Victorian London - Crime - Pornography - photographs in shop windows

IN THE INTEREST OF MORALITY the activity of the Society for the Suppression of Vice may be commended for having during the past year prosecuted a number at venders of indecent books, prints, and photographs, and destroyed their noisome merchandise. Could not the society spare a little time to direct attention to the shameless displays of indecent photographs - the likenesses of immodest stage dancers, notorious actresses, and gross posturantes - which attract numbers of boys and girls to the windows of stationers and printshops in the large thoroughfares of London. The exhibition of immoral or indecent pictures, for which one or two disreputable publications have been prosecuted, has been far less offensive to the public sense of propriety than these frames full of fleshly suggestiveness that are exposed by respectable tradesmen, some of whom, we are given to understand, do quite a snug private business in similar but still worse examples of photographic art, which are kept out of general view in the dim recesses of the back shop. Where are the police, and where the officers of the S.F.T.S.O.V. ?

The Penny Illustrated Paper, 13 July, 1872