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    The courtesan Nancy Parsons as she appeared in Town and Country Magazine. Her image was one in a series of portraits of celebrated 18th-century beauties.

    Bellocq: Storyville Portraits, Storyville,New Orleans Red light district. John Bellocq (1873 – 1949) was an American professional photographer who worked in New Orleans during the early 20th century. Bellocq is remembered for his haunting photographs of the prostitutes of Storyville, New Orleans’ legalized red light district.

    Chinese Courtesans/Geisha

    Alice Marot, a high class prostitute who appeared in “The Pretty Women of Paris”, a privately printed guide to Paris’s best courtesans and prostitutes. Photographed by M. M. Benque, a well known celebrity photographer.

    18th-century French courtesan Rosalie Duthe, history's original "dumb blonde." (Wikimedia Commons)

    Cora Pearl (1835–July 8, 1886), born Emma Elizabeth Crouch was a 19th century courtesan of the French demimonde, who enjoyed her greatest celebrity during the period of the Second French Empire.

    Lulu was one of the staples of the New Orleans red light scene in the early 1900s. She wasn’t just a prostitute, she was an entrepreneur. She ran the most successful brothel in town, Mahogany Hall, and she only spent her nights with the most powerful men. Like a real dame.

    Caroline Otero, one of the most famous courtesans of late 19th-century Paris

    LIANE DE POUGY was a Folies Bergères dancer renowned as one of Paris's most beautiful and notorious courtesans.

    Catherine Walters The Last Victorian Courtesan

    Prostitute of the 1880's