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M. E. Church, Sac City, IA

June 11, 2017

Though I’ve discussed this earlier, photographs of the Methodist Episcopal church in Sac City, Iowa afford us an example of the vast differences in the appearance of a church, dependent on so many variables: lighting, the photographer’s vantage point, the condition of the building, and (if it was a lithographed card) the colors chosen by someone who’d never seen the building. These two “real photo” cards (RPPCs to deltiologists like myself).

This Sac City building might easily be mistaken for two different structures — the façades of one so animated with shadow and texture; the other relatively flat and uniform. Then there is the missing spire. And from my perspective as an historian of the Akron-Auditorium, there is the far more obvious presence of an Akron Sunday School in the view showing more of the building’s length.

Information on construction (date, name of architect, etc) is slim, but the nearby Presbyterian church seems to be of about the same date and it’s construction is mentioned in the Improvement Bulletin for 27 January 1900.

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