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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Connecticut Votes for Women: 1917

Connecticut Votes for Women: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Mrs. Ernest Seton -- suffrage group. Connecticut Votes-for-Women League." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Those Pleats!

Can you imagine what a terrible chore it would have been to maintain the pleats in the skirt on the woman in the middle?

Anya Seton's Mother

Mrs. Seton was also the mother of Anya Seton, the historical fiction novelist who wrote the bestseller "Dragonwyck."

State Seal

I like the use of Connecticut's three grapevines on their banner. It's a state symbol that isn't seen very often, and it's very strange and rare to see the vines on a different shield than the one used on the state flag (and the vines also commonly used in circle form with the state name in Latin, such as on Metro-North trains).

Well done!

"Our daughter's daughters will adore us... and they'll sing in grateful chorus.. "Well done, Sister Suffragette!" --Mrs. Banks, Disney's Mary Poppins. I love this picture :) Shorpy rocks!

Why knot?

I count 52 knots displayed by the seated ladies; Mrs Seton, seated on the left, has by far the greatest number. Why knots?

Also known as Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson, married to Ernest Seton (a founder of the Boy Scouts of America), she was a writer, follower of Theosophy, founder of what would become Camp Girls, and at the time of the photo was president of the Connecticut Women's Suffrage Association. She and Seton divorced in 1935; died in 1959.

Social Fashion

Or, you know, fashion might change in 10 years time. Nah, that can't be it, we're all wearing the same thing we wore in 2000 which we all wore in 1990 which looks just like the fashions of 1980 ...

Connecticut Cougar

The attractive woman sitting on the far right has my vote. In my humble opinion, she's in a league of her own!

Sisterhood

Two sets of sisters? Or maybe two sets of sisters, and one who isn't?

Social Fabric

Universal Suffrage appears to have granted women not only the vote, but the right to discard the archaic layers of fabric they were forced to endure. Just compare how these young women dressed in 1917 with the ladies in the previous posting dated 1927.

 
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