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Tambourine Woman: 1913

Tambourine Woman: 1913

New York, August 1913. "Suffragettes on way to Boston." Our second look at the "suffrage caravan" campaign for women's voting rights. Which seems to have drawn quite a crowd. 5x7 glass negative, G.G. Bain Collection. View full size.

 
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Hats Galore

Boy, look at all of those nifty caps! It's refreshing to find a boy who's not wearing a Plain-Jane brown one!

I'm so glad we had this time together

The lady next to the tambourine woman is a dead ringer for the future television comedienne Carol Burnett.

The passage of time ain't so bad guys.

Regarding the wearing caps by boys and straw boaters or derbies by the older men in the photo, there was a time when people took more pride in their apearance and dressed appropriately for their years, unlike the youth-obsessed culture we have to endure now, with many aging babyboomers pathetically trying to look 30 at 60.

Blow 'em a kiss!

Visible from behind the wagon is man with his lips pursed. Perhaps he that was his exaggerated manner of speaking but it sure looks like he is blowing a kiss to one of the suffragettes on the other side of the wagon.

The young guy with his hand on by his mouth on this side of the wagon is no doubt making an aside.

Psychic Photography

I guess it's not possible that these men could just be enjoying their day for any reason whatsoever. There could be a little projection going on here in the comments. Is mind reading from century-old photos actually possible? One would think so.

Just you wait

If only the mocking "yeah, right" smiles on the faces of these many amused men, who apparently find the prospect of women earning as much as men quite a hilarious joke, would have still been around in 2009 to see the monetary resources paid to Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart, Beyonce, and the hundreds of other women who have benefited from the suffrage of these pioneers. And speaking of hats, it looks as though many here worked for Shakey's Pizza chain. Thank you, Shorpy, for a photo that makes us see the changes that can take place in less than a century if people are willing to do something about injustices.

Caps

Well, at least they're not wearing their caps backwards.

Man hattin'

Well, they certainly weren't preachin' to the choir in this photo. Not a female in sight that I could see after a cursory scan. Wonder when a guy back then decided he was too old for a cap and needed a 'real hat' of some sort? Although there seems plenty of evidence in Shorpy photos that caps were worn by men of all ages. But going by this particular scene, it does appear there's a cutoff about the late teens to early twenties when a hat signified the line had been crossed into erstwhile manhood.

Step right up! See an actual suffragette!

From the looks on the faces, this crowd of males considers this a sideshow -- likely a freak show. With the added bonus that some of the freaks might also be attractive females.

It's seven years to the month until the women win their cause ...

[They weren't necessarily campaigning for the 19th Amendment. Suffrage was already being granted state by state. See the back of the wagon for a list of states where women had won the right to vote. - Dave]

 
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