“Tart Cards” 100 Different From London Telephone Boxes.

“Tart Cards” 100 Different From London Telephone Boxes.
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A collection of original call girl cards collected from telephone boxes probably from the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. The majority are roughly postcard sized, and cheaply printed in single colours on white or coloured card, others in full colour. Many have printed telephone numbers, others have handwritten numbers. The cards were produced for display in phone boxes in  London, placed there by paid “carders” or sometimes by the girls themselves. The cards advertise a wide variety of services. The following texts are just a small sample: “Pick Your Pleasure? Spanking,  Foot Fetish, Toys, Nurse, Bondage Kinky Rubber ( etc)” ;” Transsexual Gorgeous Suntanned Blonde Call Suzannah”; “ Samantha For an Erotic Massage”; “ Sindy Sexy Submissive Slave Girl”; “ On Your Knees for the Mistress of Tease”;” Red Hot Rampant Nympho from down under”;” Naughty Miss needs StrictDiscipline”….

The Post Office Act of 1953 made it illegal to “affix any placard, advertisement, notice….(etc)” in telephone boxes, and this act continued in force until the privatisation of the industry and the creation of British Telecom in 1984. This created an opportunity, and adverts for sexual services moved from cards in shop windows to phone boxes. The practice proliferated rapidly with large numbers of cards in some key London sites. This, of course, provided customers with the opportunity to immediately make contact with the available advertisers and was popular with clients and girls alike.  Following complaints from the public, and a view that the cards were offensive and intimidating to tourists, along with British Telecom’s desire to improve the image of their company, action was taken. In September 2001 it became a criminal offence to place prostitute’s cards in telephone boxes, ( a six month sentence or £5000 fine for offenders) which discouraged all but the most needy carders, effectively ending the practice.

The cards are offensive to some, amusing to others, but have become recognised as a serious area of study- a social phenomenon- and there are holdings in major libraries in the UK and abroad. 

£250.00


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