Polling Booth. Companions in Disgrace

Polling booth




Convicts and Women kindly note,                         When once the harmful man of crime,

Are not allowed to have the vote;                          In Wormwood Scrubbs has done his time,

The difference between the two                            He at the polls can have his say,

I will now indicate to you.                                       The harmless woman never may.


Printed and Published by the Artists’ Suffrage League,

259, King’s Road, Chelsea.

This postcard was designed by C. Hedley Charlton and published by the Artists’ Suffrage League.

The image and poem beneath refers to a convict who commits a crime but is then allowed to vote on release from prison, which contrasts with the ‘harmless’ woman who cannot vote. It was a popular theme; another example can be seen in Tickner, Colour Plate IV. As in that design, Convicts and Lunatics, by Emily Harding Andrews, the woman is educated as indicated by the university cap and gown; the criminal wears prison garb. In a popular theory of the time, the woman’s features are refined and suggest superiority over the cruder features of the prisoner who would be viewed as ‘degenerate’.



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