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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.

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HIGHLY RATED FRENCH PROSTITUTE, ALICE MAROT ON A WINDOW SILL IN PARIS, FRANCE

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)

Soiled Doves (prostitutes) were the some of the first people to populate and create business in the flourishing towns of the 1800s…..

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The 9 Most Famous Prostitutes In History

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.

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.

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

This was a card given to men to advertise houses of prostitution. When men came into town, they were sneakingly given these kinds of cards at the train station up until the 1930s or so.All cities had houses of prostitution,the women were called "Soiled Doves" in the Victorian era.It was considered "normal" to have these brothels, they paid taxes etc. During the Civil War there was such a huge epidemic of venereal disease that in 1 town the army quarantined the women on a river boat. Biddy…