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Nine Moons » Blog Archive : What are Your Mormon Collectables? » What are Your Mormon Collectables?

What are Your Mormon Collectables?

Don - May 14, 2008

Besides kids what Mormon items do you collect?

A few years ago I started to collect 1920 editions of the Book of Mormon. I certainly wouldn’t consider them and investment although prices have gone up a bit over the years.

I have found it interesting to discover all the different 1920 editions. Their cover designs are especially fun. Also there are actual mis-print editions too.

I have a great photo book on Salt Lake City from the early 1900s that an employee found at a rumage sale and gave to me. My copy of Mormon Doctrine is one of the old ones where McConkie calls the Catholic Church the great and abominable.

I also have some of the old seminary teaching materials, mimeograph masters, overhead projector stuff and the like.

I wouldn’t say I was a collector as such, except my 1920 BOMs, but I have collected quite a bunch of (now old) Mormon stuff!

28 Comments »

  1. Don’t you still have your “Meet the Mormons” slideshow?

    Bro. Sims gave me a Johnny Lingo slideshow film that I still have as an antique, but that’s about it. I’d love to make a collection of vintage Mormon film (meaning the weird church movies from the 60s and 70s) and literature.

    I met a guys in L.A. that had some old “Times and Seasons” issues from Nauvoo and even a Deseret Alphabet book.

    Comment by Bret — May 14, 2008 @ 12:26 pm

  2. My Dad recently got a belt buckle from a Nauvoo legion uniform from a relative from a branch of the family that grew up outside the church.

    Comment by JKC — May 14, 2008 @ 12:52 pm

  3. There is a huge rare books collector subculture within Mormonism. I have a couple hard to find books. I also have a decent set of old manuals and handbooks.

    Comment by J. Stapley — May 14, 2008 @ 1:20 pm

  4. I don’t collect anything Mormon.

    Comment by Kim Siever — May 14, 2008 @ 1:23 pm

  5. I have some Mormon books that I inherited from my inlaws.

    I don’t collect anything but music. I’d like to start collecting Osmond vinyl records but no luck yet.

    Comment by Susan M — May 14, 2008 @ 1:40 pm

  6. I collected Dragonball comic books while a Mormon missionary in Japan…

    Comment by Seth R. — May 14, 2008 @ 4:54 pm

  7. I collect several types of non-book Mormon material — I’ve blogged about some of them (with illustrations)here and here. The prices on most of this kind of stuff is still pretty reasonable, if you find some offbeat item to focus on that interests you but that hasn’t hit Antiques Roadshow yet.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — May 14, 2008 @ 5:00 pm

  8. My FIL has a library (or two) jam-packed with old, old LDS texts and books; pictures, family histories, etc. When he dies, I think the Church will come a’knockin’ on our doors, begging for his stuff. He seriously has some awesome things.

    I have…let’s see…some signed art? By Greg Olsen and Simon Dewey. But that’s not “old” yet.

    Comment by cheryl — May 14, 2008 @ 6:47 pm

  9. I collect reprints of first edition Book of Mormons and the reprints of the Millennial Star and the Wasp and the Times and Seasons and the Evening and Morning Star.

    Comment by Gilgamesh — May 14, 2008 @ 9:06 pm

  10. I have various LDS hymn books for the 1900′s in my collection

    Comment by JA Benson — May 15, 2008 @ 10:23 am

  11. Well it certainly isn’t a large collection, but when my ward was switching over from 16mm films to video tapes, they had this table in the foyer with all the old 16mm church films on it for anyone to take for free. I couldn’t carry them all (too heavy and bulky) but I did snag a few. I think I might have Man’s Search for Happiness. No J. Lingo that I remember, though. Drat!

    Comment by meems — May 15, 2008 @ 10:33 am

  12. Kids.

    Comment by ESO — May 15, 2008 @ 1:14 pm

  13. A 1907 Chicago edition of the Book of Mormon that I found at a local (rural Michigan) “antique” (pronounced junk) shop for next to nothing.

    Comment by Floyd the Wonderdog — May 17, 2008 @ 5:56 am

  14. Hymn books here too. (Especially Primary & Sunday School).

    Comment by Coffinberry — May 18, 2008 @ 3:04 pm

  15. Even though all the back issues of the Ensign are available online, up until recently we kept all the issues from the time we were married – 34 years ago. The photgraphy on Temple Square from those 70′s issues of the Conference Report were outstanding. Black and white pictures that really were candid shots, not the mugging that you see today. I used to draw portraits of old men and I found some great pictures to draw in those issues. But, alas, my wife – and our lack of storage space – made me chuck them a couple of years ago.

    Comment by Lamonte — May 20, 2008 @ 11:24 am

  16. Nauvoo is on the way to my parents’ house. Every time we travel through the kids always seem to end up with several of those free bricks they give out. By the time I retire I think I just might be able to build a garage with them.

    Comment by Tstevens — June 6, 2008 @ 12:02 pm

  17. I have a paper book: Pictures and Biographies of Brigham Young and his Wives. I would love to find out a price on this.
    If anyone has seen one of these let me know.
    copyrighted in 1896

    Comment by julie Flores — June 24, 2008 @ 7:38 am

  18. I have a bunch of foreign-language Books of Mormon, but nothing impressive.

    Comment by Kullervo — June 24, 2008 @ 2:21 pm

  19. We just recently stumbled on the Book of Mormon on yellow vinyl records at my husbands grandma’s house… pretty neat. Plus “50 Favorite Mormon Hymns” and “The Jay Welch Chorale & Orchestra” on vinyl record… :)

    Comment by Ashley J. — September 20, 2008 @ 11:19 am

  20. I just found a set of the Book of Mormon on yellow vinyl records also. It was missing the first and seventh album in Vol. 1. If andbody has any information on these such as approximate date they were recorded, I would be interested in the history of these albums.

    Comment by Michelle Hampton — October 20, 2008 @ 12:00 am

  21. I am currently unemployed and have my filmstrip projector and filmstrips I used in the early 1970′s on my mission. Does anyone know if anyone out there is interested in purchasing them? I also have all but two videos in the collection of videos the Church used to put out that had several stories on each video. There were about 28 in the set and they include such movies as Cipher in the Snow, Summer of Decision etc. and I would like to sell those too.

    Thanks!

    Comment by suzie — November 3, 2008 @ 9:29 am

  22. I am interested in purchasing the missionary filmstrip projector and filmstrips from the 1970′s.
    Hope to contact Suzie who has these items. How do I do this?
    dennis

    Comment by dennis wright — November 12, 2008 @ 2:16 pm

  23. Suzie…I am interested in your filmstrips you used on your mission if you still have them.

    Comment by dustin — February 24, 2009 @ 8:45 pm

  24. I also have a very nice complete set of the book of mormon the vinyl yellow records in white ornate cases, not sure on any value as I have not found a good set for sale as of yet!

    Comment by trevor — July 22, 2009 @ 1:39 pm

  25. I own a original ticket to the SLC Temple dedication held in April 1893. Not sure of its worth; but it is in excellent condition. Would you know who might be able to give a estimate as to its value ? Thanks….

    Comment by Roger — September 23, 2010 @ 11:34 am

  26. I am lucky enough to own one of the very few original Nauvoo Legion uniforms. I know of only 3 original uniforms. There is a uniform of a private (presumed to be original, could be reproduction) on display at the Utah National Guard HQ building in Draper, Utah, a sergeant’s jacket in private hands (missing one row out of three rows of buttons) and mine, an officer jacket in excellent shape with all buttons. I got lucky and picked it up in Salt Lake City in the late 1990s. I almost had the sergeant’s jacket but was one week too late! The Nauvoo Legion uniforms on display at the LDS Church History Museum are reproductions using original buttons (as per my conversation with the curator in the early 2000s when I showed them my jacket for reference – they may have an original by now).

    Comment by Russ Wilson — December 15, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

  27. In the early 1970′s we used a filmstrip called The Plan of Salvation” it was actually quite good. Anyone have a copy?

    Comment by Dir k — January 8, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

  28. I don’t but I do remember it. Here’s a newer video that covers the same subject matter:

    http://www.lds.org/pages/the-plan-of-salvation-d-and-c-video

    Comment by MCQ — January 9, 2013 @ 1:38 am

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