Code Of The Streets

It’s generally excepted, that when away from for an extended period from the population from which one would generally select their lovers, that all bets are off. Prison would certainly be an example…or perhaps the navy. San Francisco during the California Gold Rush of the mid 19th century would also be able to stake it’s claim. During a period when the surroundings were devoid of women, with the exception of a few highly in demand prostitutes, a man had to make due. Flying the red at the dance let the man in blue know that you were comfortable assuming the female role.

The origins of what has become known as the “Handkerchief Code” may lay in California of a 150 years back, but it truly came into it’s own in New York nearly a century later. At the dawn of the 1970’s, those heady times immediately after Stonewall…before the bug. The color of the bandanna stuffed in your back pocket let your suitors-of-the-moment know exactly what you were down for.

Let’s take a walk, we both know the score…we don’t need to speak…and no one needs to know…

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  1. Neil Cake
    Posted December 14, 2011 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    the grammar in this post is awful.

  2. TheAllSeeingI
    Posted December 14, 2011 at 6:11 am | Permalink


  3. Posted January 4, 2012 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    When is the next post coming up?

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