A promotional card for a lecture by the radical Bishop, William Montgomery Brown

A promotional card for a lecture by the radical Bishop, William Montgomery Brown

Philadelphia: International Labor Defense, 1926. A card advertising a 1926 Philadelphia lecture by the apostate Episcopal priest, Bishop William Montgomery Brown, on “Labor and Religion” held at the Labor Institute under the auspices of International Labor Defense. The militant trade unionist, Fred Biedenkapp, also spoke on “Relief not Charity.” Brown had been deposed and excommunicated by the Episcopal Church in 1925 and published, “My Heresy: The Autobiography of an Idea” in 1926, although since this lecture was held in January of that year it’s unlikely the book had already been published.

The Labor Institute at 810 Locust St. had previously been the Music Fund Hall before its purchase by various labor and socialist organizations in the early 1920s, including the Philadelphia chapter of the Jewish Workmen’s Circle. It hosted meetings, lectures, and social activities for Philadelphia’s radical community until 1934. It’s full and rich history remains untold.

Postcard-size (5 ½” x 3 ½”) printed recto only. Features a photograph of Brown. Vertical crease down the middle, browning to stock, else a well-preserved, ephemeral item. Item #8590

Price: $75.00