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The Refreshment department of the Women's Exhibition:1909

Christina Broom

The Refreshment department of the Women's Exhibition:1909
3 0 c m
actual image size: 31cm x 22cm

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The Refreshment department of the Women's Exhibition, May 1909. This two week fund-raising and recruitment event organised by the Women's Social and Political Union took place at the Prince's Skating Rink in Knightsbridge between 13th and 26th May. The refreshment department opened two days before the exhibition to cater for those setting up stalls. This photograph shows Suffragettes drinking tea from the tea service specially made for the event bearing Sylvia Pankhurst's trumpeting angel logo. On the table is a table cloth of Irish linen decorated with the bands of the colours. On the back wall can be seen an advertising poster for Perrier who donated mineral water for the stall.
The refreshment stall was the most successful of the 50 exhibition stalls taking a total of £600 over the two weeks. This success was in part due to the donations of refreshments from companies including Liptons, Perrier and Idris, the loan of a soda machine from the British Automatic Aerated Company for the making of ice-cream soda and the the suggestion in Votes for women that a good idea is to make up parties for tea....One must have tea somewhere why not at Princes. Invite your friends to meet you there for tea. Half way through the exhibition the newspaper also appealed to members for additional donations of chickens, hams, tongues, cake, sweets, strawberries & cream, tinned fruit, bread, butter, tea, coffee, sugar & milk. At the close of the exhibition additional funds were raised by the selling of the tea services, either as individual pieces or whole sets.

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1909 AD - 1909 AD
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