Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Changing Faces of the French Watch Tower


by Franco

The first issue of the French Watch Tower was printed in October 1903 and was identical to the first issue in Italian. It was called:

"LE PHARE DE LA TOUR DE SION
Messager de la Présence de Christ "


The second number was printed in January 1904 and was thereafter published monthly.  (The Italian edition remained a quarterly).


From the January 1905 issue an "et" was added before "Messager" and "LE" was removed before "PHARE."   It now became:

"PHARE DE LA TOUR DE SION
et
Messager de la Présence de Christ "


This title remained until June 1909. Then in July 1909 it became:

"TOUR DE GARDE
et
Messager de la Présence de Christ "

This had 2/3 different covers. This title was used until December 1912.



In January 1913 the magazine changed its cover again and before the title was added a "LA." It was now called:

"LA TOUR DE GARDE
et
Messager de la prèsence de Christ"

This is the cover design that will be familiar to most readers.



(edited by Jerome)


1 comment:

roberto said...

Jerome and Franco, thanks!