The pornography emporium has been a fixture at the corner of 13th and Arch Streets for more than 25 years, offering a veritable plethora of porn - dirty books, sexual devices, and peep shows (live and on tape).Today the Inquirer published his followup, reminiscing for the non-halcyon years that brought dirty politics and smut to Our Fair City:
The '70s were the Golden Age of Porn Shops in Philly. Doc's was one of several dozen X-rated businesses. We had two adult theaters on Market Street, right across from City Hall. Another adult cinema at 1812 Chestnut. A live porn theater (featuring nude wrestling, etc.) around 20th and Market. Lots of peep-show arcades and dirty bookstores. It was a sign of the city's distress.
The oldest was the Troc at 10th and Arch Streets, home to burlesque, and famous for the names and slogans it bestowed on its strippers. Some examples: Kris Kringle "She'll Ring Your Bells." Emma Nems "Melts in Your Arms." And, my personal favorite, Carlotta Tendant "Park Yourself Here."
Indexed by tags Philadelphia, San Francisco, porn, Bay Area, Doc Johnson's, Big Al's.
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