tis a pity she  

rm_ArkleBar 51M
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6/29/2006 9:50 am

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8/29/2006 10:38 am

tis a pity she


Thinking purely in the historical vernacular I do believe I've found the precursor to AdultFriendFinder. Indeed this one is not an earlier web site but a guide book first published in London in 1756. Now before anyone goes loopy and believes I'm comparing anyone on this site to an 18th century london prostitute I'm most certainly not, I am however intrigued of the idea of a catalogue that lists people and their sexual peccadilloes as it were.

London, 1757 and for the majority of Georgian London's inhabitants, life was not about tea parties and elegant balls, but rather about avoiding starvation and debtor's prison. In order to survive, ordinary men and women had to earn an existence by any means, even if this included the exploitation of themselves and others.

The Harris's List of Covent Garden Ladies, was born in this climate of necessity. A guidebook to the capital's prostitutes, it was published annually between 1757 and 1795, and was believed to have sold a staggering 250,000 copies in the course of its 38-year print run. However, the List provided more than just a simple catalogue of names and addresses, but rather a witty account of London's ladies of the town.

Each edition contained information about the women who appeared in it, featuring assorted biographical details about their lives, appearances, personalities and of course, their sexual specialities. The List's titillating entries include stories of women such as Miss Kilpin, who offers her favours inside the privacy of hackney carriages, but who is in reality "a married city lady, who takes this method of getting home deficiencies supplied abroad" and Mrs. Horton who, in addition to peddling her affections also, 'Keeps a shop and sells gloves, garters &c'

It's not only the content of the Harris's Lists that sheds a light on the lives and sexual peccadilloes of urban Georgians, as the story of its creation is equally illuminating. The printed version of The Harris's List of Covent Garden Ladies first arrived on booksellers' stalls in 1757 as the brain child of an impoverished Irish poet, Samuel Derrick. Prior to this period it existed as a handwritten manuscript kept in the pocket of the self-proclaimed Pimp-General-of-All-England, Jack Harris (sometimes known as John Harrison). Harris, who worked as the head waiter at the Shakespear's Head Tavern in Covent Garden entered into an agreement which permitted Derrick to use his name on the cover of his publication.

Derrick, who later went on to become Master of the Ceremonies at Bath, was spared from debtor's prison by the success of his work. When he died in 1769, he bequeathed the proceeds of The Harris's List to his former mistress, Charlotte Hayes, who had by then become one of the wealthiest brothel keepers in London. The money that she earned through London's booming flesh trade ultimately bought her two country houses and a collection of residences in Mayfair and Piccadilly, proving the maxim, 'sex sells' to be a perennial one.

Looks like we've all of us been beaten to it by a bunch of long dead 18th century whores. I do rather like that idea

rm_bojwolbxx 59F

6/29/2006 10:31 am

arkle bar,
I enjoyed your "tis a pity she's a whore' and say to you, "tis a precious gift, she"s a whore", worshipped and craved by men thru centuries of oppression. After being on this site for 6 months, and being a "stepford wife", I finally get it. All the tricks of hot sex in the carriage, the titillating gloves and garters sold by Mrs. Horton, so creative, tantalizing and uplifting , showing our human strength, creativity and always desiring hot sex while in bad economic times and debtor's prison (marriage)
At first glance, trying to comprehend what this "adult sex site" was about, I observed how we were prostituting ourselves for attention and pleasures without charging, just like all the pros. Well, you know what they say, the best things in life are free. Well, gotta go,
heading for the Philadelphia Free Library Rare Books Collection. Tah tah, Cordially, bxx sxut


phoenix639 50F

7/7/2006 6:07 am

Great post.

You have done your homework havnt you.


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