Legend has it in the late 1860’s, they were the “purest” stock of beautiful Caucasian women. They were in high demand and purchased for the pleasure of Turkish or Russian Sultans. Known for their “moss hair” they were exhibited in circus sideshows and dime museums.
Once upon a time, distinguish gents would agree to chaperoned meetings of courtship to win a lady's hand and heart. There were no Match.com, Plenty of Fish, I♥Black Cock, Christian Mingle or Tinder apps back then! They kept it very agreeable and PG-13.