It's amazing what you can stumble upon on the Internet these days. I just came across this site. Maybe you already knew about it, but I did not.
The G.B. of Jehovah`s Witnesses are obviously ashamed / embarrassed with their earlier publications and they would not be happy with sites like this that show them.
As they try to re-write their own history
J.W.`s might like to hide them but thankfully sites like that showcase them for all the world to see.
It's interesting when you think how Governments (both past and present) have put a ban on Jehovah's Witness literature. All these people want to do is spread their message of truth...
And here you have the Governing Body actively trying to sue Websites like avoidjw.org for merely publicizing their literature and offering these same "truths" for everyone to partake!
I'm telling you, back in the 60s, any governmental ban on the WT publications would have the Slave blowing the persecution whistle. And NOW that we have literature from the 60s FREELY available and distributable, God's sole channel of "Truth" appeals to this corrupt system's law to ban it! Go figure?!
If that's not poetic irony, I don't know what is.
A number of the links appear to be broken
I agree with Smiddy that the GB are embarrassed by the earlier publications (who wouldn't be?). I kept a couple of ones from my mother's library (with quotes relating to 1975 and the "end of the system by the end of the 20th century").
I also obtained an original 1980 yearbook off of Amazon for a few dollars.
The last thing they want to see is someone with physical proof of all the crazy stuff they wrote earlier.
It also occurred to me that we are in a new era - the WT and AW (are there still Awakes?) will be quite rare in print and hardly seen by people who are not JWs. Printing is fading away. This would have been absolutely unthinkable in the 70s and 80s.
It does make it easier on the GB, they can just re-write history as needed. Modern society, because of the internet, doesn't maintain a "tribal knowledge" of literature based on books, as in centuries past.
Orwellian "Memory Hole"
Much prefer older publications. I came across latest copy of the Awake recently....there is not one real photo in it..every picture is a drawing...so trashy and verging on a comic.