Im not entirely sure if this is the right section for this thread but it kind of falls under the "What was it like in Whitechapel?" bit.
There was an estimated 80,000 prostitutes working in Victorian London and it was said you saw them openly plying their trade in almost every street.
But how did they easily distinguish between a street woman and just a woman on the street back then? Would it be through revealing clothing (such as the prostitutes from the film 'From Hell') or would it be from subtle signals like red shawls or handkerchiefs (for instance all the ripper victims had something like a red shawl, scarf or handkerchiefs so is there something in this myth?).
Iv added some photos of photos of what I think could be east end prostitutes or if not actual ones a more realistic view of what they look like. It might be similar to what the victims of the ripper would have looked like.
Please let me know your thoughts and if you have a photograph to share please do.
PS: this will also help us who want authentic victorian tart costumes for halloween!