As shown in these cartoons, 1913 was a year in which puritanical America looked at all forms of theater — Vaudeville and silent cinema — as sources of sin, moral decay, and danger.
Above, from when America had a patchwork of local censor boards, controlling movies, books, publications, and shows could be shown or sold within their towns and cities, cartoon by Ole May, depicting the kind of movies (on the billboards behind the cop), that the local censor boards would like to see in theaters. From the February 1913 issue of Cartoons Magazine.
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Above, by Boardman Robinson, from February 1913, a stage actress collecting her paycheck, in The wages of sin is — among other things — cash.
Beneath, Robert Minor, Jr. (from March 1913).
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