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Catholic pamphlets from 1920s-50s advised on marriage, swearing and becoming a nun

A large exhibition of early 20th century publications are going on display in Dublin.

Image: Veritas

MARRIAGE, DRINKING, AND what to do on a date were just some of the topics featured in advice booklets printed by a Catholic publishing body in Ireland between the 1920s and 1950s.

A larged collection of pamplets discovered in the archives of the The Catholic Truth Society (now called Veritas) is going on display in Dublin this weekend, with titles ranging from “The Goat Burglar” to “Why Confess to a Priest”.

The pamphlets were used within parishes to offer advice across a wide range of topics.

The unique ‘Vintage Values’ collection is going on display for the first time in the National Print Museum from 4 – 24 November, with a limited number of prints available for sale online.

Source: Veritas

Source: Veritas

Some of the texts of the pamphlets were imported from the US, but the artwork was all created and printed in Ireland.

Source: Veritas

Veritas says it has almost a full run of pamphlets in its archive; almost five thousand titles in total.

Each is accompanied by information about the artist, the fee paid and the print run.

The original pamphlets will be displayed alongside the enlarged prints during the exhibition.

National Print Museum, Haddington Road, Dublin Source: Veritas

Veritas says it has limited details about the artists involved in the production of the pamphlets, but has revealed the names of a few including George Altendorf, Karl Uhlemann and George Monks.

Attempts have been made to track down some of the artists’ subsequent works and career paths, but with little success.

Source: Veritas

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