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    Belva Lockwood: Risqué Mechanical Card. This 2.5" x 5" card depicts the second woman to run for president, Belva Lockwood. The mid-to-late 19th century was a period that spawned many social movements, reflected in the number of third parties that took the field in 1884. Besides the Democratic and Republican nominees, there were slates of candidates from the Prohibition, National Greenback Labor, and Equal Rights parties (Lockwood & Stow). Women could only votes in a few states, so Lockwood's candidacy was symbolic, if anything. Naturally, she was ridiculed in many quarters. In 1884 the men of Rahway, New Jersey, wore striped stockings and Mother Hubbard costumes to satirize the movement, but were laughed at instead. Lockwood appears here wearing a brown dress. The card is inscribed "Our Next President. Belvia [sic] Lockwood. But Do-N-T Give It Away." The dress is hinged and, when lifted, we see a crouching figure of Greenback Party candidate Benjamin Butler sitting on something that resembles a chamber pot and thumbing his nose. We are not sure of the connection between the two, but Butler garnered more than his share of controversy and ridicule. The card has a thin, vertical crease, but is otherwise clean and bright. Given his pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement, Lockwood material remains highly elusive and desirable.

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    November, 2010
    17th Wednesday
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