‘Sporting Guide’ of various houses of ill repute

Thanks to BoingBoing and the Internet Archive for this amazing find!

“The Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of union civil war veterans, held its annual encampment in Louisville in 1895. This ‘Sporting Guide’ advertises the various houses of ill repute wishing to “entertain” the visitors coming to town for the event.”

Click the image below for the entire brochure of various Louisville bordellos and their star ‘attractions.’



This year, as the campaign grew to its most monstrous, the rights of women and their bodies were put on the line by a cadre of men who believed it was high time we ceased having those rights, and the right to ask for more! Women across the Nation knew that their vote was more important than ever before–and we made our voices heard!

Despite the brave efforts of history’s women and their fight to give us that vote, many pieces of propaganda floated around showing the ‘dangers’ of their venture. Here’s an Anti-Sufferage postcard from the Palczewski Postcard Archive, illustrating the utter chaos and topsy-turvy world many men believed would transpire if we got our way.

Silly men.

Click the Image for the full article, and be sure to visit the Palczewski Postcard Archive for their collection!

HT to @mattlodder!

Sharp stuff

From the mighty fine wrapper collection of Tutto Lamette.

Letterology posts:

Before the rise of the disposable razor, manufacturers of razor blades had to find visible means to attract consumers to their small packages as brand loyalty was quite uncommon. A clever name and design would capture the consumer’s attention, but color and typography also had to play an enormous role. In the book Design Literacy, Steven Heller writes, “many of these razor wrappers were anonymously designed by commercial artists in printing plants that specialized in this and other forms of packaging”. These highly-skilled razor wrapper artists from nations around the world, left us a very rich legacy of miniature design and typography materials, and the enormous influence of their early 20th Century artworks cannot be measured by size alone.     

FASCINATING! Click the photo for more lovely ephemera.