The Flash Press

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The Flash Press: Sporting Male Weeklies in 1840s New York written by Patricia Cline Cohen, Timothy J. Gilfoyle, and Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, in association with The American Antiquarian Society, delves into the sexual underground of 1840s New York City.

The Flash Press looks at the following Sporting Male Weeklies that were found in New York between 1841-1843:
~ The Flash (The Sunday Flash)
~ The Libertine
~ The Weekly Rake
~ The Whip

These newspapers were considered to be "obscene, libidinous, loathsome, and lascivious." The Flash Press takes a look at why these newspapers were considered to be so obscene. It also explores the individuals that these papers targeted: where they lived, where they worked and what was the appeal to purchasing these newspapers?

The introduction offers an overview of how The American Antiquarian Society came into possession of the newspapers, and how Cohen, Gilfoyle and Horowitz came to research the newspapers and author The Flash Press.


See The University of Chicago Press Books retrieved 31 March 2011
See The New York Times retrieved 31 March 2011

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