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Peep-show, Taylor Street: 1970s   3 comments

Posted at 12:12 am in business,historic

This nondescript building on Taylor Street down from The Big-T now houses a phone operation of some sort, but once upon a time, it was a porn store.

I don't suppose that such a place could have operated out in the open any time before the late 60s or 70s, at least not in Columbia, but eventually the "revolution" arrived even here. I recall riding down Taylor Street one day with my mother, reading the sign, and asking her exactly what was a "peep show". Strangely (to me then) she didn't really seem to have a ready explanation.

Since that time I believe that porn stores have been zoned out of downtown though there are certainly still some in the metro area. This building has had a lot of tenants in the years since then, and was in fact a law office at one time if I'm recalling correctly. It appears that currently, you can once more "reach out and touch someone" there.

Written by ted on December 5th, 2008

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  1. ted, you mentioned the cultural "revolution" arriving in Columbia -- in the very early 70s there was place, I guess you'd call it a coffee house/nightclub, about two blocks from this, on the same side of the street, called D' Scene. The sign was all day-glo psychadelic and it was overflowing with hippies and beatniks. It had big windows and you'd see the longhaired peace-sign crowd in there animatedly discussing pot and the Vietnam war. It only lasted a year or two.

    Dennis

    5 Dec 08 at 9:07 am

  2. Wasn't that building originally a Krispy Kreme?

    Tom

    5 Dec 08 at 3:36 pm

  3. No, the Krispy Kreme was in one of the small buildings on the other side of the CVS building towards Bull St.

    Mike

    5 Dec 08 at 6:47 pm

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