Cultural Artifact: Victory Horns, Parade Horns And Suffragettes

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Horn 1Artist unknown, United States, Trenton New Jersey

Suffragette Horn

Circa: Early 20th Century

Tin, with paint decor

Size: in inches (centimeters follows as 33 X 33 cm)

horn 4By the early 1890’s in the United States two organizations united for greater

success to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA).

The NAWSA accomplished their goals through a wide spread and colorful

campaign. For two decades these women held marches, parades, and held acts of

protests that displayed symbolic meaning to the women.

One item that became a monumental symbol for this movement was the

Suffragette horn. This horn was used by the women during their demonstrations to

amplify their presence by creating noise while they gave speeches or protests. This

symbol was not only an object for the women to use but it was displayed on

posters, buttons and advertisements. The horn was usually displayed in colors that

had meaning to the group; red white and blue to display patriotic pride or white,

gold, and purple which became the colors of the movement.

The item made a pronounced and important impact on the suffrage campaign

for women in the United States. The item communicates the voice of the

protestors, the colors of patriotism, the imagery of a battle charge, and the

grandness of announcement. The inscription into the paint on tin reads as: Victory

Parade 1918, Mia [indistinguishable,] America Settled [indistinguishable]. A

possible mouth reed for amplification is fashioned from tin, and fitted to the horn.


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