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Pit Brow Lasses   Views: 757
French pit brew lasses   Comments: 5
Photo: Rev David Long   Item #: 29638  
French pit brew lasses
  Not, of course, anything to do with Wigan... but another illustration from the 1902 French book, http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k6364932w
The dress of these sorters from a French pit at Lens is clearly very different from that of our lasses - I think it was the trousers that made such an impression on the French... maybe it was even seen as risqué to publish pics of girls showing so much leg, even if covered up!

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Comments by Thomas(Tom)Walsh, 12th August 2017  
Thank you , Rev David for this collection,fascinating. Strange to think some of my forebears could well be among the Wigan lasses !

Comments by Roger, 12th August 2017  
One of my maternal ancestors was a coal drawer on the 1841 census.

Comments by Veronica, 12th August 2017  
Somehow the French women look more feminine in the way they present themselves in this photograph despite the rough clothes. Not for them posing with one leg up and resting on a spade and wearing trousers. But French women have always been known for their ability to appear 'chic' with their silk scarves. That's not to say some of our own lasses weren't beautiful. I think Lundy liked to see them posing as Amazons!

Comments by Veronica, 13th August 2017  
Should have said Mumby- Arthur Mumby- he liked to collect images of 'unbecoming' women'. He was also an amateur painter and was fascinated by working class women and liked to sketch them. Personally I thought he was a bit strange!!

Comments by Albert., 13th August 2017  
Seeing that a couple of these ladies of the French coalfield are holding colliery oil safety lamps, did their employment also require them to work under ground. I believe that practise had ceased in the U.K. long before 1902

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