I’ve written before about the so-called “Basket Trick” which in the sexual lore and oral history I’ve been privy to, was a practice reported upon in tones of wonder by military men returning from the far east after enjoying the services of sophisticated sex workers in the World War II era. But there is truly nothing new under the sun, so we should not be surprised that Biblio Curiosa has both a Pietro Aretino reference from 1526 and a Bartolomeo Pinelli illustration from 1810:

basket trick illustration

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