Destroying porn and helping widows at the same time

A man named Thomas Holman was known to have a printing house on the corner of White and Center Streets, in New York, where the Criminal Court Building now appropriately stands. When [prosecutor Anthony] Comstock visited him, Holman kept racks full of [Charles] Spurgeon’s sermons and tracts for free distribution in his office, while within a few feet of these racks, on the other side of a board partition separating the office from his press room, he had just printed the sheets of 10,000 copies of obscene books.

These sheets had been sent to a bindery across Center Street…when Mr. Comstock entered the premises and seized the stock…Mr. Comstock took several tons more of bound books, making about eleven tons in all. And from Holman’s vaults he took almost six tons of stereotyped [printing] plates. The plates were broken up and sold to the Rogers Locomotive Works as old metal.

The books were taken in sealed cases to the Platner and Porter Company Paper Mills of Unionville, Connecticut, where the cases were opened, one at a time, and the contents thrown into large vats of soda ash and ground into pulp in Mr. Comstock’s presence…The proceeds of these sales of metal and paper, more than a thousand dollars, were subsequently turned over to the widow of Jeremiah Farrell.

Quote source

Trumbull, C. in Dix, S., ed. (2013). Outlawed! How Anthony Comstock Fought & Won the Purity of a Nation [ebook]. Location 919-30

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