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The Angelus

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Twelve o'clock - six o'clock!  The Church bell rings out its deep, clear tones, to recall our minds to Mary.  The Angelus!  What a sweet and necessary reminder of Heaven.
The Angelus  The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.  Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;  blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen. Behold the handmaid of the Lord: 
Be it done unto me according to Thy word. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;  blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen. And the Word was made Flesh: 
And dwelt among us.

        Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is 
        with thee;  blessed art thou among 
        women and blessed is the fruit of thy
        womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of 
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Irish Up

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The Catholic Truth Society of Ireland was founded in 1899, its mission to expunge the “scourge of foreign influence, in the form of British and American books, films, magazines and newspapers,” wrote Naill McCormack, editor of Vintage Values: Classic Pamphlet Cover Design From Twentieth-Century Ireland and author of Vintage Irish Book Covers blog. The CTS’s target audience was attracted to the covers that had a somehow pulp allure and The Church, it seems, had no problem using it for their ends. I asked McCormack to tell us more about CTS and its design legacy. Where does this stand along the spectrum of historic Irish graphic design?
Unfortunately, the history of Irish graphic design is largely overlooked and very little has been written on it so it is hard to place the artwork from the Catholic Truth Society pamphlets in an Irish design context. What we do know is that many highly accomplished commercial artists were engaged by the CTS to create artwork over the years. George Altendorf…