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Periodical: The Sunflower (NY)

Summary:  From Pat Deveney's database:

Sunflower, The.
An Exponent of the Spiritual Philosophy: Its Science and Allied Subjects / A Weekly Advocate of Spiritualism / Devoted To Progressive, Religious and Scientific Thought, Spiritualism, Hypnotism, Astrology, Palmistry, Theosophy, Psychic Science, Higher Criticism.
1898--1909 Semimonthly, then weekly, then semimonthly again
Chataugua, then Lily Dale, NY, and then Hamburg, NY. Publisher: A. Gaston and F.G. Neelin, and then Sunflower Publishing Co., and then Hamburg Publishing Co. . Editor: W.H. Bach and Evie P. Bach; after September 1907, Frank Walker.
Succeeds: The Cassadagan
1/1 August 20, 1898-1909. 4-16 pp. Fifty cents (then $1.00) a year.

This was individually owned by Bach but functioned as the journal for the Cassadaga Camp meeting and community at Lily Dale, New York, replacing The Cassadagan. The advertisement for the journal in The Free Man, August 1901, says that was "devoted to Progressive Religious and Scientific Thought, Spiritualism, Hypnotism, Astrology, Palmistry, Theosophy, Psychic Science, Higher Criticism." The list varied, with the masthead for 1904 adding "metaphysics" and omitting "Theosophy," but the amalgam that spiritualism had become was clear to all and was reflected in the articles and the advertisements. Over time, the journal contained fewer and fewer contributions by the surviving prominent spiritualists and devoted itself to reports on the doings of the spiritualist associations around the United States (rarely abroad), especially Lily Dale, and the happenings at the summer camps, with everything being padded with "filler" of interesting and curious events from the secular press. There were occasional transcribed messages of comfort from the departed, but the "Spirit Message Department" early on disappeared from the journal's pages, and it no longer presented rosters and schedules of traveling mediums ready to bring the good news to the small towns of America. Most notable in comparing the journal's offerings with, for example, the early issues of the Banner of Light reveals a stark decline in enthusiasm for spiritualism as a wonderful, comforting blessing and the vanguard of the progress of humanity. Also, unlike its predecessors, the pages were largely devoid of controversy over theoretical points, as believers became reconciled to the contradictions and frauds that plagued the movement and did not care enough to debate the issues. The journal regularly ran articles like George W. Kates, "The Situation," in 1907, which bemoaned the passing of the heyday of the movement and tried to present remedies (like educating the children in spiritualism) to restore the movement. Spiritualism as portrayed in the journal was largely an inherited belief and of little interest except to those involved in the politics of the movement's organizations. The most interesting feature of the journal is its advertisements, which presented the seamier side of phenomenal spiritualism and fringe healing.

The history of the camp and its newspapers is given by Bach in his A Hisory of Cassadaga Camp, printed as a premium for the Sunflower in 1899. NY State Library; SUNY, Fredonia, microfilm; LOC; NSAC, Lily Dale; Skidmore, Lily Dale (1904-1906); Cattaraugus County Historical Society.

Issues:Sunflower V4 N25 Mar 15 1900
Sunflower V4 N27 Apr 15 1900
Sunflower V4 N32 Jul 1 1900
Sunflower V4 N33 Jul 15 1900
Sunflower V4 N34 Aug 1 1900
Sunflower V4 N35 Aug 15 1900
Sunflower V5 N37 Sep 15 1900
Sunflower V5 N39 Oct 15 1900
Sunflower V5 N41 Nov 15 1900
Sunflower V5 N42 Dec 1 1900
Sunflower V5 N44 Jan 1 1901
Sunflower V5 N44 Jan 1 1901 Light
Sunflower V5 N45 Jan 15 1901
Sunflower V5 N45 Jan 15 1901 Light
Sunflower V5 N46 Feb 1 1900 Light
Sunflower V5 N46 Feb 1 1901
Sunflower V6 N47 Feb 15 1901
Sunflower V6 N47 Feb 15 1901 Light
Sunflower V6 N48 Mar 1 1901
Sunflower V6 N48 Mar 1 1901 Light
Sunflower V6 N49 Mar 15 1901
Sunflower V6 N49 Mar 15 1901 Light
Sunflower V6 N50 Apr 1 1901
Sunflower V6 N51 Apr 15 1901 Partial
Sunflower V6 N52 May 1 1901
Sunflower V6 N52 May 1 1901 Light
Sunflower V6 N53 May 15 1901
Sunflower V6 N53 May 15 1901 Light
Sunflower V6 N54 Jun 1 1901
Sunflower V6 N54 Jun 1 1901 Light
Sunflower V6 N55 Jun 15 1901
Sunflower V6 N55 Jun 15 1901 Light
Sunflower V6 N56 Jul 1 1901
Sunflower V6 N56 Jul 1 1901 Light
Sunflower V6 N57 Jul 15 1901
Sunflower V6 N57 Jul 15 1901 Light
Sunflower V6 N58 Aug 1 1901
Sunflower V6 N59 Aug 15 1901
Sunflower V7 N60 Sep 1 1901
Sunflower V7 N60 Sep 1 1901 Light
Sunflower V7 N62 Oct 1 1901
Sunflower V7 N63 Oct 15 1901
Sunflower V7 N64 Nov 1 1901
Sunflower V7 N65 Nov 15 1901
Sunflower V7 N66 Dec 1 1901
Sunflower V7 N66 Dec 1 1901 Partial
Sunflower V7 N67 Dec 15 1901
Sunflower V7 N68 Jan 1 1902
Sunflower V7 N69 Jan 15 1902
Sunflower V7 N70 Feb 1 1902
Sunflower V8 N71 Feb 15 1902
Sunflower V8 N72 Mar 1 1902
Sunflower V8 N73 Mar 15 1902
Sunflower V8 N74 Apr 1 1902
Sunflower V8 N75 Apr 15 1902
Sunflower V8 N76 May 1 1902
Sunflower V8 N77 May 15 1902
Sunflower V8 N78 Jun 1 1902
Sunflower V8 N79 Jun 15 1902
Sunflower V8 N80 Jul 1 1902
Sunflower V9 N81 Jul 15 1902
Sunflower V9 N82 Aug 1 1902
Sunflower V9 N83 Aug 15 1902
Sunflower V9 N84 Sep 1 1902
Sunflower V9 N85 Sep 15 1902
Sunflower V9 N86 Oct 1 1902
Sunflower V9 N87 Oct 15 1902
Sunflower V9 N88 Nov 1 1902
Sunflower V9 N89 Nov 15 1902
Sunflower V9 N90 Dec 1 1902
Sunflower V9 N91 Dec 15 1902
Sunflower V9 N92 Jan 3 1903
Sunflower V9 N93 Jan 10 1903
Sunflower V9 N94 Jan 17 1903
Sunflower V9 N95 Jan 24 1903
Sunflower V9 N96 Jan 31 1903
Sunflower V9 N97 Feb 7 1903
Sunflower V9 N98 Feb 14 1903
Sunflower V10 N99 Feb 21 1903
Sunflower V10 N100 Feb 28 1903
Sunflower V10 N101 Mar 7 1903
Sunflower V10 N102 Mar 14 1903
Sunflower V10 N103 Mar 21 1903
Sunflower V10 N104 Mar 28 1903
Sunflower V10 N105 Apr 4 1903
Sunflower V10 N106 Apr 11 1903
Sunflower V10 N108 Apr 25 1903
Sunflower V10 N109 May 2 1903
Sunflower V10 N110 May 9 1903
Sunflower V10 N111 May 16 1903
Sunflower V10 N112 May 23 1903
Sunflower V10 N113 May 30 1903
Sunflower V10 N114 Jun 6 1903
Sunflower V10 N115 Jun 13 1903
Sunflower V10 N116 Jun 20 1903
Sunflower V10 N117 Jun 27 1903
Sunflower V10 N118 Jul 4 1903
Sunflower V10 N119 Jul 11 1903
Sunflower V10 N120 Jul 18 1903
Sunflower V10 N122 Aug 1 1903
Sunflower V10 N123 Aug 8 1903
Sunflower V11 N124 Aug 15 1903 Partial
Sunflower V11 N125 Aug 22 1903
Sunflower V11 N126 Aug 29 1903 Partial
Sunflower V11 N127 Sep 5 1903
Sunflower V11 N128 Sep 12 1903
Sunflower V11 N129 Sep 19 1903 Partial
Sunflower V11 N130 Sep 26 1903 Partial
Sunflower V11 N131 Oct 3 1903
Sunflower V11 N132 Oct 10 1903 Partial
Sunflower V11 N133 Oct 17 1903 Partial
Sunflower V11 N134 Oct 24 1903
Sunflower V11 N135 Oct 31 1903
Sunflower V11 N136 Nov 7 1903
Sunflower V11 N137 Nov 14 1903
Sunflower V11 N138 Nov 21 1903
Sunflower V11 N139 Nov 28 1903
Sunflower V11 N140 Dec 5 1903
Sunflower V11 N141 Dec 12 1903
Sunflower V11 N144 Jan 2 1904
Sunflower V11 N145 Jan 9 1904
Sunflower V11 N146 Jan 16 1904
Sunflower V11 N147 Jan 23 1904
Sunflower V11 N148 Jan 30 1904
Sunflower V11 N149 Feb 6 1904
Sunflower V12 N150 Feb 13 1904
Sunflower V12 N151 Feb 20 1904
Sunflower V12 N152 Feb 27 1904
Sunflower V12 N153 Mar 5 1904
Sunflower V12 N154 Mar 12 1904
Sunflower V12 N155 Mar 19 1904
Sunflower V12 N156 Mar 26 1904
Sunflower V12 N157 Apr 2 1904
Sunflower V12 N158 Apr 9 1904
Sunflower V12 N159 Apr 16 1904
Sunflower V12 N160 Apr 23 1904
Sunflower V12 N161 Apr 30 1904
Sunflower V12 N163 May 14 1904
Sunflower V12 N164 May 21 1904
Sunflower V12 N165 May 28 1904
Sunflower V12 N166 Jun 4 1904
Sunflower V12 N167 Jun 11 1904
Sunflower V12 N168 Jun 18 1904
Sunflower V12 N169 Jun 25 1904
Sunflower V12 N170 Jul 2 1904
Sunflower V12 N171 Jul 9 1904
Sunflower V12 N172 Jul 16 1904
Sunflower V12 N173 Jul 23 1904
Sunflower V12 N174 Jul 30 1904
Sunflower V12 N175 Aug 6 1904
Sunflower V12 N176 Aug 13 1904
Sunflower V12 N177 Aug 20 1904
Sunflower V12 N178 Aug 27 1904
Sunflower V12 N179 Sep 3 1904
Sunflower V12 N180 Sep 10 1904
Sunflower V12 N182 Sep 24 1904
Sunflower V13 N183 Oct 1 1904
Sunflower V13 N184 Oct 8 1904
Sunflower V13 N185 Oct 15 1904
Sunflower V13 N186 Oct 22 1904
Sunflower V13 N187 Oct 29 1904
Sunflower V13 N188 Nov 5 1904
Sunflower V13 N189 Nov 12 1904
Sunflower V13 N190 Nov 19 1904
Sunflower V13 N191 Nov 26 1904
Sunflower V13 N192 Dec 3 1904
Sunflower V13 N193 Dec 10 1904
Sunflower V13 N194 Dec 17 1904
Sunflower V13 N195 Dec 24 1904
Sunflower V13 N197 Jan 7 1905
Sunflower V13 N198 Jan 14 1905
Sunflower V13 N200 Jan 28 1905
Sunflower V13 N201 Feb 4 1905
Sunflower V14 N202 Feb 11 1905
Sunflower V14 N203 Feb 18 1905
Sunflower V14 N204 Feb 25 1905
Sunflower V14 N205 Mar 4 1905
Sunflower V14 N206 Mar 11 1905
Sunflower V14 N207 Mar 18 1905
Sunflower V14 N208 Mar 25 1905
Sunflower V14 N209 Apr 1 1905
Sunflower V14 N210 Apr 8 1905
Sunflower V14 N211 Apr 15 1905
Sunflower V14 N212 Apr 22 1905
Sunflower V14 N213 Apr 29 1905
Sunflower V14 N214 May 6 1905
Sunflower V14 N215 May 13 1905
Sunflower V14 N216 May 20 1905
Sunflower V14 N217 May 27 1905
Sunflower V14 N218 Jun 3 1905
Sunflower V14 N219 Jun 10 1905
Sunflower V14 N221 Jun 24 1905
Sunflower V14 N222 Jul 1 1905
Sunflower V14 N223 Jul 8 1905
Sunflower V14 N224 Jul 15 1905
Sunflower V14 N225 Jul 22 1905
Sunflower V14 N226 Jul 29 1905
Sunflower V14 N227 Aug 5 1905
Sunflower V14 N228 Aug 12 1905
Sunflower V14 N229 Aug 19 1905
Sunflower V14 N230 Aug 26 1905
Sunflower V14 N231 Sep 2 1905
Sunflower V15 N232 Sep 9 1905
Sunflower V15 N233 Sep 16 1905
Sunflower V15 N234 Sep 23 1905
Sunflower V15 N235 Sep 30 1905
Sunflower V15 N236 Oct 7 1905
Sunflower V15 N237 Oct 14 1905
Sunflower V15 N238 Oct 21 1905
Sunflower V15 N239 Oct 28 1905
Sunflower V15 N240 Nov 4 1905
Sunflower V15 N241 Nov 11 1905
Sunflower V15 N242 Nov 18 1905
Sunflower V15 N243 Nov 25 1905
Sunflower V15 N244 Dec 2 1905
Sunflower V15 N245 Dec 9 1905
Sunflower V15 N246 Dec 16 1905
Sunflower V15 N247 Dec 23 1905
Sunflower V15 N248 Dec 30 1905
Sunflower V15 N249 Jan 6 1906
Sunflower V15 N250 Jan 13 1906
Sunflower V15 N251 Jan 20 1906
Sunflower V15 N252 Jan 27 1906
Sunflower V15 N253 Feb 3 1906
Sunflower V15 N254 Feb 10 1906
Sunflower V16 1906 Partial
Sunflower V17 1906 Partial
Sunflower V18 1907 Partial
Sunflower V19 N1 Sep 7 1907
Sunflower V19 N2 Sep 14 1907
Sunflower V19 N3 Sep 21 1907
Sunflower V19 N4 Sep 28 1907
Sunflower V19 N5 Oct 5 1907
Sunflower V19 N6 Oct 12 1907
Sunflower V19 N7-8 Oct 19-26 1907
Sunflower V19 N9 Nov 2 1907
Sunflower V19 N10 Nov 9 1907
Sunflower V19 N11 Nov 16 1907
Sunflower V19 N12 Nov 23 1907
Sunflower V19 N13 Nov 30 1907
Sunflower V19 N14 Dec 7 1907
Sunflower V19 N15 Dec 14 1907
Sunflower V19 N16 Dec 28 1907
Sunflower V19 N17 Jan 4 1908
Sunflower V19 N18 Jan 11 1908
Sunflower V19 N19 Jan 18 1908
Sunflower V19 N20 Jan 25 1908
Sunflower V19 N21 Feb 1 1908

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