Antique Suffragette Postcards

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Antique Suffragette Postcards

Antique Suffragette Postcards are postcards bearing images and slogans supporting the Suffragette movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

 

Brief history and description

Suffragette postcards typically featured political, humorous or propaganda-related messages and/or images on the front or back covers. The term "Suffragette" was first introduced by the Daily Mail newspaper as a derogatory label for members of the women's Suffrage movement in the United Kingdom.

In 1910, the National American Woman Suffrage Association used Suffragette postcards to help promote both the message and the cause of the Suffragette movement, and during this time the postcards were also used as fundraising tools as the NAWSA received a commission for each postcard sold.

Authentic antique Suffragette postcards typically feature a mark in the upper left hand corner consisting of a shield of stars with stripes, or may read the phrase "an ounce of persuasion precedes a pound of coercion."

Guide for collectors

Suffragette postcards which feature messages containing coded information about Suffragette meetings and protests are considered to be the most rare and valuable.

Restoration of an antique Suffragette postcard is not recommended, as restoring the postcard may decrease its value.

For more information regarding antique Suffragette postcards, visit Warwick & Warwick's official website or Alice Hawkins Suffragette's official website.

Value

Lyn Knight Auctions in Lenexa, Kansas sold a Suffragette postcard featuring a photograph of a woman sitting at a desk with a "Votes for Women" poster hanging on the wall behind her for $3,600 in May of 2007.

Bonham's in Knightsbridge sold a collection of 50 different Suffragette postcards for £520 in August of 2005.

Jackson's Auction in Cedar Falls, Iowa sold a lot of four RPPC Suffragette postcards for $320 in May of 2007.

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold a lot of five Suffragette postcards for $130 in December of 2008.

B.S. Slosberg, Inc. Auctioneers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sold two Suffragette postcards (circa early 20th century) from Newark, New Jersey for $40 in March of 2007.

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