In some areas of the West, soiled doves were required to buy and post licenses. The funds for those licenses paid for public services such as law enforcement. Posting a photograph alongside the license was an advertising ploy. Women of ill repute often placed their picture and license in the parlors of the brothels to tempt clients. Those pictures highlighted the proprietor’s assets.
Mary Fields, aka: Stagecoach Mary (1832-1914) - Born as a slave in Tennessee, Fields was one of the first women entrepreneurs, stagecoach drivers, pioneers of the American West. Orphaned as a child, she grew up with Ursuline nuns. She left the convent when she was still in her teens and traveled West. Living by her wits and strength, she became known, as a hard drinker, a notorious brawler, a cigar smoker and one of the wildest women of her time.
Loggers and the giant Mark Twain redwood, which was cut down in 1892 in California. - Photo: Beckwith, N.E./National Geographic - http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/15-of-national-geographics-most-iconic-photographs