Results: Progressing from judgments

“Opinions have changed since the Comstockian days, for a host of famous authors are left in peace as they would have never been ten years ago” --Letter from Herman B. Miller to the New York Times, April 30, 1935.

With famous cases like United States vs. One Book Entitled Ulysses and codes of conduct imposed on entertainment outlets like the movies and radio, the 1930s were a decade full of re-examination of the tendency of art and entertainment to be obscene. Entertainment seekers looked for a means to escape the harsh realities of Depression life, and often this led to the popularization of what was previously deemed inappropriate. The publishing industry underwent a relaxing of standards while movie and radio faced harsher scrutiny. This is a result of the realization of the vaster reach of movies and radio.