Suffragette Postcards

 

 

This is the house that man built: the anti-suffrage set

A set of six anti-suffrage (Series E16) were published based on the children’s rhyme ‘This is the house that Jack built. The postcard verse is changed to ‘This is the house that man built’ and refers in all but one of the cards to the British Houses of Parliament. The ‘house’ in the other card refers to Holloway Jail where many of the suffragettes were detained. The postcards date to around 1910. McDonald (1989) suggests that the image on the postcard at the top of the page might be referring to an attack by Mrs Pankhurst on the windows of No 10 Downing Street on 1st March 1910.

Printed by ‘BB London’: Birn Brothers Ltd were a London based printer and according to one website (metropostcard) were in business from 1905-1964, at 67-70 Bunhill Row, London. They produced a variety of postcards and Christmas cards along with pictorial books. Their postcards were printed in Saxony and Bavaria.

About the cards

THIS IS “THE HOUSE” THAT MAN BUILT,

AND this is the

Suffragette lady

        of note

Who once used

        A BRICK

for recording her vote,

Who one fine day went

With the fullest intent;

To show the Prime Minister

business was meant

But the bold Suffragette

THRO’ THE WINDOW

        cant get;

Into THE HOUSE

        that man built.

THIS IS “THE HOUSE” THAT MAN BUILT

THE HOUSE that our

Statesmen for years

     have controlled

Ruling the world with

     mind fearless and bold;

Can Woman expect

To rule such a HOUSE

She that’s afraid of a

     poor little mouse:

NO! NO!! Suffragette

     your place is not yet,

Inside THE HOUSE

     that man built.

THIS IS “THE HOUSE” THAT MAN BUILT,

AND this is the

policeman all tattered

and torn

Who wished women voters

had never been born.

Who nevertheless

Tho it caused him distress

Ran them all in,

In spite of their dress.

The poor Suffragette

Who wanted to get

Into THE HOUSE

that man built.

THIS IS “THE HOUSE” THAT MAN BUILT

AND this is the

poor little Suffragette

Who tried, oh so hard

in this HOUSE to get:

Tho’ it wasn’t a crime

Still with patience

        sublime

She spends the best part

of her life doing time;

OH FIE! Suffragette

Be contented to get

In your OWN little

house, that man built.

THIS IS “THE HOUSE” THAT MAN BUILT

AND this is the home

of the poor Suffragette

And there’s room for

        a great many more

        in it yet;

When they racket

        and riot

And will not keep quiet,

We place them on plank

beds and very low diet;

To stop all their din

We just run them in,

Into THIS HOUSE

     that man built.

THIS IS “THE HOUSE” THAT MAN BUILT

AND these are a few

of the women of note

Who say that they

want and they will

have the vote;

And think that

     they ought,

To have Man’s support;

Even although HE

    should have to go

    short.

The sly Suffragette

Who is all on the get

And wants all,

in THE HOUSE that man built.