Dig offers peep at long-gone brothels

What a find today, The Boston Globe had an article in the Metro Section about items found during a 1993 archeological survey linked to the Big Dig and the vanished row houses on Endicote Street, show the trappings of a busy brothel aimed at the middle class customer.

It is so sad that Bostonians don’t want to add this collection to the History Museum. It is apart of Boston’s history though historians don’t want you to know. Three-thousand items were found and have not been publicized outside the academic and archeological circles. It would give us a window of what it was like in that trade. It seems Religion, Politics, and Prostitution seem to be our foundation roots, in that order, seems like a curse that keeps on giving.

In the biz they call this “cock-blocking”.

Mary Beaudry, Boston University professor, stood in front of the site of what was once a Boston brothel. Uncovered artifacts include a spittoon, carved bone toothbrushes, and a cosmetics jar.

Mary Beaudry, Boston University professor, stood in front of the site of what was once a Boston brothel. Uncovered artifacts include a spittoon, carved bone toothbrushes, and a cosmetics jar.

A spittoon was also found at the site. During the last half of the 19th century, the Endicott Street brothel would have faced serious competition for neighborhood customers. As many as 30 to 40 brothels were located in the North End.

A spittoon was also found at the site. During the last half of the 19th century, the Endicott Street brothel would have faced serious competition for neighborhood customers. As many as 30 to 40 brothels were located in the North End.

Numerous carved bone toothbrushes imported from London were found. The excavation site would have been 27 and 29 Endicott St. between 1860 and 1875. Housing records show this address probably was used as a brothel between 1852 and 1883.

Numerous carved bone toothbrushes imported from London were found. The excavation site would have been 27 and 29 Endicott St. between 1860 and 1875. Housing records show this address probably was used as a brothel between 1852 and 1883.

This cosmetics jar would have been used for face powder. Many of the prostitutes were farm girls or immigrants, usually under 25 years old, who had moved to Boston in search of jobs. A list of female tenants at Endicott Street in 1855 included Mary Colby, 20, from Ireland; Elina McMahon, 22, from Vermont; and Jane Clark, 19, from Massachusetts.

This cosmetics jar would have been used for face powder. Many of the prostitutes were farm girls or immigrants, usually under 25 years old, who had moved to Boston in search of jobs. A list of female tenants at Endicott Street in 1855 included Mary Colby, 20, from Ireland; Elina McMahon, 22, from Vermont; and Jane Clark, 19, from Massachusetts.

The Endicott Street brothel was located where the access ramps to Interstate 93 are today. More than 3,000 artifacts have been found at the site.

The Endicott Street brothel was located where the access ramps to Interstate 93 are today. More than 3,000 artifacts have been found at the site.

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