Scene from Berlin in the 1920s. Two Tauentzien Girls. Don’t know what a Tauentzien Girl is? Check out the handy guide below to Berlin prostitutes in the 1920s:
“Compiled by Mel Gordon, in the Winter issue of Cabinet. Because prostitution was illegal, prostitutes had to signal their vocation indirectly. Gordon is the author of Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin.
BOOT GIRLS: Dominatrices whose sexual services were signaled by the color of their boots, laces, and ribbons, sometimes worn in combination.
BLACK BOOTS: Buttocks cropping (lying on bed).
BROWN BOOTS: Asphyxiation by boot or stockinged foot.
COBALT-BLUE BOOTS: Penetration by female.
SCARLET BOOTS: Cross-dressing humiliation.
BLACK LACES: Punishment with a short whip.
GOLD LACES: Defecation on chest.
WHITE LACES: Collared like a dog.
WHITE RIBBONS ON TOP OF BOOTS: Male customer begins as the dominant figure and ends as the submissive party.
DOMINAS: Leather-clad women who specialized in whipping, humiliation, and other forms of punishment, and worked in lesbian night-clubs that admitted heterosexual couples and male clients.
FOHSES: Independent prostitutes who advertised in newspapers and magazines as manicurists or masseuses.
GRASSHOPPERS: Streetwalkers who performed oral sex in the Tiergarten.
GRAVELSTONES: Physically deformed women who worked in north Berlin.
MEDICINE GIRLS: Child prostitutes who were “prescribed” by pimps posing as physicians in phony pharmacies in west Berlin.
MUNZIS: Pregnant women who waited under lampposts on Münzstrasse.
RACEHORSES: Masochistic prostitutes who worked in Institutes for Foreign Language Instruction, where the schoolrooms were equipped with bondage equipment.
TAUENTZIEN GIRLS:Women wearing the latest fashions and hairstyles, often working in mother-daughter teams near the Kaiser Memorial Church.
TELEPHONE GIRLS: Child prostitutes, aged twelve to seventeen, who were made to resemble junior versions of theater or film starlets and were ordered by telephone.”