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See What They Say! A pre-1917 New York referendum newspaper ad

NY Sun, November 5 1917, Library of Congress

Era: Suffrage Era | Media: Newspapers

In the run-up to the November 6, 1917 suffrage referendum in New York, this ad ran in newspapers across the state, a showcase of the measure’s powerful political support from top political and governmental figures. It was only one aspect of the suffrage campaign’s multi-pronged, multi-class approach to the state’s all male voters. Note that the ad is signed by Frank Vanderlip for the Men’s Advisory Committee. Vanderlip, the president of the National City Bank (now Citibank), was a treasurer of the Men’s League for Woman Suffrage and the “suffrage husband” of Narcissa Cox Vanderlip, one of the state’s most important leaders and campaigners in the last determinative decade of the suffrage movement.

The copy below is from the New York Sun, November 5, 1917, p. 2. It ran  the day before the voting, and was retrieved from the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America newspaper collection.

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