Although there was a clear social hierarchy in colonial cities, the fine distinctions of the old world tended to blur. For example, as this cartoon from the Observer of 1895 suggests, domestic servants were rather less submissive than was the custom in Britain.
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Reference: Observer, 18 May 1895, p. 16
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