Sex Book Finally Returned To New York Library 54 Years Later

Todd-Spence by Todd-Spence on Aug. 01, 2014

Inside the book, an old stamp reads "Due: August 17th, 1959"

This was 54 years ago, when a New York man had checked out the scandalous sex manual "Ideal Marriage: Its Physiology and Technique" from the New York Public LIbrary. Scandalous as far as 1950's standards are concerned, with sexuality not being as open as it is now. The library's staff was curious if the man hadn't returned the book because he was simply too embarassed. One, because of the lateness and two, because of the subject matter.

Ideal Marriage is a scientific instruction manual for sexual activity written in 1926 by TH. H. Van De Velde, M.D.  In today's terms, that's like Pornhub for 1959

But who was it that had the book in the first place? And why for so long??  According to the library, the book's owner for the last 54 years had recently passed away, until the book was found by his brother-in-law. Upon discovering the Library's information and past due date on the inside, he mailed the book back to the New York Public Library from Arizona.

The library staff said they were surprised to see the book get returned at all, but mainly felt sorry for the guy because he was clearly desperate for help. The more interesting part though is the note that was inside the book found upon its return.

The note reads: "We found this book amongst my late brother-in-law's things. Funny thing is the book didn't support his efforts with his first (and only) marriage. It failed! No wonder he hid the book! So sorry!!  -A shocked-in-law"


source: NYPL

puppetshow User


Well, let me tell you something, funny boy. Y'know that little stamp,

the one that says "New York Public Library"? Well that may not mean

anything to you, but that means a lot to me. One whole hell of a lot.

Sure, go ahead, laugh if you want to. I've seen your type before:

Flashy, making the scene, flaunting convention. Yeah, I know what you're

thinking. What's this guy making such a big stink about old library

books? Well, let me give you a hint, junior. Maybe we can live without

libraries, people like you and me. Maybe. Sure, we're too old to change

the world, but what about that kid, sitting down, opening a book, right

now, in a branch at the local library and finding drawings of pee-pees

and wee-wees on the Cat in the Hat and the Five Chinese Brothers?

Doesn't HE deserve better? Look. If you think this is about overdue

fines and missing books, you'd better think again. This is about that

kid's right to read a book without getting his mind warped! Or: maybe

that turns you on, Seinfeld; maybe that's how y'get your kicks. You and

your good-time buddies. Well I got a flash for ya, joy-boy: Party time

is over. Y'got seven days, Seinfeld. That is one week!

Ontarioguy User

The library is suing the estate for $6.8million in overdue fees.

nickhar User

Sooooooo who pays the $1003.70 in late fees?  

detocquevi11e User

That's ex-TV host Ed Muscare who you used in the pic who passed away a couple yrs ago.  Used to watch him after school on "41 Treehouse Lane".

ObamasPubes User

Ya... Because we are so open to sex and nudity in the US. That was a joke right?