About This Site
The primary purpose of this site is to provide a repository for information about memorabilia connected to the woman suffrage movement in both England and America. Subjects discussed here will include woman suffrage buttons, suffrage ribbons, suffrage sashes, suffrage advertising cards, suffrage jewelry, suffrage sheet music, suffrage postcards, Cinderella stamps and other aspects of suffrage ephemera. The focus will not be on pamphlets and autograph material, although articles about these types of items may appear on occasion. I will also be using this site to promote my forthcoming book Women’s Suffrage Memorabilia: An Illustrated Historical Study that will be published by McFarland Books in Spring/Summer 2013.
This site will include short articles about various items of suffrage memorabilia, generally with images.
While suffrage scholars have long recognized the importance of memorabilia to the movement, it is a subject that has not been explored extensively apart from a few restricted, albeit excellent, studies. Part of the problem is that such objects are often scattered about; therefore, any comprehensive collection is difficult to both find and access, although museums both in America and England do have impressive holdings in some areas. Another problem is that most scholars do not have ready knowledge of the general nature and history of the type of objects (post cards, badges, sheet music, etc.) that suffragists produced. There is a direct correlation between the growth and development of many of these various types and their exploitation by the movement. This site and my book are both designed to respond to these problems.
Please feel free to comment on this site and to ask questions and submit articles or notes on suffrage artifacts. I would like to make this page as interactive as possible. As this site develops, I may include a page whereby readers can offer period suffrage artifacts for sale.
The title of my forthcoming book that has received mention from the New York Times (click link to see article) is Women’s Suffrage Memorabilia: An Illustrated Historical Study. It will be available from McFarland Books in Spring/Summer 2013. This work addresses the needs of interested scholars and collectors by discussing approximately seventy different categories of suffrage memorabilia, providing numerous images of relevant objects along the way. It also deals with innovative production methods involved in the creation of those artifacts, and how they dovetailed with the needs of suffragists. More importantly, in an effort to develop a broader understanding of the suffrage movement, this study analyzes period accounts, often quite fascinating, of how, why, when, and where that memorabilia was used in both America and England. Index and bibliography. It will contain over 215 images, many in full color, of such artifacts as suffrage buttons, suffrage ribbons, sashes, sheet music, suffrage post cards, jewelry, Valentines, advertising cards, and Cinderella stamps. It will include also discussions on official suffrage colors, suffrage shops where memorabilia was sold, and the presidential candidacies of both Belva Lockwood and Victoria Woodhull. Pre-publication ordering is available by clicking on this link to the publisher, McFarland Books, or to Amazon.com. Currently, Amazon is offering this book for $37.00, which is 1/3 off the publisher’s price of $55.00. Included in that is free shipping.