During the Great Depression, many night clubs became reliant upon prostitutes to stay in business.
Due to racism, it was nearly impossible for an African American woman to find a job.
This made it much more common for prostitutes to be black. In addition to the sheer poverty and desperation found in large cities during the depression women found no other outlet to survive than engaging into prostitution and the Burlesque shows which increased dramatically in American cities during this time. This is a rather rare ephemera grouping from a “lady of the night” which includes her “business” cards and an underground Burlesque schedule brochure for her clients.
It got me to thinking that once used to sleaze down back alleys in America now struts down main street.
That my friend is the real problem.
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Rare Prostitute "Business" Cards with early telephone