Jul
29

Right This Way, Ladies

DSC04100 580x292 Right This Way, Ladies

During General Joseph Hooker’s five-year stint an officer in the Union Army, his attendance at raucous parties in and out of the barracks earned him a reputation as, shall we say, a “prostitute enthusiast.” By the 1860s, the term “hooker” had already been in use to describe women of ill repute who plied their trade around the dockyards of Corlear’s Hook in New York City, but it was General Hooker who really took it, um, all the way.

And all these years later, a side door at the Massachusetts State House named after ol’ “Fighting Joe” still makes us titter.

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Photo taken in Boston, Massachusetts

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