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Interested (yet anonymous) parties—property owners, madams, liquor retailers—published guides to the red-light district almost every year from 1898 until 1915. They were known as “Blue Books.” Advertisements for liquor, beer, and “sure cures” for sexually transmitted diseases were interspersed among descriptions of Storyville’s best bordellos and the names of the prostitutes who worked there.

[Blue Book, undated]

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