The Press: Esquire Banned

For two years Frank C. Walker's Post Office Department has had a perfect batting average against magazines it cited, or simply scanned, as obscene: 23 cited; 39 put to the purity test; 62 second-class mail (cheaper rate) privileges revoked or denied. Last week sharp-nosed Postmaster General Walker, setting himself up as the No. 1 judge of what the U.S. public should read and of what it should be denied, personally turned thumbs down on Esquire.

His one-man ruling was not given on the obscenity grounds covered by his court's long hearing (TIME, Nov. 15)....

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