William Stanley Moore, Criminal.

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Captioned: “Opium dealer. Operates with large quantities of faked opium and cocaine.
A wharf labourer, who associates with water front thieves and drug traders.’

Annie Oakley, Princess of the West, 1860-1926.

Annie Oakley was the stage name of Phoebe Ann Moses, a sharpshooter whose skill at shooting led her to star in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show and made her a national celebrity.
She won numerous medals for her marksmanship, performed for royalty, and remains a legendary figure of the American West.
She was born in August, 1860 in the town of Greenville, Ohio.
From a young age, she became interested in shooting, but initially as a necessity: her father died when she was six years old and this left her family in desperate poverty.
Annie began hunting and trapping and would sell surplus game to locals.
Her skills gained larger attention when she won a shooting match with marksman Frank Butler at age 15.
Not only would she go on to marry Mr. Butler, but the pair would travel together and join Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.
Source: 20 Black and White Studio Portraits of “Princess of the West” Annie Oakley Posing With Her Guns ~ vintage everyday

Constance Markievicz, Suffragist and Socialist.

Constance Georgine Markievicz, known as Countess Markievicz.
(Born: 4 February 1868 – Died 15 July 1927) was an Irish Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil politician, revolutionary nationalist, suffragette and socialist.
A founder member of Fianna Éireann, Cumann na mBan and the Irish Citizen Army, she took part in the Easter Rising in 1916, when Irish republicans attempted to end British rule and establish an Irish Republic.
She was sentenced to death but this was reduced on the grounds of her sex.
On 28 December 1918, she was the first woman elected to the British House of Commons, though she did not take her seat and, along with the other Sinn Féin TDs, formed the first Dáil Éireann.
She was also the second woman in the world to hold a cabinet position (Minister for Labour of the Irish Republic, 1919–1922).
Read on via Constance Markievicz – Wikipedia

Georg Bose’s 18th century Electric Valentine’s Day Trick.

Georg Matthias Bose’s favourite party trick was to persuade a lady to stand on an insulated stool while a hidden operator charged her body with electricity.
An unsuspecting gentleman would then be invited to kiss the lady – and sparks would quite literally fly
Photograph: Public domain
Bose’s “Electric Kiss” (also called “Electric Venus”) demonstration was immensely popular with spectators, and it was little more than a variation on Stephen Gray‘s “Flying Boy” demonstration. 
An attractive young lady was invited to stand on a block of insulating resin, and she was given a moderate static charge from a spinning globe.
A young man from the audience was then invited to give her a kiss, and, in the process, the pair received a reasonable shock.
This demonstration combined both the scientific illustration of charge accumulation with the naughtiness of a stolen kiss, so it became a mainstay of all electrical showmen and scientific demonstrators.
via Wikipedia and The Guardian.

Millicent Fawcett, Suffragist.

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Born in 1847, Millicent Fawcett joined the London Suffrage Committee, in 1868 and in 1869 she spoke at the first public pro-suffrage meeting to be held in London.
The death of her husband on 6 November 1884 made Millicent temporarily withdraw from public life. She sold both family homes and moved into the house of Agnes Garrett, her sister. She resumed work in 1885, and began to concentrate on politics.
After the death of Lydia Becker, she became the leader of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS), the main suffragist organisation in Britain. She held this post until 1919, a year after the first women had been granted the vote.
After that, she left the suffrage campaign for the most part, and devoted much of her time to writing books.
When the First World War broke out in 1914, while the WSPU (Emily Pankhurst Suffragettes) ceased all of their activities to focus on the war effort, Fawcett’s NUWSS did not.
This was largely because as the organisation was significantly less militant than the WSPU, it contained many more pacifists, and general support for the war within the organisation was weaker.
The WSPU, in comparison, was called jingoistic as a result of its leaders’ strong support for the war. While Fawcett was not a pacifist, she risked dividing the organisation if she ordered a halt to the campaign, and the diverting of NUWSS funds from the government, as the WSPU had done.
The NUWSS continued to campaign for the vote during the war, and used the situation to their advantage by pointing out the contribution women had made to the war effort in their campaigns.
Fawcett is considered instrumental in gaining the vote for six million British women aged over 30-years of age in 1918.
via Millicent Fawcett

Suffragettes: ‘We owe it to their memory’ family stories 100 years on.

Gladice Keevil campaigning at the Manchester North West byelection in 1908. Photograph: Heritage Images/Getty Images
The fight for the right to vote for all was a long one, with many ideological – and physical – battles along the way.
A century after women got the vote, many people are still disenfranchised
A century on from one of the key legislative moments for the cause, the 1918 Representation of the People Act, we asked readers to share stories about their families’ involvement in the movement that eventually led to universal suffrage, and to tell us what it means to them today.
As part of our coverage of the anniversary, here are three of their stories.
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via ‘We owe it to their memory’: family stories 100 years since the suffragette movement | Life and style | The Guardian