Mabel Howell in WW1 training motor car of the Women’s Legion c 1915


A very good photograph, almost certainly a real photograph post card but now stuck to part of an old leaf. The card is 5¼ x 3½ ins. A very clear card and interesting for several reasons. Mabel Howell was the Secretary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement and here she is in the military style uniform adopted by the Women’s Legion, an entirely voluntary movement set up in 1915 by Edith Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Marchioness of Londonderry. This period marks an important point in female emancipation when the shortage of men, away at the War, opened up numerous avenues for work, both paid and voluntary for the female population. Very few women would have driven motor cars before 1914.  may10/2     SOLD 16th August 2021