“Storyville” Red light district at the start of the 20th century. Seated woman wearing striped stockings, drinking “Raleigh” Rye.
The image has been taken from the Public Domain here and I have digitally enhanced the original photograph for use on a tee.
Storyville was the prostitution district of New Orleans, Louisiana, from 1897 through 1917.
Locals usually simply referred to the area as The District. The nickname Storyville was in reference to city alderman Sidney Story, who wrote the legislation setting up the district. It was bounded by Iberville, Basin, St. Louis, and Robertson streets. Most of this former district is now occupied by the Iberville Housing Projects, two blocks inland from the French Quarter.
One of the few surviving buildings from Storyville, 2005 photograph. 100 years earlier, the “New Image Supermarket” building housed Frank Early’s saloon, where Tony Jackson regularly played.The District was set up to limit prostitution to one area of town where authorities could monitor and regulate the practice. In the late 1890s, the New Orleans city government studied the legalized red light districts of northern German and Dutch ports and set up Storyville based on such models. Between 1895 and 1915, “blue books” were published in Storyville. These books were guides to prostitution for visitors to the district’s services including house descriptions, prices, particular services and the “stock” each house had to offer. The Storyville blue-books were inscribed with the motto: “Order of the Garter: Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense (Shame to Him Who Evil Thinks.)”