Business cards for sex workers – that are affectionately called’sour cards’ – might not look like the most evident things available at a library group.
However, a huge catalog of them may be browsed in the Wellcome Collection at London, which will be documenting the evolution of this sort of advertisement, by the mid-1980s onward.
Sex workers necessary to be more smart about submitting their cards, typically at London’s iconic telephone boxes, since the law banned any tampering with all the telephone booths, and authorities on patrol are on the watch.
“They are not just sort of fun, ridiculous cards. They are a manifestation of sex workers, a profession that’s on the market, one I believe there’s a demand for a more thorough comprehension of,” she states.
“So they may be a great starting point to discuss sex work and the background of it in a more type of modern manner.”
The museum’s collection grew to such a number on account of the librarians who traveled outside into the surrounding neighborhoods of both Euston and King’s Cross – favorite with sexual workers until the late 90s – carrying the sour cards from telephone boxes.
For Grant, and most people to this odd hoard, these titles aren’t the only evidence of a burgeoning sex industry, but instead an elongated sociological document that graphs changes in societal tendencies around sex work, as well as the inventions of advertisements.