Affectionately known as Millie, she was one of the few women to work on the Bowery in New York City. Her #16 Bowery shop was located in a barbershop. Several NYC tattooists worked like this, including Charlie Wagner. Old time tattooists were famous for setting up in closet size locations in arcades, under stairways, and even in horse-drawn wagons. A barbershop with a clean space, a male customer base, and a corner for rent was reason enough.
The 1930's postcard seen here shows Millie with her favorite square back Jonesy. On the back of the card below, she is referred to as Mary and states that she is a member of the famous "Butterfly Club" complete with an illustration of the required membership tattoo.
Millie committed suicide by poison in a Bowery restaurant in 1947.
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