Antique Memes

Wanderings through university and library image collections; etchings, leaflets, prints, lithographs, relics of yore. Items digitized from before the digital age. Let's remember what we forgot. Lest we forget.

ANTIQUE - collectible old item: a collectible decorative or household object that is valued because of its age, the style, traditions, and qualities of ancient times, old and often valuable, of interest to collectors

MEME - a cultural characteristic passed down through generations: any characteristic of a culture, e.g. its language, that can be transmitted from one generation to the next in a way analogous to the transmission of genetic information

Title: “I did not raise my girl to be a voter”. Parody from Puck of the anti-World War I protest song “I Did Not Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier” with the context altered to women’s suffrage. A conductor labeled “political boss” leads a lone female soloist surrounded by a male chorus with various labels including “procurer”, “child labor employer”, and “sweat shop owner”. Arguments in favor of granting women the right to vote included the contention that female voters would support laws that reduced prostitution, labor abuses, and other social evils.

Date: 1915, published 9 October on page 6 of Puck

Author: Merle De Vore Johnson (1874-1935). Author not named in bibliographic record.

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