Hartford, Connecticut: Calhoun, [circa 1915].
Unbound. Glazed white cotton banner measuring 60" x 14" with "Votes for Women" printed in green and purple across the front. Slight creasing and some spotting else about near fine. The banner features the stamp of Calhoun of Hartford, Connecticut, a printing company famous for theatrical and circus posters of the 1880s through 1910s. The colors featured here of white, green, and purple were introduced by the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) of England founded by Emmeline Pankhurst. According to Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, editor of *Votes for Women*, a weekly newspaper: “Purple, as everyone knows is the royal colour, it stands for the royal blood that flows in the veins of every suffragette, the instinct of freedom and dignity… white stands for purity in private and public life… green is the colour of hope and the emblem of spring.” This banner is unusual for the American Suffragettes due to the color scheme, Americans used gold and black primarily. Scarce.