People often talk about Christian advertising as if it is something new, a sign of secularism’s “takeover” of Christianity. But images like this one from 1877 suggest that the lines between church and commerce have been blurred for over a century. This image comes from the Sunday-School Times, vol. XIX, page 849.

Sunday-School Times Corset Ad

Sunday-School Times. Vol. XIX, p. 849.

I’m guessing that this was a failed revolution. Perhaps cork wasn’t quite the life-changing corset material it was made out to be? Cooley’s Cork Corsets… gone but not forgotten.