Tenderloin San Francisco

Hard-boiled stories from San Francisco's 1960s and 1970s Tenderloin

Tenderloin San Francisco

Hard-boiled stories from San Francisco's 1960s and 1970s Tenderloin

Glossary of people, places, and things of the time

 

Balloon: Smaller units of heroin packaged in un-blown up balloons.

Beauties/Black Beauties: Amphetamine in capsule form, very popular.

Crank: Powerful upper, usually injected.

Compton’s: 24 hour cafeteria, corner Turk and Taylor, late night hangout - okay food, okay prices, no time limit.

Cook, cook-up: To prepare a drug to be injected.

Conk: Hairstyle in which naturally curly, or kinky hair is straightened and styled.

Dopesick: Heroin withdrawals - the longer an addict goes without heroin, the worse it gets.

Fit (outfit): Materials needed to shoot up - cooker, needle, etc. 

Geeze: Shoot up, inject.

General: San francisco General Hospital.

Kenny’s Upstairs: After hour’s club corner 292 Turk at Leavenworth, second floor.

Newsie: One who sells newspapers on the busy streets - usually out of a small wooden structure.

Paregoric: Over the counter cough syrup containing opium.

Queen: Male who dresses/lives as a female most/all of the time.

Reds: Seconal, a powerful downer in capsule form, highly desirable.

Ringside: Corner Eddy and Leavenworth, liquor, smokes, gambling, people met and hung out, working girls always nearby.  

Smack: Heroin.

Squid: Mildly derogatory term for a sailor.

Swisher: Male dressed as male with accentuated feminine movements.

The Trapp: Lower Eddy Street bar with well-heeled gay clientele - frequented by a select few of the tough-guy type hustlers/regulars.

Tranny: Male who dresses as a female on occasion.

Works: See 'Fit' above.