Maggs Bros Ltd

Blue Book.

NEW ORLEANS ; PROSTITUTION  (1913.)

£2750.00 

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A very good copy in publisher's pale blue wrappers, a little toned with some minor wear to extremities. 12mo. 96pp. Thomas C. Anderson, c.

An excellent copy of this infamous pocket directory to the borellos, madams, and other red-light entrepreneurs of New Orleans' Storyville district at the beginning of the twentieth century. Established in 1897, Storyville's 38 square blocks were designated by police as the official red-light zone so that such illegal activities might be better monitored.

The Blue Book was essentially a tour guide to prostitution for travellers seeking out the neighbourhood's amenities. Published anonymously by principal advertiser/restaurateur Tom Anderson and compiled by Billy Struve (manager of Anderson's Annex Cafe), the guides could be purchased for 25 cents in barbershops, saloons, and railway stations. Organised principally by race, it is then broken down alphabetically with names and addresses of white, octoroon and black prostitutes. This information is interleaved with full-page advertisements for bars, restaurants and courtesans, as well as whiskey, cigars and candy.

The guide was regularly updated between 1909 and 1915 and sixteen variants have been identified. The advertisements in this copy suggest that it was published no later than 1913.

 

Stock Code: 224897