Who Invented Carry on luggage?

BroRando

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The Answer May Suprise you... At the turn of the 20th Century, Bible Students were bringing Bible Literature to the masses. Carrying this fine message about God's Kingdom by person, horse and buggy, bicycles, motor bikes, and the horseless carriage known today as a vehicle. Brother Russell and associates had an urgent message about the coming of God's Kingdom which was to be marked at the end of the Gentile times. The result? A series of books called the Millennial Dawn. This six-volume, clothbound set was so well put together that an Opposer of God's Kingdom publicly complained that the clothbound set was being offered for the modest cost of the printing of $1.65...

Some Bible Students did not even mention the printing costs and paid the costs themselves so that the public may receive freely. "You received free, give free." However, how could an individual carry this six-volume series to the place of distribution without going back to the buggy? Many began using luggage, but those things got very heavy and it was a taunting task.

Brother James Cole invented a foldable, two-wheeled frame to which a suitcase could be attached by screws. The six volume series contained some fifty books and were heavy to carry, especially for sisters. When full-time preacher Charlotte White arrived in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A., rolling a suitcase on wheels, she caused quite a stir. This New Invention was called the Dawn-Mobile.
 

Watchman

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There is no question that Bible Students and JWs have been very creative and have used the latest technology. Some JWs invented a portable crank-up phonograph to play recordings of Rutherford on the doorstep of householders. They created the first movie that used color. They were the first to use the radio to preach. They invented the first translation software MEPS back in the 70s. They used sound cars to preach to large groups. They really did blast out the message back then. Now not so much. Some JWs invented the magazine cart and now JWs stand next to them like statues. Sad.
 
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PJ54

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There is no question that Bible Students and JWs have been very creative and have used the latest technology. Some JWs invented a portable crank-up phonograph to play recordings of Rutherford on the doorstep of householders. They created the first movie that used color. They were the first to use the radio to preach. They invented the first translation software MEPS back in the 70s. They used sound cars to preach to large groups. They really did blast out the message back then. Now not so much. Some JWs invented the magazine cart and now JWs stand next to them like statues. Sad.
The attitude certainly has changed.
 

Jahrule

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There is no question that Bible Students and JWs have been very creative and have used the latest technology. Some JWs invented a portable crank-up phonograph to play recordings of Rutherford on the doorstep of householders. They created the first movie that used color. They were the first to use the radio to preach. They invented the first translation software MEPS back in the 70s. They used sound cars to preach to large groups. They really did blast out the message back then. Now not so much. Some JWs invented the magazine cart and now JWs stand next to them like statues. Sad.
I heard the original film was like 8 hours long, split up over a couple days viewing. My grandmother used to tell me about it. I can find clips of it, but I've never seen the whole thing.
 

KingdomLeast

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Brother James Cole invented a foldable, two-wheeled frame to which a suitcase could be attached by screws. The six volume series contained some fifty books and were heavy to carry, especially for sisters. When full-time preacher Charlotte White arrived in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A., rolling a suitcase on wheels, she caused quite a stir. This New Invention was called the Dawn-Mobile.
Cole was from Florida, his letters are published in the Watch Tower from 1908-1914, but he's mentioned as early as 1893. He was a Colporteur (Pioneer) and Pilgrim (Traveling Overseer).

THE DAWN-MOBILES READY

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For a long time we have been on the lookout for some device which would aid our Colporteur sisters in making delivery of their books. Fifty books weigh forty pounds and are too great a strain on the delicate of either sex.

Colporteur Brother Cole has solved the problem splendidly. He has contrived a device having two wheels which may be attached to any ordinary "suit-case" in five minutes, and without injury to the latter except two holes. In use the wheels support the weight of the books and are easily guided by the hand on the suit-case handle. On a car the wheels fold up against the side of the suit-case. The mechanism is of light weight. The device will be supplied at cost to any colporteur--$2.50 plus express charges.

A GENEROUS PROPOSITION

Knowing that few of the sisters can do better than meet their expenses at Colporteuring, Brother Cole makes the following generous proposal: Through our Society's Colporteur Department Brother Cole offers one of these attachments free to each Colporteur sister now working and who has worked on a regular assignment of territory during the six months ending June 1, 1908, to the extent of sending in regular reports, and paying for not less than sixty dollars worth of books in that time. Orders may be sent in at once, naming your express company.

Should these limitations barely bar out some struggling sisters, such may write us particulars and we will see what, if anything, can be done for them. <WT June 15, 1909>
 

Watchman

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They blasted out "the message" alright!.. let's see, what was the message, oh yeah. That God's kingdom had begun ruling , they also blasted out that Armageddon was nearly upon the world, they blasted out false prophecy and lie after lie on a regular basis and are still doing it.. but that's what salesman do, "Advertise" Advertise" Advertise" call it what it really was, a mass frenzy of hysteria that ruined thousands spiritually. .otherwise known as "The Great Brain Washing" yes Robert they were innovative alright, but that's what business men do.. It's called a colossal sham of one collision after another swapping one truth for another, the old wash rinse and repeat.. Many like myself including you have peeled back the layers and tugged on the threads of the bs and found the truth that watchtower teaches couldn't fill a thimble. And to prove that point, the Almighty invites anyone who's heart is rightly disposed even Jesus once told the apostles to leave certain groups of people alone who were doing works in his name because it was a witness to Christ.. There's gonna a be a whole lot more than Jehovahs witnesses coming out of the tribulation and arnegeddon. The watchtower is just another prostitute except it does its prostituting for free..but you know this.. And thier drivel continues. I' think I'll make up some t-shirts that say "Watchtower Pride" and sell them online. Why not, the WT sells crap all time, I should know , I've bought dozens of books paid for magazines subscriptions .. and the crap they sold me ended up in the trash.. And there lies "the truth" the watchtower has to offer. If that's not a revelation I don't know what is...
And yet you and I and a few million other folks know the truth. Go figure.
 

Patricia

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There's only one problem with that statement.. it took leaving the watchtower to find it, matter of fact I've met dozens who know the truth and never set foot in a kingdom Hall..
I've often wondered who I'd be and where I'd be if my mom hadn't drug me to 3 meetings a week and made me study the books and watchtowers.
Do you know where or how these people who never attended the Hall learned the truth?
Would we understand one word of what watchman has written if we hadn't been first taught by WBTS? Or are you just speaking about no Trinity, no hellfire, etc etc? Even just the basic Bible truths are not readily available outside the borg. Not that they can't be found, certainly, but I doubt I would have found them. Someone would have to be very motivated and already very spiritual.--- Imo.
 

Medi-tator

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Wrong.. the seventh day advents know the and promoted the truth for many years..thier main problem was being hung up on the Sabbath and other things.. but theybtaught the core teachings .. My grandfather was a Baptist preacher, he knew the truth..
I had a conversation the other day with some young 7th Day Adventists. I told them I was a witness of Jehovah. They told me they use God's name Jehovah in their worship. It was a really cool conversation, much easier to relate to than if I was having a convo with a trinitarian.
 

Jahrule

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I've often wondered who I'd be and where I'd be if my mom hadn't drug me to 3 meetings a week and made me study the books and watchtowers.
Do you know where or how these people who never attended the Hall learned the truth?
Would we understand one word of what watchman has written if we hadn't been first taught by WBTS? Or are you just speaking about no Trinity, no hellfire, etc etc? Even just the basic Bible truths are not readily available outside the borg. Not that they can't be found, certainly, but I doubt I would have found them. Someone would have to be very motivated and already very spiritual.--- Imo.
Not for me. I knew Jehovah first. I was never really seriously affiliated with Watchtower. That didn't come until much later in life. I was never good enough to get baptized, even when I was studying prior to 2008. Strangely enough, I think that's the reason I was able to understand what Robert was saying better than had I been raised in the Org. Honestly, I don't know how I learned the truth. My grandmother used to tell me stories about the new world. She didn't even do that much. It was always very causal. Exactly why I cared about it so much I don't know.

I tried to tell my niece and nephew about the new world like my grandmother did for me but it just didn't work the same way. All I know is my mom dedicated me to Jehovah when I was born, but she did that for my brother and sister too. For whatever reason, I'm the only one it stuck with. It wasn't the organization at all. It just stuck in my head and never left. Even when I became an atheist, Jehovah brought me back. At least for me, it was never the Watchtower.
 
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Medi-tator

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Not for me. I knew Jehovah first. I was never really seriously affiliated with Watchtower. That didn't come until much later in life. I was never good enough to get baptized, even when I was studying prior to 2008. Strangely enough, I think that's the reason I was able to understand what Robert was saying better than had I been raised in the Org. Honestly, I don't know how I learned the truth. My grandmother used to tell me stories about the new world. She didn't even do that much. It was always very causal. Exactly why I cared about it so much I don't know.

I tried to tell my niece and nephew about the new world like my grandmother did for me but it just didn't work the same way. All I know is my mom dedicated me to Jehovah when I was born, but she did that for my brother and sister too. For whatever reason, I'm the only one it stuck with. It wasn't the organization at all. It just stuck in my head and never left. Even when I became an atheist, Jehovah brought me back. At least for me, it was never the Watchtower.
Very unique experience and also very cool! You remind me of John The Baptist (the bug guy as Peter said in "The Chosen" LOL) You are ultra rich in spiritual things but very poor in this material world. And you have Jah as your strength and your might and He is always directing you to Him in your life. Very cool indeed!!
 

Jahrule

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Very unique experience and also very cool! You remind me of John The Baptist (the bug guy as Peter said in "The Chosen" LOL) You are ultra rich in spiritual things but very poor in this material world. And you have Jah as your strength and your might and He is always directing you to Him in your life. Very cool indeed!!
Honestly, I wouldn't trade my situation for anything. What good would it be to gain riches but to lose my relationship with Jah? Had I grown up different I might never have even known Jehovah. It gives me so much hope for the future, and for that I am immensely grateful. I truly understand why faith is more valuable than gold. Even if the world took away everything I'd still have Jah, and there is no replacing that.
 
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