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In March of 1896, the New York Times reported on testimony before the New York State legislature:

“Anthony Comstock said it was time that the Legislature called a halt with reference to the vice which stalked about in the land. In schools the children, he declared, were gaining possession of and poisoning their minds with lewd pictures, which were sold to them for a small amount of money. Particularly was vice rampant since the World’s Fair in Chicago. Since then, he said, it seemed as though it had taken a new lease upon life, and now women prostituted themselves by allowing pictures of themselves to be taken in nude figures. Mr. Comstock then reached into the recesses of a leather bag and took out a package of cigarette pictures. ‘Under the provisions of this bill, we are trying to stop the dissemination of this matter,’ said Mr. Comstock.”

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