Tuesday, October 11, 2005

One more image from Spain (Spain VII)

When talking to a friend today, I realized that there was one image from Spain that I had forgotten to mention: the workers' uniform.
It had been a very long time since I had seen groups of men going in the streets wearing the famous "bleu de travail". I used to see a lot of them in France but these days my stays in France are too short and restricted to Paris so I usually don't see much. I don't recall having seen people wearing them in the US. Maybe that's also because here I am mostly in a big town or maybe they are not in fashion here: Nothing like a used, torn "bleu de travail" to evoke workers, strikes, socialism and the glory days of labor movements in the 30s.
Maybe it is not surprising that it is not hugely popular here. That uniform marks you as a worker, surely something to be avoided in the country of triumphant capitalism.


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