The Press: Slamming the Door

Up to a housewife's door in Alexandria, La. one day in 1949 stepped Magazine Salesman Jack H. Breard to sell combination subscriptions to several magazines (Saturday Evening Post, Newsweek and Ladies Home Journal). But Breard was really trying to get arrested, to test a city ordinance forbidding door-to-door visits without prior permission of householders. Obligingly, Alexandria's police arrested Salesman Breard, and he was ordered to pay a $25 fine or go to jail for 30 days.

Three associations, representing door-to-door sellers of everything from Fuller Brushes to encyclopedias, joined with Breard to appeal his case, since the law dealt a heavy blow...

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