Literature for Boys and Girls, or How Our Children Are Morally Fed.
Wales, James Albert (illus).
New York. Puck (Magazine). 09-02- 1879.
Color centerfold illustration from the humor magazine, 13 1/4 x 20 inches, centrefold as issued. Illustration depicts the devil at work providing a massive inventory of salacious illustrated magazines tailored to young boys and girls enticed to violence-prone yellow journalism. One inset illustration depicts a stern father instructing his sons to keep their bibles in front of them throughout the Sunday afternoon, while an illustration positioned next to this one depicts the sons devouring trashy juvenile mags discretely tucked into the massive bibles. Moral outrage over the pollution of the minds of young people is the in-your-face message. Ten small binding holes visible along the fold at the center of the illustration; otherwise very good clean condition. An engaging 19th century example of righteous outrage over the proliferation of youth-corrupting magazines and "blood and thunder" novels...a subject of enduring apoplectic fury. Item #54765