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Mechanical figure of a Suffragette

c. 1908

Museum of London

Museum of London

Tinplate mechanical figure representing a suffragette, selling the Votes for Women newspaper. When wound the figure moves in circles waving a bell up and town. Although made in Germany this figure reflects the huge impact the suffragettes had on public life and society in Britain from 1906. Like many commercially produced items representing the campaign it is not particularly sympathetic to the Votes for Women cause and satirises the suffragette as a bell ringing newspaper seller trawling the streets for customers.

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