Woman Blowing a Glass Pearl

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A woman sitting at a work table is blowing a glass imitation pearl by the flame of a gas burner
Parisian female worker blowing an imitation pearl.
(P. 137.)

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A woman is seen from the side sitting at a work table and blowing a glass imitation pearl by the flame of a gas burner, assisted by a cat diligently napping on a nearby stool.

The author informs us that a skilled worker could make up to 300 pearls in a day. She would have been paid 2.50 francs a hundred, that is, as of the early 2020s, very approximately the equivalent of $3.90, or €3.50.

The caption reads in the original French: Ouvrière parisienne soufflant une fausse perle.

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