Suffragette Postcards



They have a cheek, Iíve never been asked.


Dear brother

Thank you very much for [...]. I was glad to get it. I expect a letter from you. Yours very truly HP [...]



Name and address unreadable.



New York [...] 1916.

The postcard image is of a mill worker from the North of England in clogs and shawl (Tickner, 1987) reading a notice about the Factory Acts with the text ĎThey have a cheek Iíve never been askedí.

The postcard refers to a series of eleven factory acts which were enacted between 1847 and 1901 and regulated the employment and working conditions of women. Although the acts were intended to protect women in the workplace they were not consulted in the drawing up of the laws.

This image was produced as a postcard and poster and was designed by Emily Susan Ford (1851-1930) and published in 1908 by the Artistsí Suffrage League. It was common for the images to be printed on both posters and postcards; with the postcards being in black and white and the poster versions being hand-coloured (Crawford, 1999). Ford was a landscape and figure painter who studied at the Slade. With her sister, Isabella Ford, she was an active suffragist and active in the Leeds Suffrage Society. She was vice-chair of the Artistsí Suffrage League (Crawford, 1999). The Artistsí Suffrage League was formed in 1907 by Mary Lowndes and they designed banners, postcards and pamphlets.

This postcard appears in Tickner, following page 51.

About the card


Hand-coloured poster version