Father Christmas on four medieval style Christmas cards
Father Christmas on four medieval style Christmas cards -- playing Blind Man's Buff, carrying a large plum pudding, arriving at a family's front door, and distributing toys to the children.
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Suffragette selling copies of 'The Suffragette'
London Life - A Rotary Postcard photograph showing a suffragette selling copies of 'The Suffragette paper - October, 1912. The woman in the image is wearing a Holloway brooch, a brooch of honour designed by Sylvia Pankhurst for women who had been imprisoned in Holloway Prison. The brooch shows a portcullis symbol of the House of commons, the gate and hanging chains in silver and the superimposed broad arrow in purple, white and green enamel. The newsletter The Suffragette was published by the Womens Social and Political Union (WSPU). It replaced the earlier Votes for Women newsletter in 1912 when the WSPU became more militant. The issue which is on display in the photograph may concern an important letter by written by James Barr to the Prison Commissioners (right) in which he describes the force-feeding of Rose Howey in Walton Prison, Liverpool in January 1910. Prior to this letter the official position on force-feeding was that it was done in order to save lives however Barrs letter makes it clear that Howey was not at risk when she was force-fed. Date: 1912
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Sir William Treloar distributing Christmas gifts
Sir William Purdie Treloar (1843-1923) distributing Christmas gifts to the poor. He began his annual charitable activities in the East End of London by the distribution of Christmas hampers to poor and disabled Jewish children. He was Lord Mayor of London in 1906-1907 and became known as the Children's Lord Mayor, entertaining 1200 children at a banquet at the Guildhall. He built a hospital for disabled children: The Treloar Cripples' Hospital and College at Alton, Hampshire, later known as Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital, and today as Treloar College.
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