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    Amy Laskowski

    Amy Laskowski is a senior writer at Boston University. She is always hunting for interesting, quirky stories around BU and helps manage and edit the work of BU Today’s interns. She did her undergrad at Syracuse University and earned a master’s in journalism at the College of Communication in 2015. Profile

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There are 12 comments on A Brothel Reveals Its Secrets

  1. I’m puzzled by the part described as a component to a “Colt 1870 Sabre” pistol. Colt did make a few prototype pistols with a blade or bayonet, but none ever entered production, and these were circa 1831-35. If Colt made subsequent bladed pistols, they are unknown to collectors (at least within my fairly substantial library).

    It might behoove the authors to send the part, or documents, to Colt for authentication.

  2. My father actually works for JMA, and he was the one who led the team who excavated the privy after hours. Thanks for writing this story and reminding him of what a great thing he did!

  3. Great story — I am a Genealogist searching my Irish Immigrant Ancestors who settled in this general area beginning in the early 1850’s — It is very interesting for me to be able to add a sense of what the area was like back then.


  4. This was very interesting to me as I am working on editing a journal written during the mid-1800s by a man who frequented brothels in Boston, contracted the clap there and when cured, visited a brothel at 7 Endicott St. where he bought $3 worth of capotes and “gave $2 to try one and it worked like a charm.” I wondered where No. 7 Endicott St. was because he didn’t mention Boston specifically, and now know. The fact that the brothel sold capotes is further evidence that the girls tried to prevent pregnancy and VD.

  5. I love the perspective of this article: trying to disprove a stereotype. This is also just great evidence that it should NOT be illegal in Boston for sororities to have houses!!! That law is outdated anyways.

  6. Hi!
    Could the person who said “editing a journal written during the mid-1800s by a man who frequented brothels in Boston,” please contact me? I’d love to hear more about this as I’m researching the Boston red light district.

    I think you responded anonymously, or at least, I’m unable to get any contact info for you.

    You can reach me at angel.leigh.mccoy on gmail.


  7. Very interesting,especially the toilet/garbage receptical part. I did not know they did such. Howevermaking a living?? -call it what it is- prostitution, especially brothels are a choice, although it it may have sometimes been a choice between street walking and a warm place to sell your body. If there were few or no sorry bastards in this world to help the prostitution tradethrough patronization and more decent people that devote their lives to helping others, in many cases supporting orphanages, halfway houses, etc or helping poor families with fairly priced goods and modest profit margin goals in lie of greed- fewer prostitutes, leads to fewer street criminal kidsgrowing up and continuing the vicious cycle. We reap what we sow- sow corruptly reap corruption. Victimization of the poor and those who are easy,trusting targets is tantamount to robbery- no wonder so many liberals want more Govt to “protect ” us from corruption(yet this can and does too easily turn into an inept,poorly managed form of corruption itself (unintended of course)).

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