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    Suffragettes jewelry? That is interesting. What would classify as that jewelry?

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    There was a good BBC series about the Pankhursts and the Suffragette movement in the Uk. It was made in the mid-70s, I think. It was called Shoulder to Shoulder and starred Sian Phillips as Emmeline Pankhurst.

    I don't think it has ever neen repeated on TV. It was a talking point for many a feminist group and amongst female students.

    I have a number of pieces of Suffragette jewellry, which is collected avidly here.
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    Is the Duchess of Duke Street the one about the woman who becomes a great chef? I think I remember that one from the 70s or 80s. My small town library does get some of the British/BBC/PBS shows but they have limited funds. They are open to requests though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 19Sandy View Post
    Is the Duchess of Duke Street the one about the woman who becomes a great chef? I think I remember that one from the 70s or 80s. My small town library does get some of the British/BBC/PBS shows but they have limited funds. They are open to requests though.
    Yes, Louisa sets out to be a good cook, is taken up by the Prince of Wales,as a mistress, then he fifts her property which she parlays into a small hotel.

    I'm not sure I would ask my library to buy it if they don't nt have it since it is so old. I would think there is another way to get it, but I dont inow what that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by razz View Post
    Suffragettes jewelry? That is interesting. What would classify as that jewelry?
    Usually, it was a silent protest. Women wore things with amethyst, peridot and sometimes pearls, to show their commitment to the cause of women's suffrage. Basically, Edwardian style stuff but in those colours. Here's an example, although I think it might be suffragette-style!

    https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/4809...FRLgGwodAGAK-Q


    I have two pairs of earrings, a bracelet, 2 brooches and a pedant necklave.

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    They are quite distinctive and lovely. Wonder how they chose amethysts and why? Because it was a more affordable/available but lovely gem?
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    No, the colours of their movement were green and purple,with a flash of white.
    Many of them were wealthy women.

    Here's a bit more info
    http://irishwomenshistory.blogspot.c...fragettes.html

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    Another series, not really historical but rather fun, is Mapp & Lucia. I think they're remaking it. Geraldine McKewan's clothes are worth watching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pony mom View Post
    Another series, not really historical but rather fun, is Mapp & Lucia. I think they're remaking it. Geraldine McKewan's clothes are worth watching.
    I just ordered both Mapp and Lucia productions on dvd. I own the 1985 production on vhs, but I want a more useful media.

    as for the recent production, it hasnt been available on streaming services Ive seen nor on U.S. Dvds. Now, it might be available on
    Acorn, I dont know. But my friend has a European dvd player, so I hope to use it to view this.

    I do NOT buy dvds. I just dont do it, have no desire to own them. So you can see how deeply enthralled I am with Lucia and her friends! I make special accomodation for her.

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    Fascinating to read about all of this. Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by IshbelRobertson View Post
    No, the colours of their movement were green and purple,with a flash of white.
    Many of them were wealthy women.

    Here's a bit more info
    http://irishwomenshistory.blogspot.c...fragettes.html
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    OMG, I am still watching this series and learned more about WW1 than I thought I already knew. Just rent out Series Four if you want to see some fine acting and reliving history through ordinary people.

    Here's a link to what in tonight's episodes turns out to be a true story http://www.history.co.uk/study-topic...town-explosion

    The scullery maid took a job a few months ago at a munitions factory taking home a substantial income. During dinner one night, a huge explosion rocked the house at Eaton Place. They thought a Zepplin might have crashed on the river. The maid came back to the house around 3 a.m. the next day. She'd been at the plant when it blew. A huge order of TNT was sitting on the trains waiting to be taken out. The rooming house she lived in was blown to bits. She had nowhere to live. This was January 1917. She did a great acting job conveying what happened. This explosion is enormous. This is the cost of war to ordinary people. This is one of the reasons I became a pacifist, portrayals like these show me what happens to people trying to live through such times.

    The footman had also returned from the front with serious shell shock. What an acting job here too. The look in this guys eyes when he was able to speak about what was happening. The guy had been at the front for 2 years by now. He went from a cheeky, fun, young man with everything to live for to a crazed, anxious state. I realize it's only a story but it's helped me understand why war is always a bad choice IMHO. I've never celebrated any war nor wanted one to happen. I always feel I cannot express these thoughts. I would guess there cannot be much living history left. This is what good story telling can do, in a film or book, remind us what's important and why we come to certain beliefs.
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