Harnessing the Visual Power of Postcards and Greeting Cards
The National American Woman Suffrage Association sold a large supply of suffrage merchandise, particularly postcards bought in bulk by local groups. These were advertised in suffrage periodicals but also in a widely distributed catalog and price list. Popular cards included anything by feminist artist Rose O’Neill featuring her beloved “Kewpie” characters. Also sought were Katherine Milhous’s cartoon exposing hypocritical arguments that voting would unsex women, and stylized portraits of suffragists, including those by book illustrator Mary Shepard Greene Blumenschein. Pro-suffrage greeting cards, like this clever flowering yellow rose valentine, were also prevalent.