Thursday, June 08, 2023

Historical Images of Corpus Christi Processions, from Sharon Kabel (Part 1)

For the feast of Corpus Christ, we are grateful once again to the generosity of researcher extraordinaire Sharon Kabel, who has put together this splendid collection of historical images of Corpus Christ processions from a huge range of sources. 

In Africa
Crowd watches Corpus Christi procession in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (at the time, the French colony known as Upper Volta), ca.1900-1930.
(International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860 - ca.1960 (collection), Mission Photographs: Yale Divinity School Library (subcollection), YDS/RG101/007/0000/0036 (file).
Lubumbashi, Congo, ca.1920-40. (IMP/YDS/RG101/045/0000/0098 (file); Ibid.

Corpus Christi procession in Fianarantsoa, Madagascar, ca.1900-1930. (Ibid. YDS/RG101/005/0000/0073 (file).
In Asia
Corpus Christi at Hiroshima, Japan; Southern Cross, July 11, 1947.

Tokyo, Japan, ca. 1920-40
(IMP/YDS/RG101/043/0000/0082 (file), International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960 (collection), Mission Photographs: Yale Divinity School Library (subcollection).

Hanoi, Vietnam
“Hanoi prays as Reds approach city.” (The Catholic times. [volume] (Columbus, Ohio), 16 July 1954. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.

In Europe
Vienna, Austria
(Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek.
Corpus Christi Procession from the parish of the Hofburg palace with the imperial couple, Karl I and Zita. (Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek.

Bayonne, France, ca 1900. (Médiathèque de Bayonne.

France: Corpus Christi procession before Mt Kellerman on the Valmy plateau: press photograph Agence Meurisse, 1916. (;4#)

Corpus Christ Procession in Caen, France; press photograph Agence Rol. 1928. (;2#)

Munich, Germany: (Dickenson County herald. [volume] (Clintwood, Va.), 28 June 1945. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.

Kalosca, Hungary: May 31, 1956. (Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek.

Kalosca, Hungary: undated. Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek.

Rome, Italy: Holy Father in Corpus Christi procession. (The Catholic World in Pictures, 19 June 1950.

Dornberk, Slovenia, 1915. (Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek.

Lucerne, Switzerland “Picturesque procession on Corpus Christi Day, approaching cathedral of Lucerne”, 1903. (

Yugoslavia: The Catholic Transcript, Volume LXVIII, Number 7, 10 June 1965.

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