Les Femmes Cocher / 81 (Cab Horses / 1)
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Paris Nouveau no. 2303 Les Femmes Cocher

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Les Femmes Cocher / 81

Cab Horses / 1

Picture (left): With them, there is no more brutality; they are their horses' friends.

Most of the femmes cocher (like Mme. Decourcelle in this picture) were portrayed in affectionate poses with their horses. The photos were calculated appeals to sentiment but they also promoted the idea that women drivers treated horses better than men drivers did. However, true as this may have been, both drivers and horses were trapped in a ruthlessly exploitative industrial system which nobody had the power to change.

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