"Group of women activists holding protest posters and an American flag, being directed by policemen, at an unidentified location" is mostly right

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When: 01 April 1920

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Good morning all! Continuing the Irish Political Figures images, today we have women carrying placards at some unknown location in protest at the "reign of terror" in Ireland. Not a dog in sight and wet enough to be Dublin or London but where was it and who were they?

Sharon.corbet correctly notes that the label for this image has been 'swapped' for another. And should almost certainly instead read "Two women activists holding protest posters at an unidentified location". That mistake however helps with confirmation of location, as almost certainly this image was part of a series taken near the British Embassy in Washington DC - during protests against the then ongoing Irish War of Independence. Sharon highlights an album of images covering similar events in the same area/period. oaktree_brian_1976 provides a link to a contemporary news article, which has a near identical image, and seems to confirm the ladies pictured as "Mrs James Walsh and Mrs Harry Walker of New York City" picketing the Washington embassy in April 1920....

Photographers: Various

Collection: Irish Political Figures Photographic Collection

Date: Catalogue date December 1920. Likely April 1920.


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    • 21/Aug/2017 08:27:26

    The descriptions are a bit mixed up - this is the photo with the American flag and the policeman.

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    • 21/Aug/2017 08:38:53

    Outside the British Embassy in Washington according to this photo showing similar placards.

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    ✿ willem ツ

    • 21/Aug/2017 08:42:44

    Well-dressed ladies, like the Suffragettes.

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    • 21/Aug/2017 09:04:28

    Here's a photo of the British Embassy at the time, at 1300 Connecticut Ave.

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    • 21/Aug/2017 09:05:37

    Streetview - looks a bit different now.

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    • 21/Aug/2017 09:33:00

    There is an album full of photos of the April 1920 pickets on flickr, with more info.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/Aug/2017 09:34:17

    Trove on pickets "reappearing" in April 1920. Muriel McSwiney was arrested here in November.

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    • 21/Aug/2017 09:55:28

    Yes, I am finding Good Friday 2nd April 1920 - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/93032868

    PICKETS AT BRITISH EMBASSY. (Reuter) WASHINGTON, Sunday - Women sympathizing with Ireland have withdrawn their pickets from the British Embassy. Mrs. Corliss, the leader, denied that the Department of State had called her off. She added that they picketed the Embassy on Good Friday to remind Great Britain and the Department of State of the crucifixion of Christ - and to call attention to the fact that Ireland was being crucified.
    IRISH PICKETS AT BRITISH EMBASSY. WASHINGTON, April 8. The Irish Republican sympathizers who picketed the British Embassy at Washington. and were dispersed, made another appearance there to-day and were arrested. The persons who were previously arrested for a similar offence complain of the diet of Irish potatoes during their detention.

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    O Mac

    • 21/Aug/2017 10:05:23

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Notes on verso--- "Dec., 1920". "Protests occured during Muriel MacSwiney's tour of the United States." MacSwiney was there from the 4th Dec '20 until to Jan/feb 1921.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Aug/2017 11:32:02

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet I gathered that Sharon but put up what was on the image as presented.

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    • 21/Aug/2017 12:00:15

    One on the left looks like Mrs Thomas K Corliss, protest leader. After the police broke it up, she had pamphlets dropped from an airplane. The Lake County times. (Hammond, Ind.), 13 April 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86058242/1920-04-13/ed-... One on the right looks like Mrs. Harry Walker (different lady on the left). The Guthrie daily leader. (Guthrie, Okla.), 15 April 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86063952/1920-04-15/ed-...

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    • 21/Aug/2017 12:41:06

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Your second link is brilliant - a footstep different from above. "Mrs James Walsh and Mrs Harry Walker of New York City". Presumably left to right, and has to be April due to the newspaper date of 15/4/20. Other articles on that page are of interest - a cure for dandruff!

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    La Belle Province

    • 21/Aug/2017 12:50:03

    Ah, those hats! And the lady on the right is wearing be-spatted boots. Not to diminish the importance of the cause.

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    • 21/Aug/2017 13:17:30

    Having watched Andrew Marr's recent programme on BBC, there can be no doubting the courage and determination of the suffragettes. Not for the faint hearted.

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    • 21/Aug/2017 14:06:25

    Yet again an extremely interesting image. I notice 'England' rather than 'Britain'.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Aug/2017 23:44:20

    Excellent. Thanks again to https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet and https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] for getting/keeping the ball rolling (and everyone else for the contributions). Amazing to have confirmation of date, location and names of the women pictured. (If perhaps their names by way of association with their husbands. A clearer sign-of-the-times perhaps than the placards themselves....)

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    • 22/Aug/2017 07:58:29

    See also articles with similar photos in Evening star (Washington), April 02, 1920, Page 2 chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1920-04-02/ed-... and The Washington times., April 02, 1920, FINAL EDITION, Image 1 chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84026749/1920-04-02/ed-...

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 31/Aug/2017 09:00:07

    Cool capture