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Periodical: The Carrier Dove

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Carrier Dove, The.
An Illustrated Weekly Journal Devoted to Spiritualism and Reform.
Behold! I Bring You Glad Tidings of Great Joy
1883-1893 Monthly until 1887, weekly until 1889, then monthly
Oakland, then San Francisco, then Oakland, CA again. Publisher: Dr. Louis Schlesinger and Julia Schlesinger. Editor: Elizabeth Lowe Watson, Julia Schlesinger. Succeeded by: Pacific Coast Spiritualist
1/1, September 1883-June 1893. The journal started at 4 pp., 14 x 22, and sold for $2.00; by the 1890s it had grown to 66-82 pp, and the price had increased to $2.50. Julia Schlesinger's own account of the journal is touching: "In September, 1883, The Carrier Dove was started in Oakland, by Mrs. J. Schlesinger, as a lyceum paper. It soon outgrew its juvenile character, and assumed the proportions and nature of a first-class illustrated monthly magazine. It was the first spiritual magazine in the world that made a specialty of publishing portraits and biographical sketches of prominent Spiritualists. After being issued three years and a half as a monthly, it was changed into a weekly, but still retained its magazine form and illustrations. The Dove continued until 1893 - just ten years from its first appearance -- when the name was changed to the Pacific Coast Spiritualist, and in form it was changed to a large eight-page weekly newspaper. This publication was not as successful as the Carrier Dove, and after months of hard work on the part of the proprietors -- Dr. and Mrs. Schlesinger -- the latter's health failed completely owing to the long contained and constant taxation of body and brain and the Pacific Coast Spiritualist ceased to exist when its editor could no longer wield her pen." ["A Review of the Progress of Spiritualism," Workers in the Vineyard: A Review of the Progress of Spiritualism, Biographical Sketches, Lectures, Essays and Poems (San Francisco, CA, 1896)].

The journal was decidedly in the reform camp and itself functioned as an example of the move towards fields in which women could support themselves financially, in the case of the journal as job printers. In its last years the journal carried regular articles by E.D. Babbitt, W.E. Coleman, Helen Wilmans, Moses and Mattie Hull and Lois Waisbrooker, each volume containing pictures and biographies of leading spiritualists, novelettes, bad poetry, letters from readers, all supplemented by exhortations on woman's suffrage and the wonders of a mild socialism and utopianism, together with extended advertising pages. Most notable among the journal's content were two long series of articles by W.E. Coleman attacking H.P. Blavatsky. LOC; NY State Library; California State University, Northridge; Los Angeles Public Library; Oakland Public Library; San Francisco Public Library; University of Claifornia, San Diego; Whittier College; Southern Methodist University; University of Texas, Austin.

Significance:
IssuesVolume 3, Index
Volume 3, Number 1: January 1886
Volume 3, Number 2: February 1886
Volume 3, Number 3: March 1886
Volume 3, Number 4: April 1886
Volume 3, Number 5: May 1886
Volume 3, Number 6: June 1886
Volume 3, Number 7: July 1886
Volume 3, Number 8: August 1886
Volume 3, Number 9: September 1886
Volume 3, Number 10: October 1886
Volume 3, Number 11: November 1886
Volume 3, Number 12: December 1886
Volume 4, Index
Volume 4, Number 1: January 1887
Volume 4, Number 2: February 1887
Volume 4, Number 3: March 1887
Volume 4, Number 4: April 1887
Volume 4, Number 5: May 1887
Volume 4, Number 6: June 1887
Volume 4, Number 7: July 1887
Volume 4, Number 8: July 30 1887
Volume 4, Number 9: August 6 30 1887
Volume 4, Number 10: August 13 1887
Volume 4, Number 11: August 20 1887
Volume 4, Number 12: August 27 1887
Volume 4, Number 13: September 3 1887
Volume 4, Number 14: September 10 1887
Volume 4, Number 15: September 17 1887
Volume 4, Number 16: September 24 1887
Volume 4, Number 17: October 1 1887
Volume 4, Number 18: October 8 1887
Volume 4, Number 19: October 15 1887
Volume 4, Number 20: October 22 1887
Volume 4, Number 21: October 29 1887
Volume 4, Number 22: November 5 1887
Volume 4, Number 23: November 12 1887
Volume 4, Number 24: November 19 1887
Volume 4, Number 25: November 26 1887
Volume 4, Number 26: December 3 1887
Volume 4, Number 27: December 10 1887
Volume 4, Number 28: December 17 1887
Volume 4, Number 29: December 24 1887
Volume 4, Number 30: December 31 1887
Volume 5 Index
Volume 5 Number 1 Jan 7 1888 and an alternate copy
Volume 5 Number 2 Jan 14 1888 and an alternate copy
Volume 5 Number 3 Jan 21 1888
Volume 5 Number 4 Jan 28 1888 Partial
Volume 5 Number 5 Feb 4 1888
Volume 5 Number 6 Feb 11 1888
Volume 5 Number 7 Feb 18 1888
Volume 5 Number 8 Feb 25 1888
Volume 5 Number 9 Mar 3 1888
Volume 5 Number 10 Mar 10 1888
Volume 5 Number 11 Mar 17 1888
Volume 5 Number 12 Mar 24 1888
Volume 5 Number 13 Mar 31 1888
Volume 5 Number 14 Apr 7 1888
Volume 5 Number 15 Apr 14 1888
Volume 5 Number 16 Apr 21 1888
Volume 5 Number 17 Apr 28 1888
Volume 5 Number 18 May 5 1888
Volume 5 Number 19 May 12 1888
Volume 5 Number 20 May 19 1888
Volume 5 Number 21 May 26 1888
Volume 5 Number 22 Jun 2 1888
Volume 5 Number 23 Jun 9 1888
Volume 5 Number 24 Jun 16 1888
Volume 5 Number 25 Jun 23 1888
Volume 5 Number 26 Jun 30 1888
Volume 5 Number 27 Jul 7 1888
Volume 5 Number 28 Jul 14 1888
Volume 5 Number 29 Jul 21 1888
Volume 5 Number 30 Jul 28 1888
Volume 5 Number 31 Aug 4 1888
Volume 5 Number 32 Aug 11 1888
Volume 5 Number 33 Aug 18 1888
Volume 5 Number 34 Aug 25 1888
Volume 5 Number 35 Sep 1 1888
Volume 5 Number 36 Sep 8 1888
Volume 5 Number 37 Sep 15 1888
Volume 5 Number 38 Sep 22 1888
Volume 5 Number 39 Sep 29 1888
Volume 5 Number 40 Oct 6 1888
Volume 5 Number 41 Oct 13 1888
Volume 5 Number 42 Oct 20 1888
Volume 5 Number 43 Oct 27 1888
Volume 5 Number 44 Nov 3 1888
Volume 5 Number 45 Number ov 10 1888
Volume 5 Number 46 Nov 17 1888
Volume 5 Number 47 Nov 24 1888
Volume 5 Number 48 Dec 1 1888
Volume 5 Number 49 Dec 8 1888
Volume 5 Number 50 Dec 15 1888
Volume 5 Number 51 Dec 22 1888
Volume 5 Number 52 Dec 29 1888
Volume 6, Number 12: March 23, 1889
Volume 6, Number 13: March 30, 1889
Volume 6, Number 14: April 6, 1889
Volume 6, Number 15: April 13, 1889
Volume 6, Number 16: April 20, 1889
Volume 6, Number 17: April 27, 1889
Volume 6, Number 18: May 4, 1889
Volume 6, Number 19: May 11, 1889
Volume 6, Number 23: June 8, 1889
Volume 6, Number 30: July 27, 1889
Volume 6, Number 45: November 9, 1889
Volume 6, Number 47: November 23, 1889
Volume 8, Number 1: January 1891
Volume 8, Number 2: February 1891
Volume 8, Number 3: March 1891
Volume 8, Number 4: April 1891
Volume 8, Number 5: May 1891
Volume 8, Number 6: June 1891
Volume 8, Number 7: July 1891
Volume 8, Number 8: August 1891
Volume 8, Number 9: September 1891
Volume 8, Number 10: October 1891
Volume 8, Number 11: November 1891
Volume 8, Number 12: December 1891
V9 Covers (detached from issues in source)
Volume 9 Number 1: Jan 1892
Volume 9 Number 2: Feb 1892
Volume 9 Number 3: Mar 1892
Volume 9 Number 4: Apr 1892
Volume 9 Number 5: May 1892
Volume 9 Number 6: Jun 1892
Volume 9 Number 7: Jul 1892
Volume 9 Number 8: Aug 1892
Volume 9 Number 9: Sep 1892
Volume 9 Number 10: Oct 1892
Volume 9 Number 11: Nov 1892
Volume 9 Number 12: Dec 1892
Volume 10 Covers (detached from issues in source)
Volume 10 Number 1: Jan 1893
Volume 10 Number 2: Feb 1893
Volume 10 Number 3: Mar 1893
Volume 10 Number 4: Apr 1893
Volume 10 Number 5: May 1893
Volume 10 Number 6: June 1893


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