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Suffrage parade tunic. Light-weight weave; machine-stitched; gold with faded purple unselvaged sewn-on trim around collar and front and back of arm slots (gold, white and purple were the colors of the suffrage movement); all edges unselvaged/unhemmed, now frayed.; "WISCONSIN" stamped in purple lengthwise on front from collar to bottom edge; shift top, gathered/pleated at waist to produce flaring skirt; left side open from shoulder to 6.5" above bottom edge, fastens together at shoulder with 2 metal hooks and at waist with 1 metal hook; v-neck collar in front, scoop collar in back; "40" written in pencil on inside back collar. Unselvaged same-cloth yellow tie tethered at back left side at waist with purple thread. 04/17/2009 email from Helen Bannan, Associate Professor Emerita, Women's Studies and History, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh: Regarding the yellow tunics, "I had read a lot about those tunics in the Wisconsin Women's Suffrage Association (WWSA) Papers. (I can get them sent up to UWO Archives from the Historical Society in Madison, and look at them there). Miss Etelka Jacobi of Milwaukee was the WWSA committee chair for the Chicago Suffrage Parade in 1916, and she had the tunics made, and sold them to the Wisconsin marchers for 50 cents apiece--which they thought was quite expensive!" Also see 05/13/2009 email from Helen Bannan in object folder, much more detail regarding the tunic and the suffrage parade in Chicago.
Tunic -SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT AND WOMEN'S HISTORY -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum

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