I was reading some very old copies of the Chicago Tribune archives from the 1880s and they had a couple of stories about prostitutes being murdered or murdering others.
And they kept referring to the prostitute’s crib. Or “She brought him back to the crib where her accomplice killed him.”
Or “Her crib had a seedy reputation among the Levee District” (a red light district)
OK so it seems the paper is using the word “crib” to mean place of residence, but then I saw photo of a sign out side of a place where a prostitute was murdered and it said
CRIBS 25¢ and it didn’t look like that was a store for baby cribs
Is the use of the word “Crib” in this context to mean, “place of residence,” like young people will use crib to mean their apartment now-a-days? Or does it have some other meaning in the world of prostitution.
Remember these stories I read were in like 1888 and 1889