According to Pauline Tabor, madams are made, not born. And as her memoirs of four decades as a bawdy house operator reveal, Pauline knew exactly what she is talking about. It was as a divorced mother of two young sons-a respectable matron of Bowling Green, Kentucky, who was struggling to make a living during the Depression years by selling hosiery and cosmetics form door to door-that Pauline decided to open a house of prostitution in her home town. Never having been inside such a house, and never having known a prostitute, Pauline spent a hectic weekend in a notorious Tennessee brothel, learning the secrets of the profession of a madam. Bolstered by this 'basic training,' she returned to Bowling Green, opened the town's finest house of ill fame, and started a long and colorful career as the madam of bordellos in Bowling Green, Louisville, and Indiana. Her most notorious house, at 627 Clay St in Bowling Green, was famous for more than 25 years as a plush palace of pleasure, providing all manner of gracious loving for well-heeled customers from all parts of the nation. Pauline's memoirs provide one of literature's most intimate revelations of what goes on behind the walls of a whorehouse. As a retired brothel-keeper, Pauline frankly discusses her lifetime in the illicit sex business. CONTENTS: What's a nice girl like you doing in a place like this? * The making of a madam * A madam builds a dream house * Girls, girls, girls! * The 'tricks' * The big-time spenders * The law..and the outlaws * Special friends-and enemies * Christmas in a whorehouse * A 'moonlighting' madam * A madam looks at sex in our society * the closing of the house on Clay St * 'Studio portrait' of Pauline Tabor
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Book Description Touchstone Publishing Co., Louisville, Kentucky, 1971. Velvet. Book Condition: Very Good +. Martin, David Stone (illustrator). Limited Numbered & Signed Edition. This 295 pp. book is the Memoir of the legendary "Madam" and the bordello that she ran on Clay St. in Bowling Green, Kentucky from 1933 - 1973. While making no apologies, she tells how she came into this profession, and how she soon was reviled by the good town's people. This is a particularly collectible edition of this title, being bound in RED VELVET, and having a metal slide lock on the cover. This version has a special "Limited" page, where it is genuinely signed by Pauline, and is numbered 510 of 5000. The page edges are gilt, and there is a bound-in gold braid, that serves as a page marker. Beautiful condition. Photos upon request. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Signed by Author. Hardback. Bookseller Inventory # 43027
Book Description Touchstone Publishing Company, 1971. Hardcover. Book Condition: Collectible: Very Good. First Edition. Louisville, KY: Touchstone Publishing Company, 1971. Limited edition, unnumbered of 5000 copies issued. 295 pp. Very good. Minor edge wear with a bit of scuffing to the text block gilt. Bound in full red velvet with gilt title and page edges. Velvet and brass clasp. Signed by author, Pauline, on the signature page at the front. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 057133