1957 August 16

Stamford, Connecticut, Launches Anti-Obscene Magazine Campaign


The police chief of Stamford, Connecticut, sent a letter to about 100 newspaper and magazine retailers directing them to remove “obscene” magazines immediately or face arrest and a fine. The chief had a list of allegedly obscene magazines being sold in the city, which was compiled by a single police officer who used his personal judgment in evaluating magazines.

Learn more: Nadine Strossen, Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight For Women’s Rights (1995)

Learn more at the National Coalition Against Censorship here.

Learn more about the fight against censorship in the 1950s and 1960s: Charles Rembar, The End of Obscenity: The Trials of Lady Chatterley, Tropic of Cancer and Fanny Hill (1968)

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