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January 26, 2011

The Times has a nice piece about a book in the collection of the New York Public Library. It is a guide with “…insights into the character and doings of peoples whose deeds are carefully screened from public view…”, for New York City in 1871. It is a guide to brothels. Hilariously, the authors claim that this is not a guide to establishments servicing the baser desires of men, rather, it helps them steer clear of such places.

But we point out the location of these places in order that the reader may know how to avoid them, and that he may not select one of them for his boarding house when he comes to the City. Our book will, therefore, be like a warning voice to the unwary—like a buoy attached to a sunken rock…

The reviews are great, here’s just one:

Fanny Austin of 15 Watts Street, keeps a quiet, tidy and pleasant house of assignation for gents of leisure who admire the gentler half of creation.

Worth a read.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Fat Al permalink*
    January 26, 2011 5:45 pm

    I like this one:

    “One of the stranger entries was 127 West 26th Street, run by a Madame Buemont. “There is a report of a bear being kept in the cellar but for what reason may be inferred,’’ the book reported.”

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