“The men looked like the thieves and the women looked like the whores that many of them were.” Sidney George Fisher, visitor to a Saratoga Hotel 1867


Oh, those polite and pure Victorians . . . not so fast. Check out the archeological finds exposing the daily life of a 19th century Boston prostitute  

and one way in which gentleman found the best whores is New York (at the newsstand). Did they like them smart or sporty?


For further study:

City of Eros: New York City, Prostitution and the Commercialization of Sex

“The Terrible State of Society and Morals . . . in Unhappy New York”
Nineteenth-Century Moralism and the Prostitution Problem