From Bordello to Antiques Shop
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Cappy Stewart (c) Strawbery Banke Museum/ All rights reserved as seen on SeacoastNH.comStrawbery Banke Presents
HISTORIC PORTSMOUTH #183

After the closing of the Portsmouth "red light" district on Water Street, ex-bordello owner Charles "Cappy" Stewart shifted inventory. Rather than sell young women he profited from old houses and antiques. This rare "wide" shot shows Cappy (right) apparently outside his Shaefe Warehouse shop in the South End in the 1930s.


 

 

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Former Portsmouth, NH bordello owner (right) and assistant display a 1792 fire pumper at Water Street antiques shop (c) Strawbery Banke Museum Collection / All rights Reserved

It’s Hard Out There for a (Former) Pimp

This image from the book STRAWBERY BANKE:
A Seaport Museum 400 Years in the Making
by J. Dennis Robinson
(c) Strawbery Banke Museum Collection

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