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Reverend Elsie Peters communicates church services to her deaf congregation through sign language, Los Angeles, 1936
Date Created and/or Issued
January 19, 1936
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
UCLA Library Special Collections, A1713 Charles E. Young Research Library, Box 951575, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575. Email: Phone: (310) 825-4988
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
Mrs. Elsie Peters and her husband Grover W. are the founders and pastors of a church for the deaf, mute and blind. The churchgoers of the Peters' church can either understand through sign language, reading lips or feeling the hands of the person interpreting the sermons and songs.
Photograph appears with the article, "Signs Used For Prayer," Los Angeles Times, 19 Jan 1936: A1.
Reverend Peters holds her hands above her head in a tier-like shape to demonstrate the word "Heaven" in sign language.
Text from newspaper caption: The word "heaven" here is translated by a gesture symbolic of the earth's azure dome. The sign language may be spoken rapidly as a single pose conveys a whole idea.
Text from negative sleeve: 3656 Rev. Elsie Peters founded, w/husband Grover W. Peters, first full Gospel Church for the Deaf [stamped:] Feb 13 1936
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Deaf persons
Spiritual leaders--California--Los Angeles
Peters, Elsie R., 1898-1965
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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