Growing up in a huge metropolitan city, I’m no stranger to the back pages of the weekly free papers that had ads for scantily clad ladies who offered dates and massages, discreetly of course. Whether it was NYC’s Village Voice, Toronto’s NOW or some other city, many a pre-teen day was spent hiding away checking out these listings out of sheer curiosity. Then, the internet happened, and it all moved online. But, I bet you’d never guess that classified listings for prostitutes, escorts and sexual services are almost 200 years old? I didn’t know.
Back in the days where cities were growing rapidly in the late 18th and early 19th century, thousands of people flocked to urban zones, and they all needed entertaining. They also needed some sort of guidebook to where the best times (and best women) were hiding.
Looks like our great-grandparents and their parents, might have liked to get more freaky than we’d suspect.