[Ads-l] Antedating of "Red Light District"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Nov 8 03:58:10 UTC 2014

red light district (OED 1894)

1893 _Cincinnati Enquirer_ 21 Aug. 1/4 (Newspapers.com)  Finally the funds gave out and the landlord would no longer trust them, so Wing took his young wife to the bordello of Madam Mertie Edwards, on West Green street, the red light district of Louisville.

Fred Shapiro

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