Modern air-conditioning became widely available in America during the 1950s.However, many churches (primarily African-American congregations) were unable to afford the cooling machines for their church buildings. In addition to their function of cooling the body, the paper blade of the fans were used for printed illustrations and community advertisements. Historically, funeral homes often acquired the space on the back of the fans to advertise their services to the churches members, in addition to other local businesses and services. Illustrations on the front blade of the fans are varied in subject matter; from illustrations of Jesus Christ, to notable people within the respective churches community.
What better place to showcase Photographer Carl Posey's portraits and documentary images of the mostly Baptist Church congregation?
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