Sunday, August 15, 2010

Rethinking the project

I've been doing some research on old west saloons and found that saloon girls were rarely prostitutes. They made a commission on the drinks they sold and their purpose was to entertain the men and encourage them to drink. Sometimes they would dance with the customers but only in really seedy places were they prostitutes. So, in order to remain somewhat historically accurate I think I will make Rose's saloon a bar/gameroom place with an area for dancing.


ShellbyFay said...

That's interesting stuff De. Well it's always good to do your research! Looking forward to seeing the saloon; it's sounds like a great idea.

De said...

Thanks, Shellby. I think it will be fun. I'm certainly enjoying the research/list making stage. ;)

Lainie's Little Things said...

You have done your homework!

Most of the Saloons were for meant for the hardworking men looking for wives in the old west. Prostitution was not nearly as bad back then as most people think it was!

The girls that worked in the taverns (as the saloons were most often called) lived in the town and that was the only place for them to work.

I'm speaking of the little towns and NOT THE CITIES WITH THE WORKHOUSES.(I don't know anything about that!)

Their Daddys or brothers, or even Uncles, were close by to make sure they were treated well.

There wasn't just a league of rogue women running around the west like Hollywood would like you to see. The women were much more protected back then.

The pioneer women were tough & hard and beautiful and laid the rest of the way for all of us.

I am glad you are doing your homework and really look forward to seeing what you create!!!

De said...

I'm gonna have the girls be dance hall girls so I'll still get to do some of the fancied up dresses. But they won't have to do any "work" on the side. The information I found said that although the men treated the dance hall girls with respect, the women of the town tended to look down on them.

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