The Press: Flood of Trash

Britain's paper-hungry publishers had few magazines of their own to sell. Raising a hue & cry about "cultural invasion" by U.S. magazines, they had persuaded the Government to limit U.S. imports. Now they had invasion jitters over a new menace: they had kept out the good only to be inundated by the bad.

To piece out Britons' starvation diet of reading matter, the Board of Trade had agreed to let in magazines from within the Empire. Through that breach in the cultural ramparts, a trashy flood poured in from Canada. Bookstalls unloaded over 6,000,000 comics, westerns, detectives and sex pulps. The comics,...

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