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Vintage Tweets

Suffrage Era Postcards

by Carol N. Crossed

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Vintage Tweets is a touching, amusing and insightful collection of 100 year old suffrage postcards, the social media of the late 19th, early 20th century.  The coffee table display features 400 postcards from the author’s own collection and tells of the struggle of both support and opposition of the early woman’s movement. Vintage Tweets is a tribute to one of the most radical eras in U.S. history.

About the Author

Carol Crossed is the President and Founder of the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams, Massachusetts. In 2006, Carol purchased and restored the birthplace of Susan B. Anthony. Four years later, it opened as a historic house museum honoring the feminist foremother. Carol is the recipient of the Northern Berkshire Massachusetts Business and Professional Women Award. Carol is also a founder for the Harriet Tubman Museum in Southern New Jersey.

Upcoming Presentations & Signings

April 3, 2024, 7:00 pm

Ellicottville Historical Society,

Ellicottville Memorial Library, Ellicottville, NY

April 13, 2024, 2:00 pm

Warsaw Historical Society,

United Church of WarsawWarsaw, NY

*Warsaw native, Ella Hawley Crossett, served as President of the NY State Suffrage Association and organized suffrage conventions in the early 1900's, one of which was attended by her friend Susan B. Anthony.

April 28, 2024, 2:00 pm

Amenia Historical Society, Amenia, NY

May 14, 2024, 1:00 pm

Bennington Retired Teachers Association, Bennington, MA

*Bennington activist, Mary Amelia Spargo, helped organize the March of Four Hundred Women on April 21, 1920 at Vermont State House.

May 21, 2024, 7:00 pm

The Cattaraugus Allegany County League of Women Voters, Olean, NY

July 3, 2024

Cape May Museums + Art + Culture, Cape May, NJ

October 9, 2024, 7:00 pm

Fenton History Center, Jamestown, NY

*Jamestown woman, Edith Ainge, was a trailblazer for the National Woman's Party. Ainge visited DC to campaign and was jailed for her peaceful demonstrations

* = Suffrage Site History

Click here to learn more Suffrage Postcard Presentations.

In the News

Praise  for Vintage Tweets

“Postcards served as early 20th century memes that expressed social commentary about woman suffrage. An amusing and insightful collection, Vintage Tweets illustrates a myriad of themes: henpecked husbands, women’s moral impact on society, and the bicycle’s influence on the enlarging women’s sphere. Postcards featuring Susan B. Anthony, are prominently featured.”            

  ‐Jeanne Gehret,

Author of Susan B. Anthony and Justice for All 

“Witty, yet poignant, possibly risqué or controversial today, but frankly, Vintage Tweets honestly highlights how a cause or fight can be achieved without violence. It is as relevant today as then.”

                                             -Chris Podzuweit

 Executive Director & Curator, Seneca Falls Historical Society 


“An eye catching story of American history through the exchange of penny postcards, Vintage Tweets reveals how hard-fought and at times bitter were the social struggles that played out among ordinary citizens over women’s suffrage, abolition, prohibition. As the proud great-granddaughter of a Coloradan suffragist, I took particular pleasure in reminiscing about how my own long-ago family members sent, received, delighted or mocked the colorful postcards that were commonplace in 19th century and early 20th-century lives.”        

‐Sheila O’Connor-Ambrose, Ph.D.

 Emory University, Atlanta, GA 

"Carol Crossed systematically presents the triumvirate of women’s issues, abolition, temperance, suffrage, Thought-provoking explanations of each category cleverly serve as an additional layer of historical interest.  Vintage Tweets serves to enlighten and refresh our memory on this most significant milestone in democracy."

 -Mary Ann Sachse Brown, Author, Celebrating Women of Leavenworth Co. Kansas, Leavenworth County Historical Society


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