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American Woman Suffrage Postcards: A Study and Catalog Kenneth Florey

American Woman Suffrage Postcards: A Study and Catalog

Kenneth Florey

Published July 31st 2015
ISBN : 9780786498468
Paperback
277 pages
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American womens suffrage activists were fascinated with suffrage themed postcards. They collected them, exchanged them, wrote about them, used them as fundraisers and organized postcard day campaigns. The cards they produced were imaginative andMoreAmerican womens suffrage activists were fascinated with suffrage themed postcards. They collected them, exchanged them, wrote about them, used them as fundraisers and organized postcard day campaigns. The cards they produced were imaginative and ideological, advancing arguments for the enfranchisement of women and responding to anti-suffrage broadsides. Commercial publishers were also interested in suffrage cards, recognizing their profit potential. Their products, though, were reactive rather than proactive, conveying stereotypes they assumed reflected public attitudes--often negative--towards the movement. Cataloging approximately 700 examples, this study examines the visual rhetoric of suffrage postcards in the context of the movement itself and as part of the general history of postcards. Cards are divided into six categories: (1) official- (2) real photo- (3) printed photo- (4) holiday- (5) commercial cards in singles- (6) commercial cards in sets.