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  •  Prostitutes in early Seattle (8+ / 0-)

    There’s a story I’ve heard that, in the late-nineteenth-century, prostitutes in Seattle claimed to be seamstresses (which was a legal profession for women, whereas prostitution was illegal). There are websites that repeat this story, but I couldn’t find verification from a trustworthy website.

    So it might be an urban legend. Or parts might be true and other parts might be invented. Supposedly there was a “sewing machine tax” of $10/week -- which was basically a way for the city to tax prostitution without calling it that. I’ve also heard there was a large seamstress union and some immigrants showed up in Seattle thinking they could get lots of work as a seamstress.

    I googled it and several websites have the story about Seattle seamstresses, but it may just be people repeating an urban legend.

    "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

    by Dbug on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 08:58:00 AM PDT

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