The postcard titled ” Advice To Engaged Girls” mocks women active in the Indian club exercise fad in the early 1900s. The physical culture movement emerged in the US, UK, and Germany during the 19th century which emphasized the importance of exercise for health. This continued into the 20th century and can be the foundation […]Read more "Woman Using Indian Clubs Postcard (1910)"
The fortepiano is one the oldest surviving early pianos. The artifact remains on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The piano has only 54 keys, while modern pianos have 88. The structure is wing shaped similar to a hapsicord. The piano would produce a different sound,giving musicians more to work with. […]Read more "The Fortepiano (1720)"
This sculpture was from the 2nd century B.C.E, which depicts the face of a Nubian man. Nubia refers to the region along the Nile river between Aswan and central Sudan. The Nile valley composed many African civilizations. Meroe, Napata, Kerma, and Kush were major kingdoms. The art found provides a record of various peoples living […]Read more "Head of Man with Tight Curly Hair Sculpture ( 120-100 B.C.E)"
African art provides a record of the continent’s history. The King Obalufon II copper mask was produced in 1300. The mask was discovered in Ife. Ife and Oyo were prominent Yoruba kingdoms in the 14th century. These kingdoms were located in what is now modern Nigeria. There were more metal mask artifacts discovered in Nigeria […]Read more "King Obalufon II Copper Mask (1300)"
The Europa regina (Queen Europe ) was a type of map representation popular in 16th century Europe. This depiction of the European continent as a Queen appeared in the German atlas Cosmographia. Her head represents Spain and her left arm Italy ( with the orb as Sicily). England and Scotland are part of her scepter. […]Read more "Europa Regina from Cosmographia (1544)"
The Suffragette newspaper was produced by the Women’s Social and Political Union. This was the most prominent women’s suffrage organization in the British Empire. This issue was devoted to the memory of Emily Wilding Davison. Here Davison is shown as an angel with spectators looking on. Above her head reads a phrase “love overcometh. ” […]Read more "The Suffragette Newspaper in Memory of Emily Wilding Davison (1913)"
Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike was the first woman to be elected head of government in the world. She was first elected Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in 1960. The stamp of her commemorates the fifth Non-Alignment Movement summit conference in 1976. Sirimavo was chosen as the chairwoman of the Non-Alignment Movement that same year. Her […]Read more "Sirimavo Bandaranaike Stamp (1976)"
Soong Mei-ling was responsible for efforts in cementing the US-China relationship during World War II. She gave speeches and lobbied the US for support in the war against the Japanese Empire. The poster above is advertising her speech to Wellesley College in 1943. China was an important ally to the US during World War II. […]Read more "Soong Mei-Ling Wellesley College Speech Poster (1943)"
The Cedid Atlas was one the first mass published Arabic language atlases. Produced in Istanbul in 1803 it provided officials of the Ottoman Empire and its subjects a knowledge of the world. The Cedid Atlas Tercumesi included all the world continents. This map of Africa shows the boundaries before the scramble for Africa in the […]Read more "The Cedid Atlas Map of Africa (1803)"
Shirley Chisholm become the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Jet provided coverage of her campaign in 1972. She was also the first woman to participate in a United States presidential debate. During this period in American history, there was much political turbulence. The Vietnam War, civil rights movement, women’s rights movement, […]Read more "Shirley Chisholm’s Presidential Campaign Coverage in Jet Magazine (1972)"