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Turning Point: 1913

Turning Point: 1913

February 28, 1913. "Woman suffrage. Greeting hikers arriving from New York." The scene at Pennsylvania Avenue and 15th Street in Washington. From the pages of the Washington Post: "General" Rosalie Jones and her suffrage "army" marched triumphantly into the Capital shortly before noon yesterday, through the Capitol grounds and down Pennsylvania avenue, with an escort of local enthusiasts and citizens which fairly choked the streets and delayed traffic. It was one of the most remarkable street demonstrations ever seen here." The bunting is decoration for the upcoming presidential inauguration. View full size.

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I found it interesting to try to count people NOT wearing hats. There seem to be a couple fellows up near the scaffolding, and a boy or two in the upper right corner.

Blind spot

While the crowd surrounding the marchers is integrated, the marchers themselves were not. In Maryland, two days before the "army" reached Washington, the marchers were briefly joined, to their surprise, by a group of "negro women" who also pleaded for the right to vote. In response, the marchers' leaders promised in the Washington Post that if this scene were repeated the entire march would end and all would return to their homes.

Robert C. Hupp

Most probably the car is an R.C.H., made from 1912 through 1912 by the Hupp Corporation in Detroit, soon to be renamed R.C.H. Corporation. Guided by Robert C. Hupp, who had left the Hupp Motor Car Company, makers of the Hupmobile. Quality and financial problems led to the demise of the R.C.H. but it sold very well initially as an under $1,000 car with 4 cylinder engine.


There is a cool looking emblem on the radiator of the car to the extreme left. Anyone recognize it? I love all the motion blur in this shot. Especially the guy dashing across the street.


Look again! There are at least four horses in the photo, three of which have police officers astride.

Keep Right...No Left!

Interesting that there are two right-hand-drive cars, and two left-hand drive.


I love this picture. I'm from Iceland so these brave women obviously didn't help the women in my country; but fortunately we had our own brave suffragettes nonetheless.

Because of them women in Iceland first got the right to vote in 1882. Although only widows and unmarried women over the age of 25 could use it.

In 1907 women got the right to vote equal to men in Reykjavik and in 1908 four women were elected to city council in Reykjavik. A year later women across the country would get their right to vote as equals to men as well. But it wasn't until 1915 when finally female servants would get their right to vote.

I am in awe of all these women (and occasionally men) who fought so hard for us women for the right to vote. No matter where their are from, they were all heroes in my eyes and deserve respect.

Horseless Carriage

I don't see any horses but I see that at least one has been there!!

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