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A maid, c.1860 (print)

A maid, c.1860 (print)

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A maid, c.1860 (print)

7293403 A maid, c.1860 (print); ( Society. Economy. Young maid cleaning. Imagery, Epinal, France, ca 1860.); Photo: © Archives Charmet

Media ID 38506060

© Photo: © Archives Charmet / Bridgeman Images

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This print from c.1860 captures a young maid diligently cleaning, offering a glimpse into the societal norms and economic structures of the time. The imagery, originating from Epinal, France, showcases the essential role played by domestic workers in maintaining cleanliness and order in households during the 19th century. The maid depicted in this print symbolizes not only hard work and dedication but also represents the challenges faced by women in finding employment opportunities during that era. Her profession as a housemaid or chambermaid was crucial for many families, yet often undervalued and underappreciated. Through her actions with a broom in hand, this maid embodies the ideals of cleanliness and service that were expected of women working in domestic roles. Despite facing limitations imposed by gender norms and societal expectations, she persevered to earn a living through her laborious work. This historical photograph serves as a reminder of the important contributions made by women like her to society at large. It is a testament to their resilience and determination to carve out careers for themselves despite facing numerous obstacles along the way.

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