Thursday, February 14, 2013

Women Fighting to get Young Men to Fight

The inside of the Montreal Art Gallery around 1900-1910. This is where I have Edith Nicholson faint in Diary of a Confirmed Spinster. The ebook is available on Kindle.

I had read it had a skylight, but seeing this photograph (off the McCord Musuem's Flickr Stream: creative commons)  it is obvious to me why. How else could patrons see the paintings? The managers couldn't light the room by lamplight.

Soon after WWI Montreal had a new art gallery where the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts stands and I guess it was electrified..

They really piled the picture one upon the other in those days, to save space I guess.

Here's a picture of the WWI Recruiting Exhibit in 1915. It look as if it is in the new art gallery on Sherbrooke. (I've been in that room many times, I think.) Everything to impress the 15 year old boy, that's for sure.

My next story in the series is set during WWI and includes the suffragists and reformer ladies, who were all for conscription, so much so that they allowed Premier Borden to put through Limited Woman Suffrage in 1917, where only the widows, wives, sisters and mothers of soldiers at the front got to vote.

I'm trying to figure out if the Suffrage Group actually suggested the move in the first place, but it looks like it was Arthur Meighen's idea. They just went to their membership and asked if given full suffrage would women vote for the Union Government and the answer came back NO.

Here's the Montreal Art Gallery on the right at Phillip's Square. The square was considered a Woman's Square, with a department store, church and park with NO BENCHES! Women were expected to uplift the home with their knowledge of fine art. Somewhere on the right side of the street, across from the St. James Methodist, (you can see the spires, it's just a minute away, past Holman's Theatre) there's the Edinburgh cafe, where the Montreal Suffrage Association was allowed to put  their propaganda up on the walls. Two women owned the cafe and they allowed organizations to hold meetings there, according to their ads. They also had musical meals.

And they advertised heavily and from every angle.. "come Christmas shoppers, students, tourists, lunches 50 cents. They even promoted a Meatless Meal during the war. 

All these pictures are off  McCord Musuem's photostream on Flickr, creative commons license.