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Arrest of a Militant Suffragette

Rotary1908-1913

Museum of London

Museum of London

This postcard, showing the arrest of a militant Suffragette was one in a series of photographic postcards depicting 'typical scenes of London life in the early 20th century'. The fact that the arrest of a suffragette was chosen as a subject for the series reflects the impact the Suffragette campaign had on London life and society between 1906 and 1914. The message on the reverse of the postcard is not entirely sympathetic to the campaign and refers to Suffragettes as the 'shriekin mob' . The claim by anti-suffragists that Suffragettes were hysterical, shrieking females was widely used to discredit the campaign.

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