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Southern Magic - History Tidbits

The 18th Century

By Carla Swafford

Besides the exclusive Hell-Fire Club, other clubs were very popular with the bored, spoilt, and wealthy young noblemen. They could choose to be Mohawks and specialize in breaking noses and gouging out eyes of strangers on the street, or Blasters that expose themselves to passing girls, or Mollies who dressed like women, or She-Romps that would force women to walk on their hands so their skirts would fall around their faces, or Hectors that reveled in vandalism, or even the Fun Club that enjoyed pulling practical jokes.

Gentlemen of fashion wore their hair in thirty-six curls, fine lace, blue powder on their faces and high red heel shoes. The art of tying a cravat was the ultimate fashion statement and a lengthy one, and gentlemen carried muffs to keep their hands warm.

Men and women received guests while still in bed, but rarely rose before three in the afternoon. A proper gentleman would enter a room on his tip toes "as though the floor were wet and he were afraid of falling." Then he would bow at a 90 degree angle until he was acknowledged.

Gentlewomen of fashion wore headdresses nearly a yard high, hoop-skirts eight feet in diameter with six to seven petticoats underneath.

Snuff masters taught young bucks the art of taking snuff.

Dollymops were "respectable" women who needed extra funds. Flower girls and milliners were often dollymops.

Doe - a novice prostitute.

Macaroni - slang for a fashionable young gentleman

Popular brothels of the day were Moll King's, Constance Phillips', Lucy Cooper's, Elizabeth Roach's and Charlotte Hayes'. Many of the establishments had couches along the walls of a common room, the young lords would take their pick for the night and retire to a couch in full view of other couples already "immersed" in each other. Oddly, the ordinary clients of less than noble blood would prefer privacy.

Taken from Magic Moments - August 2001 Volume 4/Issue 8