History of Gay and Lesbian Life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Businesses - Retail Establishments

Ramie's Adult Books and Novelties
Location: 730 N. 2nd St., Milwaukee


approx. 1971
approx. 1974

Books, Gifts
Male / female



Ramie's Adult Books and Novelties advertised the first several years that the 'GPU News' was published. They wrote a "Feedback" letter to the magazine at that magazine's 1-year anniversary thanking the magazine for increasing its business.

According to research by historian Michail Takach, 'Ramie's' was originally located at 8th & Wisconsin, later relocating to 715-723 N. 3rd Street, and then to 730 N 2nd Street-- at which time 'GPU News' was printing. He has located a single photo of Ramie's, when it was located in the Towne Hotel building (which was at 723 N. 3rd Street).

The Spartacus American Bicentennial Gay Guide (1976) did list the business, mis-spelling it as "Kamie's Adult Book Store" but at the correct address, and describing it as: "A wide selection of gay books, magazines, etc., and horny customers". Whether it was still open at that time is uncertain however, as nationally published "gay guides" were typically not up to date with many listings.

More information about this business is welcomed from anyone who can contribute it.

Advertisement, July 1972
(this ad appeared in GPU News from
mid-1972 until late 1972)
Advertisement, May-June 1973
(this ad appeared in GPU News from
Dec-1972 thru July-1973)
Advertisement, May 1973
(this ad appeared in GPU News from
October-1973 thru June-1974)
Listing in Spartacus
Bicentennial Gay Guide, 1976
(Eros Publishing c1976)
(View other national Gay Guides)



Photo of Ramie's when located in
Towne Hotel as "Ramie's Joint"
(on N. 3rd Street)

First Advertisement,
July 1972 issue of 'GPU News'
(this ad appeared in GPU News from
mid-1972 until late 1972)

'Feedback' letter to GPU News
for October 1972 issue, their first anniversary of printing

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