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March 12, 2008

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alex

In the late 80's that was a porn/sex toy shop with a used book store veneer. I bought a used copy of Plato's Republic there and remember the juxtaposition between it and the latex fist under the glass at the counter.

Michael

"Pat" might be a nickname for Darrel Glasper, who was on the Metro Council for a time, but that's just a guess on my part.

kartek

What's the deal with these cars? Are they just abandoned or stolen then deposited once the fun has been had? weird that there doesn't seem to be any license plates?

Jules

I really hope you at least bring mace with you to these places.

cokane

Ahh, readers have come through again...I'm loving the memories, Alex!

Michael. Hm! Maybe...?

And kartek, I do not know. They may just grow there once a building becomes abandoned.

Jules, no, but it's fine. I didn't go inside.

cokane

Ahh, readers have come through again...I'm loving the memories, Alex!

Michael. Hm! Maybe...?

And kartek, I do not know. They may just grow there once a building becomes abandoned.

Jules, no, but it's fine. I didn't go inside.

jade b

is that on s 19th? i swear i noticed it for the first time earlier this week... wondered if it was open... HAHHAHA

lisacurl

I drive past this place every day on the way home from work. I have seen people duck in and out of it now and then. I'm pretty sure it's used for some sort of illicit activities (probably just guys getting off the street to smoke rock) at least occasionally.

Kitcat

I think this place was orignially Cubans Liquor. It was for sale by the city because it was adjudicated property. This was about 5 years ago and the selling price was 45,000.

lara

This was always Book exchange since the late 70s- hasn't Cuban liquor been on Perkins since the 60's? the Cuban sign is definitely old school (assuming the sign is still up- I hacen't lived in BR in over a decade).

Like all used bookstores in the French Quarter, BE had STACKS of old porno magazines for sale. Besides the usually Penthouse/Oui/ Cherri titles, I remember seeing an issue of "Geisha Twat" in the late 80s. They had a decent sized used book section and a small room to the side that sold waterbeds (no kidding) and sex toys.

In fact, that last photo says "waterbeds and accessories", implying that if one had a waterbed, there were other accessories you needed for the waterbed lifestyle. Even though BR didn't have any "adult bookstores" that I remember at the time, "waterbed accessories" was a code that signified something sleazy in my pre-adolescent mind.


there used to be multiple BEs- I know I have a few old paperbacks with the stamp of Book Exchange #3 in it,. the others didn't have

lara

..didn't have sex toy back rooms, they just sold books.

(posted too soon above, sorry!)

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I remember buying books of all kinds there many years ago. Yes...even hardcore porn from the "back room".

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