Jehovah's Witnesses Believe It or Not- Weird & Wacky Museum

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  • Think About It
    Think About It

    You've seen or heard about the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museums, where different weird & wacky items are displayed from human culture. Let's compile a list of the weird & wacky items from the JW religion that would make a great JW Believe It or Not Museum. Maybe the WTS could open one up it's own historical museum in Brooklyn to make some big money. Yes....I think people would actually pay money to see these bat-shit crazy things from the history of the WTS.

    I'll start off with a display of Fred Franz's OLD BROWN SHOES.

    Frederick William Franz (September 12, 1893 – December 22, 1992) served as 5th President of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, the legal entity used to direct the work of the Jehovah's Witnesses religion from June 1977 to Dec 1992.

    Fred Franz was the Oracle of Watchtower teachings for more than 70 years. Many Witnesses relate stories of Fred Franz talking to the same pair of old brown shoes that he wore continually. Is it possible that these old brown shoes was a type of physical medium for Fred Franz's ideas on Watchtower prophecy & doctrine? Did the old brown shoes inspire Fred Franz to come up with the "no blood transfusions" doctrine, and "1975 end of the world" prophecy?

    Anything is possible in The Weird & Wacky World of the Jehovah's Witnesses religion- Believe it or not.

    What do you have to display for people to see in this museum?

  • Calebs Airplane
    Calebs Airplane

    How about the Electronic Radio Biola?... purchased by unsuspecting JWs who were desperate for a miracle cure.

    Speaking of "miracle" cures, remember Miracle Wheat?

  • tinker
    tinker

    Believe it or not, i tried to start a sort of historical museum in our KH 2nd school library. This was before the RBC had all the say and we were remodeling our hall and I was asked to be on the decorating committee. Well not ON since I was a Seester, no way but the Bro consulted with me. We had a lot of old timers who had been colporters with the record players and big collections of the old Washtowels. Some had the Cross on them. I had some of the old magazines framed and the record player all shined up. Even had some old placards and convention bumper stickers mounted. It was beautiful collection. We hung it and all the dubs loved it. Then the CO came around and without a word to me the whole thing was taken down and never to be seen again. No explaination and I was given the LOOK of Do Not Ask Questions.

  • Think About It
    Think About It
    We had a lot of old timers who had been colporters with the record players and big collections of the old Washtowels. Some had the Cross on them. I had some of the old magazines framed and the record player all shined up. Even had some old placards and convention bumper stickers mounted. It was beautiful collection. We hung it and all the dubs loved it.

    That was awesome.

  • tinker
    tinker

    I will learn someday how to post pictures but not today. I have a picture of myself wearing a Sandwich Board advertising a convention Sunday talk. I remember loving to wear those things all over downtown Long Beach CA when I was very little. My mom would hold the magazines and my sister and I would wear the sandwich boards and hand out the handbills. A fond and weird memory.

  • james_woods
    james_woods

    One of those hand-windup door to door record players with a Judge Rutherford message record would be very appropriate.

  • LisaRose
    LisaRose

    The signs they used to carry outside of churches saying "Religion is a snare and a racket". They were right of course, but it wasn't the churches, It was them.

  • Mum
    Mum

    There were some WT and Awake! articles and "special" issues about 1975 that I would place in this museum. Countless people have "demonized" jewelry and articles of clothing that should be included. Stories about how many otherwise intelligent, sensible people were converted, indoctrinated and pushed out would also be great.

    SandraC

  • Cagefighter
    Cagefighter

    a raggedy smurf doll with slight charring that is the actually doll that came to life at the kh and could not be destroyed by fire. include a picture of some dude from the early eighties with a mustache who wrangled the smurf using his green bible.

  • love2Bworldly
    love2Bworldly

    how about the miniature book bag & BibleI made for my barbies?

  • GLTirebiter
    GLTirebiter

    Add this to the audio archives. Sundown on Sept 5, 1975

  • Think About It
    Think About It

    Charles Taze Russell's pyramid grave marker.

    Yes.....if you are a JW lurker you can believe what you are seeing. Pastor Russell the 1st President of the Watchtower Society was into pyramidology, and has an actual pyramid as a grave marker. Weird & wacky from the founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses religion where even owning a wind-chime can be considered a sin.

  • clarity
    clarity

    One thing that I thought was very weird & sort of 'school girlish'

    was a small (6''x 8''approx) autograph book. Most older sisters

    seemed to carry them in their bookbag.

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    They were printed for recording... birthdays, special dates, poems,

    addresses, and most had a friend's note scrawled across the page ...

    "Roses are red, and violets are blue. Honey is sweet and so are you"

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    This was before my time ... so probably in the 20's - 30's.

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    Shows that jws were a bit more personally connected in those days!

    clarity

  • Aussie Oz
    Aussie Oz

    I'd put in the old wall sized chart plan of the ages...

    along with a copy of william millers so the visitors could see how both groups are of the same blood.

    oz

  • clarity
    clarity

    Hmm, just googled that address book & it looks like it is

    older than I thought!

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    G.W.Siebert: My friends, Their Birthdays and autographs, 1907

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    Anyone on here who still has one laying around?

    c

  • Cagefighter
    Cagefighter

    a troll doll or garden gnome encased in bullet proof glass with dried blood on its mouth from after biting my friends jw mom.

  • smiddy
    smiddy

    Clarity

    My apologies to the op for going slightly off topic , "Roses are red, and violets are blue. Honey is sweet and so are you"

    A radio Icon in Australia by name of Jack Davey once introduced / or concluded I can`t remember which , a variation of that phrase on national radio.Melbourne, thats where I heard it live . I was a teenager then .

    " Roses are red and ready to pluck and girls of sixteen are ready to ....." Hi, Ho ,everbody " his standard catchcry

    It did cause a bit of an uproar at the time

    smiddy

  • Think About It
    Think About It

    Beth Sarim- The House of Princes

    Beth Sarim (Hebrew for ' House of the Princes ?) was a ten-bedroom mansion in San Diego, California, constructed by the Watchtower Society in 1929 in anticipation of various resurrected Old Testament biblical patriarchs or prophets such as Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah and Samuel. It was maintained by the Watchtower Society, the parent organization of the Jehovah's Witnesses religion, and was also used as a winter home and executive office for Watchower Society president Joseph Franklin Rutherford.

    So let me get this right.......The WTS actually believed that biblical characters like Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah and Samuel, were going to be raised from the dead where they had been buried in their bible lands, then get themselves a passport to come live with 'Judge' Rutherford in his San Diego, California mansion to help oversee the work of the Watchtower Society? This is beyond Wierd & Wacky.....this is Bat-Shit Crazy level.

  • solomon
    solomon

    A bag of Miracle Wheat

  • brinjen
    brinjen

    The May 15th, 1984 Watchtower. (1914, The Generation That Will Not Pass Away).

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