Dutch city fears loss of pornography archive

AMSTERDAM (AP) -The municipal pornography archive in the Dutch
city of Leeuwarden is missing and officials fear it may be gone for
good.
Spokesman Erik Krikke of the city's historical center said the
archive - which contained photos, drawings and erotic texts with a
connection to the city - may have been taken home "accidentally"
by an employee or visitor.
"We're hoping that someone will say 'Hey, I have that in my
attic' and bring it back," he said Thursday. "No questions
asked."
Krikke said the collection was small enough to have fit in a
moving box.
Mayor Ferd Crone of Leeuwarden, 87 miles (140 kilometers) north
of Amsterdam, told local media he had been unaware of the
collection's existence and was surprised it was gone.
Krikke said the bulk of the archive had been assembled by a
"fanatic" curator at the historical center, mostly during the
1960s and '70s. Items such as pictures by local photographers and
artists would be difficult or impossible to replace.
The collection included a copy of the rare February 1998 edition
of Dutch Playboy, Krikke said. It featured girls from each of 11
Dutch cities along the route of the country's most beloved ice
skating race, the Elfstedentocht. One of those girls was from
Leeuwarden.
Asked whether he thought it was unusual for the town to have a
pornography collection, Krikke said "yes" - and that made the
loss greater.
"Actually, we don't have one anymore," he said.


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