Pennsylvania State Board of Censors

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This screen was inserted into all films to be shown in Pennsylvania, each with a specific number. This one belonged to Thru Traffic (1935) and was shown as the last frame of the film.

The Pennsylvania State Board of Censors was an organization under the Pennsylvania Department of Education responsible for approving, redacting, or banning motion pictures which it considered "sacrilegious, obscene, indecent, or immoral", or which might pervert morals.


The board was composed of three members, which were appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania.


In 1956 the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled the act which created and provided for the board was unconstitutional, with respect to the Pennsylvania Constitution, and so revoked the mandate for the board's existence.

This scene from The Branding Iron (1920) was cut by the Pennsylvania board, which then banned the film for its topic of infidelity.[1]

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  1. ^ Smith, Frederick James (Oct 1922). "Foolish Censors". Photoplay. New York. 22 (5): 40. Retrieved Dec 3, 2013. 

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