25 July 2013


This 1920's seaside postcard had direct precedents that appear to have stirred before the first world war. At first glance you might think it is simply knocking the alleged tendency of women to nag or to babble endlessly. But there's more to this image than meets the eye. It is sometimes called an "anti-suffrage" postcard - poking fun at the suffragette movement and probably suggesting that women should be seen but not heard. Look how far we have come in a hundred years. The more you think about it, the more unfunny that postcard appears.

As desperately unfunny as this American one from the same era:-

1 comment:

  1. I have always been an optimist despite some dark days and hard times. Thanks for reminding me one of the reasons why.


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