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Suffrage Postcards

Suffragists—and their opponents—sold a variety of postcards that featured colorful illustrations and photographs to support their cause

Postcards were extremely popular in the early 20th century. Commercial photographers sold postcards of suffrage protests, while the National American Woman Suffrage Association’s publishing company sold postcards with attractive propaganda, often designed by female artists. Some postcards highlighted women’s patriotism, while others featured anti-suffrage imagery.


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Viaduct Studios, Patriotic Postcard of four African-American Women, 1910s, Viaduct Studios, Postcard, courtesy of private collection of Barbara F. Lee Photographed for the exhibit

Leet Bros. Inez Milholland riding a white horse in a suffrage parade., 1913 Mar 03 , Leet Bros., Postcard, 3.5x5.5 inches, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

“Did I save My Country for This!”, Postcard, 3.5 x 5.5, Courtesy of private collection of Barbara F. Lee, Cambridge, MA
Photographed for the exhibit

Black and White “Votes for Women” postcard, BM Boye Verso: Vote for Woman Suffrage October 10, 1911 It stands fourth on the ballot, Postcard, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

I. & M. Ottenheimer (American), Liberty and Her Attendants (Suffragette’s Tableau) In front of Treasure building, March 3, 1913, Washington DC, 1913 Mar 03 , Postcard, 3.375x5.325 inches , Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Votes for Women, Let’s Pull Together, Emily Hall Chamberlin, Postcard, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University https://iiif.lib.harvard.edu/manifests/view/drs:434703705$11i

Votes for Women. Spirit of ‘76, Postcard, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Votes for Women. I Want to Speak for Myself at the Polls, Emily Hall Chamberlin, 1915, Postcard, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Valentine’s Greetings United States, Postcard, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Suffragists’ New Year’s Greeting, Postcard, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

The Land of Counterpane, Postcard, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Votes for Our Mothers (babies marching), c1915, National Woman Suffrage Publishing Company, Inc., Postcard, approx. 3.5x5.5 inches, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Votes for Our Mothers: Politics Governs Even the Purity of the Milk Supply, Postcard, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

“When Lovely Woman Get the Vote”, early 1900s, Postcard, 5.25 x 3.3125, courtesy of private collection of Barbara F. Lee, Cambridge, MA
Photographed for the exhibit

Stay at Home Dad, Postcard, 5.5 x 3.5, courtesy of private collection of Barbara F. Lee, Cambridge, MA
Photographed for the exhibit

Henry Blackwell, Postcard, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Women Ask a Voice in their Own Government (Flag), Postcard, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Uncle Sam, Suffragee, Postcard, 5.5 x 3.5, Courtesy of private collection of Barbara F. Lee, Cambridge, MA
Photographed for the exhibit

Votes for Women A Success: The Map Proves It, Postcard, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Votes for Women Merry Xmas, Postcard, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Wain Cat (?), early 1900s, Original, Postcard, 5.5 x 3.5, courtesy of private collection of Barbara F. Lee, Cambridge, MA
Photographed for the exhibit

I. & M. Ottenheimer, Grand Marshal Mrs. Richard Cook Burleson, mounted riders and flag bearers at beginning of suffrage parade. At right stands a photographer with his camera, 1913 Mar 03, I. & M. Ottenheimer, Postcard, 5.5x3.375 inches , Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Leet Bros. Head of Suffragette Parade Passing Treasury, 1913 Mar 03, Leet Bros., Postcard, 5.5x3.5 inches, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Parade Passing Suffragette Stand, 1913 Mar 03, Postcard, 5.5x3.5 inches , Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Leet Bros. Contingent of Trained Nurses, 1913 Mar 03 , Leet Bros., Postcard, 5.5x3.5 inches, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Leet Bros. Sweden, One of the Countries Where Women Vote, 1913 Mar 03 , Leet Bros., Postcard, 5.5x3.5 inches , Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Ottenheimer, I. & M. Suffragettes’ procession moving up Pennsylvania Avenue showing the Capitol Building in the background, March 3, 1913 Washington DC, 1913 Mar 03 , I. & M. Ottenheimer, Postcard, 5.5x3.5 inches, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

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