Votes for Women First Day Cover + SWEETS!
Votes for Women
On 15th February 2018 we officially released our special first day cover which celebrated the Centenary of Votes for Women.
It was in February 1918 that ‘The Representation of the People Act of February 1918’, a hugely significant milestone in the women’s suffrage campaign was passed by government. The Act allowed women over the age of 30 the right to vote in general elections if they already voted in local government elections or were married to men who did. However, it was to be another 10 years before all women got the vote on the same basis as men with the passing of the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act in 1928.
When we were planning this cover it was our intention to approach high profile women who could each sign a small batch of just 25 covers and so we set about the task of doing just that. First to agree was the fantastic actress Dame Harriet Walter, whose distinguished career has seen her in some very notable shows, broadcasts and films including Star Wars, Mary Stuart, Atonement, The Crown, Sense and Sensibility, Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife and many many others. However it is her role as Emmeline Pankhurst in the Radio 4 drama ‘Home Front’ which made her the perfect signatory for our Votes for Women First Day Cover, even more so when it came to light that a lot was recorded in Folkestone where we are based!
Later success came when Helen Pankhurst agreed to sign the stamps for her chosen charity; CARE International. Helen is an international development and women’s rights activist and writer. She is currently CARE International’s senior advisor working in the UK and Ethiopia and is of course the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, who were both leaders in the British suffragette movement.
Other notable signers including actress Helena Bonham Carter (who featured in the Suffragette Film), Edwina Currie (former Tory MP), Lynne Franks OBE (Women’s Rights Speaker), Kate Pankhurst (Author/illustrator of ‘Fantastically Great Women’), Dame Margaret Beckett (Labour MP and the First Female Foreign Secretary) and Dr Naomi Paxton (performer, writer & researcher) who’s doctoral look at the contribution of theatre professionals to the Suffrage Campaign.
And to the part all 10 of you have been waiting for…the SWEETS!
Earlier this week a packaged arrived with an accompanying letter apologising (quite unnecessarily) for the delay of returned Votes for Women first day covers, the covers and letter were from Dr Naomi Paxton. Within the package was the signed 25 covers as promised and a bag of special ‘Votes for Women’ sweets! Definite bonus points have been allocated to Dr Paxton and she has definitely raised the bar for future autographed editions.
We still have some very limited numbers available of our Votes for Women first day cover and autographed first day covers. Take a look over at https://www.buckinghamcovers.com/vote100 to see what we have. Also we might even send one of the sweets with you’re order if you’re quick and we’ve not eaten them all!
All the Best,