Blue Book
Blue Book
Blue Book
Blue Book

Blue Book

[New Orleans]: Publisher not identified, n.d. [probably 1911-1912]. Paperback. [96]p. Disbound (removed from a bound volume) with brown backing on backstrip and later stitch marks visible). Original front and back covers of this rare little paperback are still present. Also present is the blue buckram binding into which this had been bound in 1953. Upper corner reinforced on one leaf. According to Heartman's "The Blue Book" (1936), our copy appears to be the edition for 1911-1912 although no date or edition number is present. According to Heartman the advertisements for a drug store, taxi service, bath house, piano tuner, candy shop and laundry were added to this edition. 22 establishments are described. Heartman counts 22 landladies, 308 white girls, 231 "coloured" girls and 7 "octoroons". 9 cabarets are listed, (7 white, 2 "coloured"). The "Blue Books" are prized artifacts from the sex trade that operated legally within a municipally-defined "red light district" (popularly called Storyville) in New Orleans between 1897 and 1917. Numerous editions were published. All are now extremely scarce. None of the women were pictured -- they were divided into three separate lists by racial identity and listed by address and name. Very Good. Item #86795

Price: $1,500.00

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