I collect postcards relating to the women’s suffrage movement of the early part of last century in Britain. My first postcard was the spontaneous purchase on ebay of a card featuring a cat with the tag line ‘I want my vote’.
As my collection developed my preference is for the pro-suffrage cards that were produced by groups such as the Artists’ Suffrage League, Women’s Freedom League or Women’s Social and Political Union. I do collect the more commonly available ’comic’ anti-suffrage cards too as they illustrate an aspect of the culture of the time even if they sometimes make me a little uncomfortable.
When I started my collection, I imagined that like the movement itself, the postcards depicting the people and activity of the period would be well documented. However, I found that while information is available, it is scattered and sometimes difficult to find. I plan to upload a postcard a week from my collection to contribute in a modest way to the information available on the postcards that relate to this important historical movement.