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People waiting to get credit, 19th century (Epinal print)

People waiting to get credit, 19th century (Epinal print)

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People waiting to get credit, 19th century (Epinal print)

THT4305757 People waiting to get credit, 19th century (Epinal print); ( People waiting to get credit. Epinal print. End of the 19th century.); © Jacques Marthelot. All rights reserved 2023

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© © Jacques Marthelot. All rights reserved 2024 / Bridgeman Images

Bank Banker Clock Loanword Marthelot Rooster

This Epinal print from the late 19th century captures a scene of people eagerly waiting to get credit, showcasing the hustle and bustle of financial transactions in that era. The intricate details and vibrant colors bring this historical moment to life, with each figure depicted in anticipation and hope. The image not only highlights the importance of credit in society during that time but also serves as a window into the daily lives of individuals seeking financial assistance. From businessmen to farmers, everyone is depicted patiently waiting for their turn at the bank, emphasizing the universal need for economic support. The inclusion of a majestic rooster perched atop a clock adds an element of whimsy to the composition, symbolizing prosperity and good fortune. The engraving technique used by Jacques Marthelot further enhances the overall charm and authenticity of this piece. As we gaze upon this print, we are transported back to a time when patience was truly a virtue, and obtaining credit was both a necessity and a privilege. It serves as a reminder of how far we have come in terms of financial accessibility while also honoring the traditions and practices that shaped our modern banking system.

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