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Women Operate Printing Machines at l'Imprimerie Impériale

1860
<p>Women are operating the printing machines. In the background men are operating the hand-presses.</p>

Women are operating the printing machines. In the background men are operating the hand-presses.

In his Les grandes usines de France: Tableau de l'industrie Franćaise au XIXe siècle I (1860) Julien François Turgan provided a detailed, extensively illustrated account of the operation of l'Imprimerie Impériale, one of the leading large-scale printing operations in France. An image that stands out in this account is the operation of the machine room, in which all the machine presses appear to be operated by women in skirts. In background one can also see the hand-presses, which were operated by men.

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