Well you get asked a question, and off on another rabbit run you go …
The first was ‘the roundel’ – to my surprise is of heraldic ancestry … dating, at least, from the 12th century … more here …
|English Heritage's 'blue plaque' -|
commemorating a link between that
location and a famous person ...
serving as an historical marker
in the form of a roundel
… too complicated for me to start … but something I’d like to study at some stage … ie understand the symbols, charges, insignias etc …
|Seven Kings underground roundel -|
the new Elizabeth line colour
The use of roundels predates history, for both personal and group use … which today we’ve seen adopted: for example by our armed forces, civic organisations, and on flags … in this country the classic to my mind is the London Underground = the tube!
|The Maida Vale station|
roundel put up to remember
International Women's Day 2020 -
in the Suffragette colours
The Suffragette Movement … another subject I know about insufficiently … the members in 1906 were derided by the press, but embraced the term they were given “suffraGETtes” … implying they not only wanted the vote, but intended to ‘get it’.
Over one hundred years ago women campaigned to win the right to vote. Fundraising became a vital part and success of the suffragette movement … the brand remembered to this day …
|Emmeline Pethwick-Lawrence c 1910|
Two ‘Emmelines’ were charismatic leaders in the campaign – Emmeline Pankhurst as the main instigator/organiser of the movement, and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence as the Women’s Social and Political Union’s treasurer: she ended up in Government …
Fundraising was an essential for the movement and our second Emmeline (Pethick-Lawrence) was incredibly successful in this enterprise. She set up the brand colours … distinctive ones, while also ascribing values to them ...
Purple – the royal colour; and for freedom and dignity
White – for purity in private and public life
Green – the colour of hope, new beginnings and the emblem of Spring.
|Beautiful earrings in the|
This enabled women from all walks of life to promote their support for the Suffragette movement while wearing the colours – which cultivated a strong emotional connection throughout the membership.
The merchandise ranged from hats, dresses, sashes, jewellery, badges, ribbons, rosettes, postcards, posters … the whole gambit – whatever would suit the purse …
There were suffragette shops – while producers and merchants also jumped on the band wagon offering innumerable items in purple, white and green … Selfridges, Lilley and Skinner, Derry and Toms … even tricolour underwear?!
There was a weekly newspaper ‘Votes for Women’ – selling advertising space for these suffragette items … their readership was 40,000.
The link below is fascinating … reminding me of so much that we see today … the suffragettes were ahead of their time … it took over 20 years … but in 1928 we won the right to vote … as long as we were 21 – now universal suffrage is 18 years of age – promulgated in 1969.
|The Holloway Prison brooch|
for those ladies who had
Thus we have a brief post on the clever fund-raising and brand style of the Suffragette Movement … remembering the courageousness of those early members – who had to endure so much to bring attention to their cause.
|This book is available|
World War One intervened … but the genie was out of the bottle … women eventually got the vote.
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