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Billy Graham’s 1949 Recorder

1949 era Miniform P55 recorder Mr. Graham used to record his diary of the Los Angeles Crusade


This year, 2019, marks the 70th anniversary of the Los Angeles Crusade held in 1949. The Crusade launched Billy Graham into international prominence. Scheduled for three weeks, the meetings were extended to more than eight weeks, with overflow crowds filling a tent erected downtown each night. During the Crusade, more than 350,000 attended and more than 3,000 made decisions for Christ.

In his book, Just As I Am, Graham shares some of his thoughts concerning those meetings. “Drained as I was, physically, mentally, and emotionally, I experienced God’s unfailing grace in perpetual spiritual renewal. I wanted the Campaign to close, but I was convinced that God wanted it to continue. All my personal reserves were used up; I had to put my entire dependence on the Lord for the messages to preach and the strength to preach them. It seemed that the weaker my body became, the more powerfully God used my simple words.

Our featured archive item this month is the 1949 era Miniform P55 recorder Mr. Graham used to record his diary of the Los Angeles Crusade.

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  1. Karen Ward says:

    I was 71 in October, my Dad died in 2012, He was born Nov. 1, 1918. Mom was born Oct. 10, 1915 and died in 2000. I wish we could go back to those days when we relied on tape recorders, etc. Sometimes those days were simpler. We used to watch all the crusades on television. I watch some on the internet now. I am a single person, and lonely for days gone by, I loved to work, but am retired and live in my own home with my son and his family. Without Jesus I don’t know what we would do, the world is getting very close to the end. Praise God for you and the Word of God!

  2. Alice delancy says:

    Nothing will surpass the message he gave in San Francisco in 1958 “The Offence of the Cross”.
    It should be played on the radio over and over!

  3. John B. Siewert says:

    Good job.

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