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Collection Scope and Content Note

900 different prostitutes' trade cards, plus some duplicates, produced primarily as advertisements to be posted inside traditional red London phone booths (on the glass itself or inserted between the glass and frame), from which these were regularly retrieved by Timothy d'Arch Smith and his godson Matthew Ayres from 1991-2006, almost entirely in the Baker Street/Paddington area and in Earls Court. Ranging from visiting card to postcard size, they were printed on paper or card stocks (mostly colored card stocks) in a variety of typefaces, although many others were handwritten. Almost all of the cards are illustrated, some with photographs, most with drawings. The majority promote the services of women, with a handful representing male transvestites or transsexuals. In many cases, special services are mentioned (and illustrated), e. g., dungeons, bondage, spanking, caning, as well as other special features (ethnicity, bust size, age, etc.).

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