Montmartre, 1890s: Vibrant nightlife, artists like Toulouse-Lautrec, French Bulldogs with Parisian belles. Risqué postcards & café life.
Origins: French Bulldog from British Bulldog, evolved as bull-baiting declined. Industrial revolution & Ned Ludd's revolt impacted society.
Toy Bulldogs arrived post-Ludd's revolt as Nottingham artisans lost jobs. Lacemakers adored them, brought to France. Popularity spread, including among certain groups.
French Bulldog: From courtesans to royals, then adored by Americans. Its charm crossed borders and found fame. A rags-to-riches tale, the American dream.