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“To the sickening details of loathsome crimes, the foul advertisements brazenly displayed in some of the daily papers, and the wanton illustrations that appear in some of our weekly illustrated papers, must be added the nefarious practice of cigarette and other manufacturers, who resort to the degrading custom of giving away pictures, where women are denuded of their proper apparel, and made to bid for the moral purity of the youth of this land, as a means of advertising.”

— Anthony Comstock in “True Art Is Pure,” New York Press, March 22, 1891

Note: The “Occupations for Women” series of trading cards was issued by Goodwin & Company in 1887 to promote Old Judge and Dog’s Head cigarettes. The Metropolitan Museum of Art owns all 50 cards in the series.


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