Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1993. First edition. Hardcover. 248p + 12 ills. As new / as new. Item #30968
This detailed work of labor, social, urban, and transportation history examines an often overlooked aspect of the horse-drawn world--the life of the commercial drivers. Chapters on the structure of the Parisian cab industry; the police, company discipline, and the coachmen's workday; statistical overivew of the coachmen and their backgrounds; the cabbies of the Compagnie Generale des Voitures a Paris; the roles of unions and newspapers; international expositions and strikes; and coachmen and the automobile. Long bibliography, including many archival sources. A few pages on horses and their treatment The vehicles are treated in passing. The photos show various fiacres (one electrically powered) and two early women drivers, 1907.