Women’s Suffrage Memorabilia

An Illustrated Historical Study

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About the Book

While historians have long recognized the importance of memorabilia to the Woman Suffrage movement, the subject has not been explored apart from a few restricted, albeit excellent, studies. Part of the problem is that such objects are scattered about in various collections and museums and can be difficult to access. Another is that most scholars do not have ready knowledge 1of the general nature and history of the type of objects (postcards, badges, sashes, toys, ceramics, sheet music, etc.) that suffragists produced. Then-new techniques in both printing and manufacturing created numerous possibilities for supporters to develop campaigns of “visual rhetoric.” This work analyzes 70 different categories of suffrage memorabilia, while providing numerous images of relevant objects along the way and discussing these innovative production methods. Most important, this study looks at period accounts, often fascinating, of how, why when, and where the memorabilia were used in both America and England.

About the Author(s)

Kenneth Florey, professor emeritus at Southern Connecticut State University, is a long-time specialist in woman suffrage memorabilia. He has lectured on the subject in the U.S. and abroad, appeared on television, and written articles for a variety of publications. He lives in Madison, Connecticut.

Bibliographic Details

Kenneth Florey
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 268
Bibliographic Info: 214 photos (49 in color), notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7293-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0150-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgments  1

Introduction  5

The Memorabilia

Advertising Trade Cards 9

Baked Goods and Other Foodstuffs 15

Balloons 16

Ballots and Ballot Boxes 17

Banks 21

Belva Lockwood and the Equal Rights Party 21

Bicycles 29

Blotters 30

Buttons and Badges—American 31

Buttons and Badges—English 48

Calendars 56

Campaign Biographies 60

Cartes de Visite and Cabinet Photographs 61

Ceramic Figures 65

China and Dinnerware 68

Chocolates 71

Christmas Cards 71

Cigarettes and Tobacco 72

Clarion Figure 74

Clocks and Watches 76

Coffee and Tea 77

Colors 77

Cookbooks 82

Cosmetics 86

Counterstamps 86

Dust Mops 87

Eggs 87

Endorsements in Magazines 87

Face Cloth 90

Fans 90

Flyswatter 91

Garden Seeds and Sticks 92

Handkerchiefs 92

Between pages 92 and 93 are 8 color plates with 26 images

Jewelry 93

Magazine Covers and Illustrations 96

Millinery and Accessories 104

Miniature Bissell Carpet Sweepers 107

Paper Bags 107

Paper Napkins 107

Pencils 108

Pennants 109

Pennsylvania Liberty Bell Campaign 110

Pillow Tops 112

Playing Cards and Card Games 112

Postcards—American 115

Postcards—English 134

Posters—Art and Propaganda 146

Ribbons 154

Rolling Pin 159

Rubber Stamps 159

Sashes 159

Scarves 161

Sheet Music, Songsters and Records 162

Shirts and Socks 172

Soap 172

Spoons 172

Between pages 172 and 173 are 8 color plates with 23 images

Stamps, Cinderellas, Stickers and Labels 174

Stationery—Envelopes and Letterheads 178

Statues and Statuettes 181

Stove and Pie Safe 182

Suffrage Drink 182

Suffrage Shops 182

Susan B. Anthony Bas-Relief Plaster of Paris Wall Plaque 187

Tin Bird 188

Tin Thread Holder 188

Toys, Games, and Dolls 189

Train Transfers 191

Umbrellas and Parasols 192

Valentines and Penny Dreadfuls 192

Victoria Woodhull 197

Women’s Oversea Hospitals and Suffrage War Efforts 203

Notes  207

Works Cited  229

Index  233


Book Reviews & Awards

“impressive”—Library Journal; “a well written historical narration that compelled my attention, held my interest and for me it is a work to be read and reread…fills a significant gap”—The Political Bandwagon.