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Post Lady, Kerrier, Cornwall, 1901 BB98_01839

Post Lady, Kerrier, Cornwall, 1901 BB98_01839


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Filename: BB98_01839.jpg

Size: 3751 x 5018 (8.9MB)

Date: 25th November 2011

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: English Heritage Images

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Post Lady, Kerrier, Cornwall, 1901 BB98_01839

This woman, working as a post lady, is emptying a post box at an unidentified location in Kerrier, Cornwall. Although it was relatively unusual for women to hold positions such as this at the time, it was not unknown, and many women were starting to campaign for equality through movements such as the suffragettes. Women over 21 achieved the vote in 1928, 27 years after this picture was taken. Photographed by Alfred Newton and Son, 1901

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This print captures a moment frozen in time, showcasing the resilience and determination of women in early 20th century Cornwall. The image features a post lady diligently emptying a post box at an undisclosed location in Kerrier, Cornwall, back in 1901. In an era when it was still relatively uncommon for women to hold positions of authority or responsibility, this courageous woman defied societal norms by taking on the important task of delivering mail. Her presence as a post lady reflects the gradual shift towards gender equality that was gaining momentum during this period. While many women were already starting to campaign for their rights through movements like the suffragettes, it would take another 27 years before women over 21 achieved the right to vote. This photograph serves as a powerful reminder of the struggles faced by pioneering women who fought for equal opportunities and recognition. Photographed by Alfred Newton and Son, this image not only captures history but also provides valuable insight into fashion trends, communication methods, and working conditions of that time. It is a testament to both the strength of character displayed by this remarkable woman and her contribution to society. As we gaze upon this extraordinary photograph today, let us remember those who paved the way for future generations' progress towards gender equality while acknowledging how far we have come since then.

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