Equal Suffrage League Float, Thrift Day Parade, March 23, 1918

Files

VCU M 9 Box 239 f 242 ESL of VA parade float 1918 rsz.jpg
Woman Citizen April 20 1918_ESL of VA Thrift Stamp Parade float p414.jpg

Title

Equal Suffrage League Float, Thrift Day Parade, March 23, 1918

Description

Equal Suffrage League of Virginia float depicting the Barge of State with Victory at the prow. 

This photograph was taken at the Thrift Day Parade held the afternoon of Saturday, March 23, 1918 in Richmond, VA. According to newspaper reports, over 20,000 people participated and over 100 floats were present. 

This photograph was published in the April 20, 1918 issue of The Woman Citizen. Adele Clark and Nora Houston, Richmond art teachers and leaders in the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia (ESL), decorated the float which was sponsored by the Richmond league of the ESL.

 The “boat” was occupied by children and others in costumes representing “the extensive war service work being done by the League in conservation, Red Cross, Liberty Loan and food production” (Woman Citizen, 414).

The location of this image is the 100 block of the N. 4th St. directly across the street from the ESL headquarters. Holding the ESL banner are Ida Mae Thompson (1866–1947) and Edith Clark Cowles (1874-1954), both members of the ESL. Ralph Harvie Wormeley is dressed as Uncle Sam.

Creator

Equal Suffrage League of Virginia

Source

Photograph: M 9 Box 239 f242, Adèle Goodman Clark papers, 1849-1978, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries

Article: Woman Citizen, April 20, 1918, Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries

Date

Photo: 1918 March 23
Article: 1918 April 20

Contributor

Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries

Rights

These items are in the public domain. Acknowledgement of the Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries as a source is requested.

Notes

Learn more: 
National Woman Suffrage Association, Social Welfare History Project
Women's Suffrage: The Movement, Social Welfare History Project
Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 24, 1918, Virginia Chronicle, Library of Virginia
Woman Citizen, April 20, 1920, Social Welfare History Image Portal

Citation

Equal Suffrage League of Virginia, “Equal Suffrage League Float, Thrift Day Parade, March 23, 1918,” Social Welfare History Image Portal, accessed December 15, 2017, http://images.socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/items/show/189.