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  • A friend told me this one a while ago – a story about #RockingChairHelen aka #MotorCityMadam >> On a train from #Detroit to #Chicago sits 14 year old Helen leaving her hometown heading towards the unknown. After arriving at her final destination, she finds herself in a café, crying and not knowing where to go from here on. An older man notices her misery and starts talking to her. His name is Al. After listening to her for a while, he wants to help her and offers her a job and place to stay. Soon after their first meeting Helen starts selling cigarettes in a #brothel. Growing up in this obscure world, surrounded by glamorous clothes and feather boas she decides that she as well wants to work as a prostitute. So she does and everyone is in love w her. Until this one night; when she becomes the #witness of a #murder. Unfortunately the #chicagogangsters see her as well and want  her dead. Once again she reaches out to Al – whose full name is #alcapone . 
Al promises Helen that he will  he take care of the situation. But this means, that she would have to leave the windy city forever. So she heads back to Detroit and opens up her own business. A whore house. But actually it was not only one house. It was several. As many as 311 addresses in the Detroit area have been associated with her. Always as a renter, she would move her establishment around the #city.  No matter where the #parlor was, she would always take good care of the women by giving them: #healthcare , good money, and #security . Customers would find out about the latest location in the newspaper by advertisements like this one: „New Candy Store, All Tastes and Colors!„ >>> (Unfortunately the book „Motor City Madam“ is out of print so I have to leave it to this piece of oral history.) A friend told me this one a while ago – a story about #rockingchairhelen aka #motorcitymadam >> On a train from #detroit to #chicago sits 14 year old Helen leaving her hometown heading towards the unknown. After arriving at her final destination, she finds herself in a café, crying and not knowing where to go from here on. An older man notices her misery and starts talking to her. His name is Al. After listening to her for a while, he wants to help her and offers her a job and place to stay. Soon after their first meeting Helen starts selling cigarettes in a #brothel. Growing up in this obscure world, surrounded by glamorous clothes and feather boas she decides that she as well wants to work as a prostitute. So she does and everyone is in love w her. Until this one night; when she becomes the #witness of a #murder. Unfortunately the #chicagogangsters see her as well and want her dead. Once again she reaches out to Al – whose full name is #alcapone . Al promises Helen that he will he take care of the situation. But this means, that she would have to leave the windy city forever. So she heads back to Detroit and opens up her own business. A whore house. But actually it was not only one house. It was several. As many as 311 addresses in the Detroit area have been associated with her. Always as a renter, she would move her establishment around the #city. No matter where the #parlor was, she would always take good care of the women by giving them: #healthcare , good money, and #security . Customers would find out about the latest location in the newspaper by advertisements like this one: „New Candy Store, All Tastes and Colors!„ >>> (Unfortunately the book „Motor City Madam“ is out of print so I have to leave it to this piece of oral history.)
  • A friend told me this one a while ago – a story about #rockingchairhelen aka #motorcitymadam >> On a train from #detroit to #chicago sits 14 year old Helen leaving her hometown heading towards the unknown. After arriving at her final destination, she finds herself in a café, crying and not knowing where to go from here on. An older man notices her misery and starts talking to her. His name is Al. After listening to her for a while, he wants to help her and offers her a job and place to stay. Soon after their first meeting Helen starts selling cigarettes in a #brothel. Growing up in this obscure world, surrounded by glamorous clothes and feather boas she decides that she as well wants to work as a prostitute. So she does and everyone is in love w her. Until this one night; when she becomes the #witness of a #murder. Unfortunately the #chicagogangsters see her as well and want her dead. Once again she reaches out to Al – whose full name is #alcapone . Al promises Helen that he will he take care of the situation. But this means, that she would have to leave the windy city forever. So she heads back to Detroit and opens up her own business. A whore house. But actually it was not only one house. It was several. As many as 311 addresses in the Detroit area have been associated with her. Always as a renter, she would move her establishment around the #city. No matter where the #parlor was, she would always take good care of the women by giving them: #healthcare , good money, and #security . Customers would find out about the latest location in the newspaper by advertisements like this one: „New Candy Store, All Tastes and Colors!„ >>> (Unfortunately the book „Motor City Madam“ is out of print so I have to leave it to this piece of oral history.)
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