Punch,  43 (1862), 38.

Patent Pulpits

Robert Bushell


Illustration, Drollery; Letter, Spoof

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Invention, Technology, Religious Authority, Exhibitions

    Surprised that critics of the International Exhibition have not drawn the attention of the public to 'an exquisitely carved pulpit' designed to deal with the problem of 'long sermons'. The illustrations and remaining text reveal that the pulpit's cover is designed to fall down on the preacher and thus prevent him from speaking or being heard—a technique that the author suspects is caused by 'machinery'. Hopes his letter will boost the inventor's sales to 'metropolitan congregations'.

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