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Female French Horse Cab Driver - Madame Decourcelle - Paris

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Female French Horse Cab Driver - Madame Decourcelle - Paris

Female French Horse Cab Driver - Madame Decourcelle and her best friend - Paris. Lady cab drivers were seen by paying customers as a far safer bet than their male counterparts and reaped the financial reward accordingly. Some male drivers even dressed up as women to gain more business! Date: 1907

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Best Blinkers Boater Buttonhole Cabbie Decourcelle Drawn Driver Friend Madame Overcoat Parisian Taxi 1907


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Madame Decourcelle and Her Best Friend: Pioneering Female French Horse Cab Drivers in Paris (1907) This evocative image captures Madame Decourcelle, a trailblazing female French horse cab driver, proudly posing with her best friend in the bustling streets of Paris. Dressed in a white blouse, boater hat, and buttoned overcoat, Madame Decourcelle exudes confidence and determination, her gaze steady and focused. Her horse, adorned with blinkers, stands obediently by her side, its coat glistening in the sunlight. During the early 1900s, the notion of women taking on traditionally male-dominated roles was a radical concept. Yet, in Paris, female cab drivers, or 'cabbies,' were seen as a safer bet for paying customers than their male counterparts. The perception was that women were less likely to engage in unsavory behavior or take risks, making them more trustworthy and reliable. In fact, some male drivers even went so far as to dress up as women to capitalize on this trend and attract more business. Madame Decourcelle and her fellow female cabbies not only challenged societal norms but also reaped the financial rewards of their labor. Their success in the transportation industry paved the way for future generations of women to break free from the confines of traditional gender roles and pursue careers in various fields. This photograph, drawn from the rich archives of Mary Evans Prints Online, offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of these pioneering women and the societal shifts that defined the early 20th century.

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