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NOVEMBER 2001


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NOVEMBER 2001
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Photograph by Henry Rowen Lemly
Padding His Assets

A bulging coat added bulk to this already sizable Russian coachman, whose photograph was cataloged by the Society in 1925. Gilbert H. Grosvenor's November 1914 article, "Young Russia: The Land of Unlimited Possibilities," had explained 11 years earlier the uniform's rationale.
"The drosky drivers wear padded coats that look like great wrappers round their bodies," reads a caption in that story. "The fatter they are the more prosperous and well-fed they are supposed to be, and consequently the more high-priced."

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