Holy Bible, dated 1885, antique gold lettering, leather and board, held together with dental floss

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    120 year old Bible binding held together with dental floss, rusted metal clasps (120 years as of 2005). This bible was originally used in a Protestant church in Oklahoma, from a private family there. The page style is gothic.

    We donated this Bible back to the church in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. A 92 year old Seattle woman gave it to a friend who gave it immediately to me in West Seattle. She has family but no one is Christian.

    As soon as it came into my posession I felt, despite the fine illustrations, unusually fine binding with metal claps and so forth, that it was to be returned to a church on the West Coast. Armed with the Web I went shopping for the right church. Someone paid a lot of money for this bible, and it should have a proper home, restoration, and care. It was too fragile, too fine, and too valuable when restored to be in my collection: I couldn't keep it, shouldn't and didn't.

    Searching in Google Image Search over fast internet connection on "Churches + West Coast" when I saw a photo of the Catholic Church in Puerto Vallarta with it's crown of angels - I knew that was the place. Flying from Seattle to Guadalajara Mexico, I took the large old heavy Bible wrapped up in a clean white sheet in my suitcase. I stayed for a week with friends for my first visit to Mexico - Guadalajara is an old city and very beautiful - people took their time making beautiful architecture from stone.

    From there with one of my friends I took a cosy and posh regular night bus from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and rolled it in the suitcase down the long walkway from the oldest hotel in the city Rosita, to the church, several blocks away.

    The friend with me was resistant to entering the Catholic Church as she is a different religion however I pursuaded her that I needed her help - which I did as it turned out because I do not speak Spanish. After holding Mass the prime priest's handler agreed that the lead priest would speak to us about the treasure we wished to donate.

    However he just zipped right by us without a glance. So we asked again. The kindest sweetheart of a priest with just the kindest eyes accepted the treasure which he said could be repaired. As a priest, he has seen it all in Puerto Vallarta. He was delighted to have it, and treated it with great respect and reverance. He thanked us profusely as my friend translated.

    This shot was photographed on a sheet at our hotel room, laid out on a plastic table, photographed on the deck of the room right next to the sea. With the wind blowing I had to swiftly shoot the images and not many turned out.

    The right to freedom of religion is sacred. Freedom of religion means any religion. But you gotta believe in it.

    Photo of the Catholic Priest -


    so deep, it's meaningless, and 19 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Mononc' Paul 73 months ago | reply

      Looks like a very old and used Bible

    2. Gary B. Watts 73 months ago | reply

      What a great story, and a beautiful book, no matter what the contents.


    3. Wonderlane 73 months ago | reply

      Thank you Uncle Paul T and The KronoNaut. What is really great is we have a RIGHT to our opinions on religion. I love America.

      I was posting just great shots early on Flickr but finally I started posting just about everything - and at full size - without pre-editing. Not all the images are available publically. Right now there are 19,326 images posted up here.

      What is generally available on my main page are poorly shot photos I am trying to see if I can fix. However due to my Masters' program I am creating an exhibit, which I plan to post on another site. All of those photos are available on Flickr but they are not indexed, tagged, or documented.

      I hope people use these images as they are covered under the Creative Commons license. Where else are you going to find an image of the Holy Bible that is more than 120 years old, and held together with dental floss? It's almost Steampunk, na?

    4. digitaljournal.com 69 months ago | reply

      Thanks for using a Creative Commons license with this photo. It was used by a Citizen Journalist on DigitalJournal.com, found here:

    5. Wonderlane 63 months ago | reply


      "But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao, You ain't gonna make it with anyone anyhow."

      - The Beatles, 1968

    6. FireandWater7777 54 months ago | reply

      1Jo 4:7 ¶ Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

      1Jo 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

    7. Coswyn 54 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Bibles, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    8. kkerchner1 36 months ago | reply

      Hello, My wife and I own a Bible exactly like this. My wife bought our Bible at an estate sale about 15 years ago in Minneapolis. Can anyone tell us where we can find the date? Our Bible is in a little better condition, than the one shown in this picture. We would also like to know how many Bibles like this were made? And does anyone who where this Bible was manufactured?

    9. Wonderlane 35 months ago | reply

      it says inside the book

    10. maxmarblesbookbinder.com 34 months ago | reply

      Get me to the doctor, at least the Bible appears to have all its parts.

    11. cowyeow 29 months ago | reply

      very beautiful

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