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ANTHONY COMSTOCK - AUTOGRAPH CIRCA 1884 - HFSID 17793

ANTHONY COMSTOCK Ink signature on a small card, obtained in New York in 1984 Signature: "Anthony Comstock", 3¼x2 card. Ink note (unknown hand) at lower left: "New York City/August 29, 1884". Anthony Comstock (1844-1915) headed the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice.

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ANTHONY COMSTOCK
Ink signature on a small card, obtained in New York in 1984
Signature: "Anthony Comstock", 3¼x2 card. Ink note (unknown hand) at lower left: "New York City/August 29, 1884". Anthony Comstock (1844-1915) headed the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice. This self-declared "weeder in God's garden," was a crusader for Victorian values. He was largely responsible for Congressional passage of what became known as the Comstock Law (1873), prohibiting mail or print transmission of anything deemed "obscene, lewd or lascivious." At the height of Comstock's considerable influence, obscene materials were defined to include birth control information, marriage manuals, and even in some cases anatomy textbooks. The US Post Office made Comstock a special agent with police powers, and he boasted of his responsibility for 4,000 arrests, 15 suicides, and the destruction of 15 tons of books. He carried on a war of words with playwright George Bernard Shaw, whom he called a "smut dealer." Soiled. Ink smudged at "A" of signature.

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