Baby Born in Circleville



Original Description:
Amusements, Circleville, Ohio

Photographer: Ben Shahn

United States Farm Security Administration

Excerpts from Today in Civil Liberties History, April 11, 1938:
“Life magazine published 35 photographs from the public health education film, Birth of a  Baby. Some moralist on this day called the pictures ‘obscene.'”

“The film The Birth of a Baby, from which the photographs were taken, was banned in New York, Cincinnati, Omaha, and Lynchburg, Virginia. The New York State censorship board found the film ‘indecent,’ ‘immoral’, and likely ‘to corrupt morals.’ It did, however, approve a special license to show the film for ‘educational purposes,’ but not in ‘places of amusement.'”



From The Birth of a Baby, Iconic Photos


Since 1997 theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of  theatre talks and walks, available for  historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.

The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

Editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.





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