A blog about living in Aberdeen, New Jersey.

Friday, February 17, 2012

History: Clean Literature Ordinance, Keyport (1956)

The Holy Name Society at St Joseph's Church in Keyport tried to get a Clean Literature ordinance passed through the Keyport Council, according to the 9 Feb 1956 edition of The Journal. They hoped to get all the smutty materials off literature racks and from under the counter of stores in town. They issued a White List of smut-free shops and distributed it to parishioners at church so they'd know where to do business.

One shop owner was so offended by the campaign that he bragged he would order more materials for his store, and even special order items that customers requested, just to spite Frank Shea and his Clean Literature Committee. Needless to say, his shop didn't make the White List.


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