File 40 - Geese match holder.

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Geese match holder.

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  • [between 1910 and 1914] (Creation)

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1 match holder : ceramic ; 11 x 10 cm

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Alice Riggs Hunt, journalist and activist, was born in New York City June 14, 1884. She was educated at private schools in New York City, one being Graham's School for Girls from 1895-1898. In 1907-1908 she attended Columbia University as a student in the School of Journalism. Later she attended the Drake Business School. She was organizer, speaker and writer on both New York Campaigns for Women's Suffrage and in several other states. She contributed to the New York Evening Post, New York Tribune, New York Evening Mail, New York Call, London Daily Herald, La Vie Ouvriere (Paris), The Workers' Dreadnought, London, Bulletin of the Peoples, Council of America, and Bulletin of the American Woman Suffrage Association. She attended the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, attached to the American Commission to Negotiate Peace as special correspondent for the New York Evening Post. She attended the International Congress of Women in Zurich, 1919, as part of the American delegation. She was a member of Colonial Dames of America, Order of Colonial Lords of Manors in America and Huguenot Society of New York. She died August 21, 1974 in Calgary, Alberta. (Description from original in-house finding aid)

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A ceramic match holder featuring a gaggle of three geese standing in the grass with their heads raised and likely honking. Underneath the grass is an inscription that reads, “We want our Votes!” The match holder was likely created to make an anti-suffrage statement that equates suffragists with “silly geese.” The match holder was possibly made by Schafer & Vater, German makers of small ceramic items between 1910 and 1914.

The match holder was purchased by Anne Anderson Perry, a member of the Women’s Suffrage Association in Manitoba as table decoration for an event. Perry later gifted the match holder to Valance St. Just Patriarche, who worked as a movie censor at the time and who was against women receiving the vote. Valance held onto the item for several years and then it was offered to Special Collections & Archives as part of the Lady Aberdeen collection. While it is currently listed as part of the Alice Riggs Hunt fonds, it is unclear how it came to be associated with this fonds.

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The Manitoba Museum holds a near identical match holder as part of their collections. Reference number H9-38-361.

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Additional information about the provenance of this item can be found in a speech written and delivered by Elizabeth Long on the opening of the Lady Aberdeen Collection. The speech is found in SCA25-WA14-1-59 and a link to the description of this file can be found under Related Materials.

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Until August 2023, the item in this file was incorrectly identified as a bud vase. New information found in Women’s Suffrage Memorabilia: An Illustrated Historical Study by Kenneth Florey (p. 67 and A6 colour plate) and consultation with curatorial staff at the Manitoba Museum has led to the item being re-identified as a match holder.

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Re-described by JB in 2011.
Re-described by NM in 2023.

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  • English

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