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Panko or Votes for Women....

The Great Card Game Suffragists v. Anti-Suffragists. Pictures by E. T. Reed of Punch.

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Published: London Peter Gurney, Ltd., [c.1909]

Stock Code: 129234

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A complete set of the most popular suffragette card game, Panko, charmingly illustrated by Punch cartoonist Edward Tennyson Reed. The pack is split into two halves, with the illustrations for the four Suffragist suits heightened with purple and green colouring, depicting iconic suffragettes bearing the Votes for Women scroll and sash, and challenging a line of policemen, armed with umbrellas. Reed's illustrations for the four Anti-Suffragist suits are heightened with red and black colouring, and portray a series of stern-looking men standing in opposition to the women's cause; one particularly pointed sketch depicts a prison warden offering a meal to a hunger striker, the placard above reading "Holloway Restaurant", with the caption "Faim de siècle".
The game, which was distributed by the WSPU and a number of individual merchants across the country, was first advertised in Votes for Women in December 1909, and suffragette Mary Blathwayt is known to have given a set of Panko to her mother for Christmas that year. As Elizabeth Crawford writes, "the translation of the mechanics of the women's suffrage campaign into board and card games was a masterstroke that originated from within the Women's Social and Political Union. Not only were funds raised, but the message of the cause was brought into domestic circles where more rabid propaganda might not have been welcomed" (p. 235).

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Together 48 illustrated playing cards printed in colour, versos with purple curlicue block design and rectos with cartoons bordered with suit numbers and captions. With the printed instructions sheet and original card box, as issued.


Instructions sheet and box somewhat worn and foxed with some creasing, the cards in bright condition.


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