Fighting Smut in Van Nuys, 1959


When fighting smut, 58 years ago, it was required to first visit the hairdresser, put on a string of pearls, some earrings and dark lipstick, and select a nice dress with a flattering collar. Only then would your observational and judicial powers come alive to fight that moral blight which arrived in a plain brown envelope.

Source: Valley Times/ LAPL.


October 21, 1959 reads, “Officers of Sierra Cahuenga District Junior Clubwomen read reports by postal authorities on mail-order pornography problem in United States and pledge their organization to help fight ruthless racket. From left are Mmes. I. M. Kenoffel, district president; Edwin Flues, president of Van Nuys Alpha Juniors, and Paul H. Parker, district youth committee chairman.”

(Two of the women are incorrectly identified as “Edwin” and “Paul.)

 

4 thoughts on “Fighting Smut in Van Nuys, 1959

  1. I don’t think “Edwin” and “Paul” are mistakes. Notice the use of “Mmes.” – the women aren’t identified by their own names, instead they’re identified by their husband’s names. Very 1950’s women’s club. By the way, don’t Mmes. Edwin Flues and Paul Parker look like sisters?

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  2. Now there are parts of Van Nuys where you’re cleaning up used condoms and chasing the whores away from turning tricks in parked cars in front of your house. Go figure.

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      1. At least back in the bad old days, condoms weren’t left in the streets!. they were put in the toilets to confuse the fishes in the seas.

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