HISTORY, Offbeat Oregon History

Bordello madam Carrie Bradley was the Brigid O’Shaughnessy of 1880s Portland

This cartoon was published in The West Shore in 1889 as a criticism of the quality of policing in Portland. The woman in the window on the extreme right is a prostitute negotiating with a prospective customer. It is possible, if not very likely, that this cartoon was drawn with the Carrie Bradley case in mind. IMAGE: The West Shore

One of the most enduring and appealing tropes in popular fiction is the ”Femme Fatale,” like Brigid O'Shaughnessy in Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. Assertive, sexy, and utterly . . .

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