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Prostitutes’ calling cards from the 1940s recovered by Johnny Brewton

Esopus 2 (Spring 2004)

Found Objects

Recovered by Johnny Brewton

These prostitutes’ calling cards from the 1930s were discovered at the estate sale of a San Francisco vice cop by X-Ray editor Johnny Brewton. Seen from this day and age, the printed fronts of the cards strike one as amusingly quaint; their handwritten flipsides offer more explicit—and often poignant—details.

Johnny Brewton is the owner of the X-Ray Book and Novelty Co., co-editor of Bagazine (a branch of X-Ray) with his wife Giselle, as well as a designer at Mutato Muzika. He lives and works in San Francisco.