A scarce occupational c1910s "real photo postcard" photograph, discovered in New Orleans and believed to hail from New Orleans' Storyville red-light district. This real photo postcard was discovered in New Orleans.Although unmarked, save for the number "550" in the negative, I'm told by the estate this rare image is local. Alecia Long, The Great Southern Babylon, Louisiana State Press, 2004.'Storyville' or'The District' from 1897 to 1917 was a vibrant part of New Orleans, full of life, tradition, multiculturalism, and a certain flair that can only be found in the'Crescent City'.
Like most major cities during these times, New Orleans also had an industry of sex workers, and although New Orleans is not unique for having legal prostitution, it was one of if not the most well known places for prostitution in its time. Race was the strongest division in Storyville. Segregation affected both the women and their customers. Black and white women had to occupy separate brothels.
Octoroons and mulattoes, women of mixed race, had their own separate brothels as well. Patrons were also segregated, and black men were forbidden to patronize white brothels or even the most prestigious black brothels. White men were allowed to go to any brothel of their choosing. Even though there were a number of black women working in Storyville throughout its duration, little is known about them. There are no photos of black prostitutes, The separate section of Storyville that was uptown of the original was designated for black women and black male patrons only.
Both sites were created in 1897, but the uptown section was not legalized until 1917 when the city tried to make the downtown Storyville (known as Storyville Proper) for prostitutes of the Caucasian or white race only. There is almost no information on the women there, the conditions they worked in, or how prostitution operated in this separate district something that will hopefully be rectified in the future. Which makes this photograph incredibly scarce and important.While the city did segregate women working as prostitutes from the rest of the population, this has hopefully shown that the women working in Storyville were diverse, fluid, and resilient. As Alecia Long concludes: They worked to define their own space within a community of marginalized people, and did not let society define them. Cheers and best of luck! [Black Americana] [Storyville] [New Orleans] [Segregation] [Prostitution] [Race Relations]. The item "STORYVILLE Occupational Photo NEW ORLEANS African American Black Madams & Money" is in sale since Tuesday, January 12, 2021.
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