Thursday, April 16, 2015

Vice, Organized Crime, and Building a Reputation on Bourbon Street

1026 Conti, the location of Norma Wallace's last brothel, of "Last Madam" fame.

Sharkey Bonano later in life in 1958

The famous 500 Club on Bourbon Street owned by Leon Prima until he was bought out.

Evelyn West, a famous burlesque dancer who once ensured her breasts for $50,000 with Lloyds of London

Sloppy Joe's, where Evelyn West's performance drew the ire of "reformers" in 1949.

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