Things I like: suffragettes, war workers, factory girls, socialites who got stuff done, ladies who ruled countries, and women who changed the world, even if it was just a little bit. Click on photos for sources.
Ladies ticket to the Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace, then in Hyde Park. The Exhibition ran from May 1, 1851 to October 15, 1851. Designed by Prince Albert to highlight British culture and industry, the exhibit also included displays from Britain’s colonial territories and sovereign nations such as the US and France.
The price of admission was initially £3 for gentlemen and £2 for ladies. In today’s money, that would be about £327 for gentlemen and £218 for ladies. Beginning on May 24th, admission was reduced to one shilling per person (around £5.45 in today’s money), putting the exhibit with the reach of the working classes.
Presented to Congress on January 29, 1866, signers of this Petition for Universal Suffrage included pioneer suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and members of the former Women’s Loyal National League, Ernestine Rose, Lucy Stone, and Antoinette Brown Blackwell. This exceptional combination of signatures represents some of the period’s foremost advocates for suffrage and abolition.
The Children’s Center at Kloster Interhofen was established by the UN’s Relief and Rehabilitation Administration to house homeless non-German children after the war. Most but not all of the children at the center were Jewish. For example, Jadwiga Szulikowska was separated from her mother, a Polish forced laborer, during the bombing of Munich.
The US Holocaust Memorial Museum is actively looking for information about the children pictured. A complete list of the Remember Me? children can be found here.
The Chrisman Sisters on a claim in Goheen settlement on Lieban (Lillian) Creek, Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right Hattie, Lizzie, Lutie, and Ruth.
Lizzie Chrisman filed the first of the sisters’ homestead claims in 1887 while Lutie filed the following year. Because of age restrictions on homesteaders, Ruth and Hattie waited until 1892 to file their claims.
Many homesteaders found that a single claim could not sustain a family, so combining resources was a good solution. Together, the Chrisman sisters’ claims totaled 1,920 acres. The sisters took turns living with each other in order to fulfill the five-year residency requirement without living alone.