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The 1950s and early 1960s were the Golden Age of the Québecois journal jaune, the small-sized newspaper which took the emphasis on crime characteristic of Allo Police or Police Journal (Quebec crime papers) and embedded it within a broader constellation of themes involving public morality, changing values, and muckraking exposé. In their heightened attention to a culture marked by real or alleged transgressions of moral standards, these publications participated in a distinct construction of a new Québecois modernity. Scholarship on these papers has come almost exclusively, to date, from gay/lesbian historians, who have traced the dual role of the journaux jaunes in fueling morality campaigns against homosexuality and in offering clues as to the spatial organization of gay/lesbian communities during the 1950s and 1960s .
The journaux jaunes born —and, in most cases, discontinued— during the 1950s include such titles as Montréal-Confidential, Can-Can, Tabou, Ici Montréal, and Crime et sensation. By the late 1960s, the journaux jaunes had split into two more specialized kinds of papers: the celebrity-focused tabloid paper, on the one hand, and the pornographic sex paper.
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