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Ok simple question who can tell us what it was like trying to punt before the internet? One thing is for sure is if it was not for the internet i would probably be divorced!

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Corner shops and the local press. you will always need a run over the road punt. the internet can be useful but also a big waste of headspace and time.

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Contact magazines whose names I have forgotten. Private adverts in magazines like Forum. Cards in newsagents windows; "large chest for sale" was a popular one.

Daily Sport only came around in the late 80's.

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Far more risque in those days...the adventure before meeting was like a thrill like no other...

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The local paper used to carry adverts; a brief, enticing invitation, no photos obviously. I used to use the outcall service as it was safe for me to do so.

In the absence of photos there was a conversation with the person manning the phone about what sort of lady I'd like to see, time, location, fee, duration etc... and then, the wait.

Perhaps I was lucky but there were only one or two bookings where, if I'd seen pictures, I'd not have gone through with it. Most were good, one or two were exceptionally good!

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Contact magazines whose names I have forgotten.

"Phoenix" was one published in Birmingham.

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Men Only had a section of personal ads. Got a few good punts from there.

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At the upper end of the market, bars in certain West End Hotels and escort agencies with photos of their ladies.

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Certainly, I think that punting is massively easier now and as result probably the internet has given a massive boost to the industry.

Has it killed off the street scene, which was always seen as the seedy and dangerous part of the profession?

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I think there will always be a red light areas, its just now they seem to have been pushed underground.

Heard a few months ago that a parlour girl tried to boost her income by offer services in one localy, and was set upon for trying to steal customers, she was off work at the parlour for a few weeks till the bruises and cuts went away.

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Ok simple question who can tell us what it was like trying to punt before the internet? One thing is for sure is if it was not for the internet i would probably be divorced!

Local papers, cards in newagents windows, if in London cards in phone boxes and direct and indirect contact magazines were my methods.

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Interesting that most, if not all, of the contributions here are from guys. That implies that the careers of the ladies on here all started after the introduction of the internet. Interesting!

Or perhaps I am getting too old for this life!

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All of the above plus far more cards in doorways in areas such as Soho and Shepherds Market. Many more street girls, particularly near to major hotels such as London Hilton. Many were more up market than today. Great sport watching them all melt away when the occasional copper appeared. And of course the neon sign in a Curzon Street window which said French Lessons. But what a business the indirect contact mags were. Write a letter, put it in an envelope together with a stamped addressed envelope and send off with perhaps half a dozen others and a postal order to a Post Box address. Discretion meant one also had to use a Post Box address. Then the wait and with luck a 75% response rate. Answers ranged from a simple phone number to a letter and photo. Some memorable punts though as many were doing for a bit of extra cash rather than being full time professionals.

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All of the above plus far more cards in doorways in areas such as Soho and Shepherds Market. Many more street girls, particularly near to major hotels such as London Hilton. Many were more up market than today. Great sport watching them all melt away when the occasional copper appeared. And of course the neon sign in a Curzon Street window which said French Lessons. But what a business the indirect contact mags were. Write a letter, put it in an envelope together with a stamped addressed envelope and send off with perhaps half a dozen others and a postal order to a Post Box address. Discretion meant one also had to use a Post Box address. Then the wait and with luck a 75% response rate. Answers ranged from a simple phone number to a letter and photo. Some memorable punts though as many were doing for a bit of extra cash rather than being full time professionals.

Yes i had an accommodation address and got my porn vids sent their as well, certainly a slow old business compared with nowadays. ;)

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Interesting that most, if not all, of the contributions here are from guys. That implies that the careers of the ladies on here all started after the introduction of the internet. Interesting!

Or perhaps I am getting too old for this life!

Well I must be old too then. Oh wait, I am :D.

I started off working the hotel bars with my friend when the conferences and exhibitions were on - a lot more firms were happy to send the staff out on a jolly to the seaside for a few days then and we'd just find out where they were all staying; there's nowhere near as many of these dos nowadays.

We got a flat (briefly) in the end and advertised in the local rag which cost more than I spend on my ads now and at least £80-100 a week - that was ten years or so ago and whilst there obviously were online punting resources then including this one, we didn't know anything about them and it wasn't the norm in the provinces :).

What I'd love to know is how people managed before mobile phones. The internet's basically made advertising and finding information easier, but what did folk do when it was all done by land line?

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I used to advertise in shop windows... I put my first batch out in 2000. I think I spent about £5. I would put white postcards with my service on them, and pay about 30p - 50p depending whether the shop was in the high street, or some corner shop. My phone would ring non-stop. The strange thing is I never actually saw men reading the advertisments in shop windows, and yet they worked a treat. It would make me laugh when some shops refused to put them in their windows.

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Red Telephone Boxes and the latenight piano bars....what a past....what memories...

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[What I'd love to know is how people managed before mobile phones. The internet's basically made advertising and finding information easier, but what did folk do when it was all done by land line?]

Pockets full of coins and phone cards. Worst thing was others waiting outside the phone box while you went through your list of numbers mostly getting the engaged tone.

The other problem was cash - no ATMs in those days

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I used my home phone and never got any funny call backs. The potential was always there but the girl would need a very good reason to do so. Of course no one would dare now.

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I think there will always be a red light areas, its just now they seem to have been pushed underground.

My query may sound facetious but I actually don't know the answer or understand the implication to my question: how does a red light area go underground?

I used to look forward to the Brum area direct contact mags Phoenix mentioned elsewhere and Jezebel and New Delilah (37 each then which must have been a lot all those years ago and still the same price now last time I looked?). They were all from the same guy and largely the same women with a good bet that the attractive ones would somehow not be available when you rang them, presumably from home or phone boxes, I can't remember that bit.

I took a few photos of parlour girls I knew a bit who wanted pics for these magazines, just as a favour in an amateur way, and once had three photos in the same edition of one mag tho never got the gold medal of a cover photo.

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In the early 90s, Yellow Pages/Thomson local under sauna/health clubs found in every bedroom of the hotels I stayed at. I soon acquired the knack of sorting out the legit places from those offering a bit more. Evening papers were the best source though.

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Ok simple question who can tell us what it was like trying to punt before the internet? One thing is for sure is if it was not for the internet i would probably be divorced!

been there had the tshirt....it was pretty sh*t compared to todays standards...,no information,no reviews,no real photographs...just cards with number in phone boxes...completely hit and miss for us punters.

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I was armed with a copy of the Sport and an up to date copy of the McCoy's Guide. I also dabbled in a couple of phonebox cards. So hit and miss but I don't think I had a bad punt in those days to be honest.

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Ha! Phoenix brings back memories with its badly photocopied b&w pictures. There was a rip-off version called Phoneix too IIRC.

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