Two suffrage exhibits part of American Democracy Collection

A Nellie Bly special: Trade Cards from the collection of Kenneth Florey on Vimeo.

Kenneth Florey’s suffrage movement collection has added to our understanding of the movement and what it took to win the vote.

The above video highlights trade card images of Nellie Bly. Now, Ken Florey has created two exhibits, “Women’s Suffrage Memorabilia” and “Two Women Presidential Candidates (Victoria Woodhull and Belva Lockwood)” for the online Google Arts & Culture’s American Democracy Collection. Dr. Florey, Professor Emeritus of English from Southern Connecticut State University, has written two books on suffrage artifacts, “Women’s Suffrage Memorabilia: an Illustrated Historical Study” and “American Women Suffrage Postcards: a Study and Catalog.”

The Google Arts & Culture’s American Democracy Collection brings together over 70 exhibits and 2500+ artifacts from 44 institutions dedicated to the preservation of U.S. political history and the practice of American democracy. The exhibition is open for all at and through the Google Arts & Culture mobile app for iOS and Android.

Google Arts & Culture is a product of the Google Cultural Institute and its partners designed to put the world’s cultural treasures at the fingertips of Internet users and to assist the cultural sector in sharing more of its diverse heritage online. The Google Cultural Institute has partnered with more than 1100 institutions, providing the Arts & Culture platform to over 400 thousand artworks and a total of 5 million photos, videos, manuscripts and other documents of art, culture and history.

Dr. Florey’s two exhibits for the American Democracy Collection include representations of such memorabilia from the Woman Suffrage movement as sashes, china, buttons and badges, postcards, pennants, ballots, sheet music, and photographs. Featured are images of both Belva Lockwood and Victoria Woodhull that have not been published previously in any form.

Dr. Florey’s belief is that memorabilia makes a significant statement about the nature of the suffrage movement. It has provided us with a glimpse of period attitudes and arguments for and against women’s rights that are only partially revealed in speeches, tracts, and documents. His collection has served as a research tool for scholars interested in suffrage history and ideology who have focused their studies not only on postcards but also on such diverse materials as cookbooks, sheet music, and buttons and badges. His website at continues to be a highly used and respected tool for both historians and collectors.

Below: A short video highlighting the postcards from 2015 book by Kenneth Florey.

“American Woman Suffrage Postcards” by Kenneth Florey on Vimeo.

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