Photos From the Cenventions of 1947 and 1953
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 | Author: David Morris

These are pictures taken from LIFE magazines back in the late 40’s and early 50’s.



Jehovah’s Witnesses Convention, at graduation, class of 120 missionaries from Witness bible school heard seven speeches before receiving diplomas.

Location: NY, US
Date taken: August 1950
Photographer: Ralph Morse


Jehovah’s Witnesses Convention at Yankee Stadium is opened officially by Convention Chairman Grant Suiter.

Location: NY, US
Date taken: August 1950
Photographer: Ralph Morse


Crowds attending the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Convention.

Location: CA, US
Date taken: August 1947
Photographer: Loomis Dean


Pair of Jehovah’s Witnesses women chatting next to road sign reading WATCHTOWER AVE in a temporary tent city set up for those attending the convention from out of town.

Location: Los Angeles, CA, US
Date taken: August 14, 1947


Jehovah’s Witnesses Convention showing Mass baptism from which young woman emerges full fledged Witness.

Location: NY, US
Date taken: August 1950
Photographer: Ralph Morse


Back of car advertising for Jehovah’s Witnesses’ activities at Wrigley Field.

Location: CA, US
Date taken: 1947
Photographer: Loomis Dean


At Jehovah’s Witnesses Convention two girls set their hair in curlers outside lavatory built by Witness Labor.

Location: NY, US
Date taken: August 1950
Photographer: Ralph Morse


Group of Jehovah’s Witnesses attending a convention held at Wrigley Field are singing together in the stands.

Location: Chicago, IL, US
Date taken: August 14, 1947
Photographer: Loomis Dean


Jehovah’s Witness encampment during world convention.

Location: New York, NY, US
Date taken: July 1953
Photographer: Ralph Morse


At Jehovah’s Witnesses Convention mother writing lecture notes while son sleeps on her lap.

Location: NY, US
Date taken: August 1950
Photographer: Ralph Morse


Large crowd of people attending the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Convention.

Location: CA, US
Date taken: 1947
Photographer: Loomis Dean


H.K. Townsend (standing) brought group of out of town Jehovah’s Witnesses from Clarksburg WV to the convention in a wooden jury rigged bus.

Location: Los Angeles, CA, US
Date taken: August 14, 1947
Photographer: Loomis Dean


Nathan H. Knorr speaking at Jehovah’s Witness convention of the sect.

Location: New York, NY, US
Date taken: July 1953
Photographer: Ralph Morse


Jehovah’s Witnesses At Yankee Stadium & Mass Baptism At Riverside Cascade Swimming Pool, NYC

Photographer: Ralph Morse


Jehovah’s Witnesses At Yankee Stadium & Mass Baptism At Riverside Cascade Swimming Pool, NYC

Photographer: Ralph Morse


Members making door-to-door calls.

Location: NY, US
Date taken: May 1958
Photographer: Carl Mydans


“Watchtower”, being distributed in streets of Bangkok.

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Date taken: March 29, 1950
Photographer: Dmitri Kessel


Member selling “The Watchtower” on streets.

Location: NY, US
Date taken: April 1958
Photographer: Carl Mydans


Men and women in bathing suits taking part in a mass baptism.

Location: New York, NY, US
Date taken: July 1953
Photographer: Ralph Morse

Jehovah’s Witness followers holding a mass baptism at Riverside Cascade swimming pool.

Location: New York, NY, US
Date taken: July 1953
Photographer: Ralph Morse


Jehovah’s Witness followers worshipping under big tent.

Location: New York, NY, US
Date taken: July 1953
Photographer: Ralph Morse


Jehovah’s Witness follower sitting under big hat, studying her Bible.

Location: New York, NY, US
Date taken: July 1953
Photographer: Ralph Morse


Jehovah’s Witnesses attending a mass baptism at Gay’s Pickwick Swim Park.

Location: Burbank, CA, US
Date taken: August 14, 1947