violet if you are blond, ruby red if you are brunette.

these are just a few screencaps from the documentary Storyville: The Naked Dance which you can stream on netflix instant here. i stumbled across it last night when my attempts to watch Pretty Baby online (and probably illegally) failed. i've always had an intense fascination with turn of the century prostitutes and red light districts; the dirty jazz, the velvet walled whorehouses, the glamour and darkness of it all. this documentary was a quick fix until i can delve into my obsession further with books like Upstairs Girls: Prostitution in the American West and Bellocq: Photographs from Storyville, the Red-Light District of New Orleans as recommended by Maja.

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