Friday, July 3, 2020

Flower Friday: July 3, 2020

Greetings everyone!  I just want to remind you that submissions for the Suffrage Centennial Quilt Challenge are due tomorrow.  Just email us a photo of the quilt you want to submit and a brief explanation of your quilt. The email is 

But it's a pandemic---so if you need a few more days, just email me and let me know and we will work something out.  Our original deadline was to give Beth and I time while traveling and giving lectures.

It's Flower Friday!!!  Today we celebrate the brave women who fought for our right to vote by sharing photographs of flowers that are all the colors of the suffrage movement:  yellow, purple, and white flowers!

Betsy sent in this very appropriate orchid:
Isn't it lovely?

From Joanne's garden:
The yellow rose was the official flower of the suffrage movement!

Joanne shared that the above photo doesn't do her Asiatic lily justice--the inside of the flower is a more purple than red.

Annie sent in her rudbeckia which is starting to bloom:
Next week we will be featuring Lorraine B's garden!!!
In the meantime, if you want your yellow, white, and/or purple flowers (or ones you see as you take walks, etc)  featured on Flower Fridays, please email a photo to

Have a safe and happy day!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

All Dolled Up!

Sometimes dolls just represented women.  At one suffrage tea held in New Jersey, visitors were delighted by cakes adorned with suffrage dolls.  According to the article, the dolls were dressed in the New Jersey suffrage colors of purple, green, and white.

Suffrage displays using dolls was popular, particularly in 1915.  Both suffragists in Pennsylvania and Connecticut used doll displays at fairs and their own bazaars and events to represent women of the different states here in the United States and often the world.  

In Minnesota, the display was so popular that it toured various venues and was a big draw at the state fair:

The caption below the photograph:  "In the center are seen dolls representing the twelve American suffrage states, the four Scandinavian countries, in all of which women vote, and the three British suffrage colonies.   At the left are three Turkish dolls in harem costume, labeled as the only women who really keep their "place in the home."  At the right is the model doll's house, in connection with which are displayed placards pointing the suffrage argument that to make the home ideal woman must take part in community affairs."

I'm not sure what the Turkish comment meant.  

I hope you have a great day!  Stay safe!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Dollies for Dollars, Part 2

Suffragists groups weren't the only people who sold suffrage dolls.  Retailers did as well--a signal that the suffrage question was a popular one in society.  It's been my experience that retailers and marketing firms are often more astute about the pulse of the population than politicians and in the early 20th century, women did most of the shopping as well.
Massachusetts, 1915

During the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, McLoughlin Brothers sold children's books and games.  The company was a pioneer of coloring books and colorfully illustrated books for children.  They also sold paper dolls including this one:
Note that the second costume is a suffragist's outfit!

This particular doll (below) was not sold by a suffrage organization but perhaps was designed by a suffragist or at least an ally.  Lillian E. Whitteker (1895-1978) was a well known Cincinnati illustrator and painter.  

This may have been made to donate money to the Buy-A-Bale program or at least encouraged folks to buy cotton because this was on the fabric panel:   
The Buy-A-Bale program was initiated in the United States to assist Southern cotton farmers because when World War 1 broke out, Europeans stopped importing cotton.  The program sought wealthier Americans to bail out (excuse the pun) the cotton industry by buying and storing a bail of cotton.  The idea was that eventually cotton would increase in price again and then the purchaser could make a profit.

I don't think this was the only doll Lillian designed; I found an article from 1922 that indicated that she was still designing dolls as well as doing portrait work while living in New York City.  

Have a safe and happy day!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Dollies for Dollars, Part 1

One of the most common things that dolls were used for was to raise revenue for the suffrage cause.  Suffrage booths were often set up at fairs and other local events; it appears that dolls were profitable (and popular) because it was such a widespread product.

Pennyslvania--Reading and Pittsburgh--1915

Girl with decorated buggy, early 19th century

One of the most charming fundraisers came from Selma, Alabama.  Suffragists held a Suffrage Doll Bazaar shortly before Christmas.  A big draw of the day in 1916 was the "Parade of Doll Buggies"; children decorated  their doll buggies and their dolls and competed for prizes.  Candy and assorted other treats were furnished and dolls and doll furniture as well as other wares were sold.  It is most likely that this event only drew upper-class and white children.  Newspaper articles reported that the winning buggies were decorated with pink crepe paper and assorted other finery.

Have a safe and happy day!

Monday, June 29, 2020

Oh you beautiful doll!

This week we are going to look at suffrage and dolls.  Dolls were used to promote the cause but I suspect that part of the reason might have been to encourage the next generation to think of equal rights even if this generation didn't get the vote.  

This concept became clear when I read about Winifred Sackville Stoner.  In 1912, there were a variety of syndicated articles about the little girl who at 10 years old was a prodigy.  She had already had many poems published--one that you might know is "The History of the United States" and begins:

In Fourteen Hundred Ninety -Two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue
And found this land, the land of the Free, beloved by you, beloved by me...
Winifred Sackville Stoner in 1915.

Although only 10 or 11 years old in 1912, Winifred believed in woman's suffrage and her poems about suffrage were widely published although I couldn't find any specific one to share with you.  Winifred was blessed with an above average intelligence and a mother who believed in "natural education" and that learning should be made fun for children.

Both mother and daughter created suffrage games that explained the concept of suffrage to boys and girls.  An article at the time cited, "They (children) will soon be the power in America.  It is the lead ones that lead us."  You can read more about Winifred at Wikipedia.

So this week we will be looking to escape bad news by studying how and what types of dolls were used to aid the suffrage cause.
I hope you find these posts fun.  

Have a safe and happy day!

Friday, June 26, 2020

Flower Friday: Linda's Garden

It's Flower Friday!

Today we honor our suffrage foremothers by posting flowers in yellow, purple, and white (yellow being the color of suffrage; purple and white for the women of the National Woman's Party).

Linda has an extensive and lovely garden.  She kindly sent these photos for us.  Some of you emailed me photos as well this week but I will share those photos on next Friday's post.

Thank you Linda!  To have your flower photos included in next on Flower Friday post, please email your photos to me at  

Tomatoes count!


Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

This and That Suffrage News!

Good morning!  Today I'm featuring a number of small items.  First of all, in the great state of Tennessee, a Woman's Suffrage monument is finally being placed.  Read all about it here!

Tomorrow we will tour Linda's Garden for Flower Friday!  If you would like to be included in "Flower Fridays"--please email me your photos of yellow, purple, and/or white flowers:

A friend sent me this last week.  I loved it:
Here's why I love this so much.   It's wrong.  What is wrong?  Well as you know, women had gained suffrage by 1920.  So I looked this up and found info (of all places) at

According to Snopes, the women are eating fruit pies, not pizza and pizza wasn't even introduced into World War 2.  BUT I found information on the internet to dispute that fact-- pizza was introduced as early as 1905 in some northeast cities.  So nice photograph but I couldn't find any research that supported this myth in an actual newspaper.

Finally, I know many of my blog readers are living in states that are surging with the pandemic.  Beth and I are praying for you all.  Please stay safe.  We all need a diversion so next week, we will be publishing lighter posts because the actual news remains grim.

 We send all of you virtual hugs.  Stay safe.