Whoever sells, lends, gives away, or shows . . . any book, pamphlet, magazine, newspaper, story paper, or other paper devoted to the publication, or principally made up of criminal news, police reports, or accounts of criminal deeds, or pictures and stories of immoral deeds, lust, or crime . . . shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor . . .
Petition Against the ‘Police Gazette’ 1890
The petitioners objected to the racy Police Gazette, believing it corrupted the minds of Americans.
National Archives, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives