10 years combined.!' This store also set up a special Bible department last year, which matches similar units fea- iiired by several of the leading i York department stores. HOLT BIBLE: There an more than 1,00* day. Safe* last year skyrocketed to six million different Tentont of the Bible In publication to- cnptM. FOR A NEW NEST! If the down payment on the new home you waul is $2.000, you can save it here in 45 months just by depositing; $10 with us every week. Or you can save it all in 31 months by saving $15 & week here. When you have saved up your down payment, our mortgage loan department will arrange to finance the balance. We Add To Your Savings OUR CHIME CLOCK PLAYS: 'Lord, thru this hour Be thou our guide So by thy power No foot ihaJI tilde." Twice Each Year —! Oldest Bank in Mississippi County :— THE FARMERS BANK & TRUST CO. TIME TRIED - PANIC TESTED M«lier F«ter>l Srxrre system and r. D. I. C. Teacher to Be 'Mr/ not 'Mis*' HAYDON BRIDGE, England lift —When classes broke up for the Easter holiday at Shafloe Trast School, students waved goodbye to their science teacher, Olive Bury. When they return, they'll greet their science teacher, Donald Oliver Bury. Same person. Bury, 39 and. a teacher at the school (or 17 years, utilized the vacation to change her sex officially. The local registrar has altered Bury's birth certificate to read "Donald" Instead of "Olive." Headmaster Edward Waite wrmed the change "simply a legal correction" and would not affect Bury's place in the school. "I Intend to stand firmly by i teacher who has always given m« most loyal service," Waite said. Brinkley Willed Public Library BRINKLEY, Ark. Ml — This city of slightly more than 4,000 people will have a public library in accordance with the wish of a man who left his home and $100.000 in cash for that purpose. Trustees for the late William B. Folsom's estate announced Fri- HICHrJir HICH-larltyl . in BOOTS and Her Buddies At Pug HIGH, • heuitbeat and • Hollywood itar supply howln on th« comics pagt day that the library will be dedicated Sunday afternoon. It will be called the Harriette M. and William B. Folsom Library. mm LUMBER You'll ow It's Dry and Well anufactured That's because fhe SPIB Grade-Mark can only be used on lumber that has been dried and seasoned according to official Grading Rules. And because the name FORDYCE, stamped on lumber, is o pledge to you thai this old, established company stands squarely behind its quality. Re.member, too, that FHA and VA insured loan construction requires Grade-Marked lumber Your Deafer Can Supply You LUMBER COMPANY FORDYCE. A RK-ANS AS Last of Narrow Gauge Railroads Loses Its One Remaining Customer HUNTINGDON, P». W>) — The East Broad Top Railroad—the only narrow gauge railroad etat of the Mississippi River—Saturday lost its last customer alter <00 yn'rt of operation. The customer, Rockhill Coal Co., notified the railroad last Feb. 21 that it was shutting down all operations, effective March 31. The railroad, founded in 184S, operated over 32 miles of winding mountainous country in Huntingdon, pulton and Bedford counties in south-central Pennsylvania. It enjoyed a long period of prosperity but fell into hard tmles when the mines played out. Last October the road reported a deficit of $66,000. It was primarily a carrier of soft coal and ganister, a type of rock used in brick refractories. The Interstate Commerce Commission has approved application for abandonment of the line, which is now awaiting approval of the Public Utility Commission. Read Courier News Classified Ads. Night and Day , PHOENIX, Ariz. Ul - Tor two 1 years, Sheriff's Sgt. John Kimmis said: "Most things happen at night. A daytime job would just about bore me to death." Then he got married. Two weeks later he started working days. FABULON the fobu'ous floo' finish iSISSH'PI COUNTY LUMBER CO. 1801 W. Main Ph. 3-8151 7 Reasons WHY You'll Want to DECORATE with fhesi 7 NEW WALLPAPERS • Smart, New Designs • Rich, modern colors • Easy-to-Hang • Tiz-Trim'd Edges • Budget-Priced • Non-fading • Give Year-Round Beauty to Any Room These lovely papers were carefully chosen to provide you with high-style patterns at thrifty prices. 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