[Small Collection of Ephemera Related to Temperance Convention in Edinburgh, 1925, Followed by a Tour Around Britain and the Continent]. Ephemera, Woman's Christian Temperance Union.
[Small Collection of Ephemera Related to Temperance Convention in Edinburgh, 1925, Followed by a Tour Around Britain and the Continent]
[Small Collection of Ephemera Related to Temperance Convention in Edinburgh, 1925, Followed by a Tour Around Britain and the Continent]
[Small Collection of Ephemera Related to Temperance Convention in Edinburgh, 1925, Followed by a Tour Around Britain and the Continent]
[Small Collection of Ephemera Related to Temperance Convention in Edinburgh, 1925, Followed by a Tour Around Britain and the Continent]
[Small Collection of Ephemera Related to Temperance Convention in Edinburgh, 1925, Followed by a Tour Around Britain and the Continent]
[Small Collection of Ephemera Related to Temperance Convention in Edinburgh, 1925, Followed by a Tour Around Britain and the Continent]
[Small Collection of Ephemera Related to Temperance Convention in Edinburgh, 1925, Followed by a Tour Around Britain and the Continent]

[Small Collection of Ephemera Related to Temperance Convention in Edinburgh, 1925, Followed by a Tour Around Britain and the Continent]

Three letters, 1 notebook, 14 post cards, 1 tour brochure, and 1 leaflet collected by American women attending the World's Woman's Christian Temperance Union convention in Edinburgh in June 1925.

According to news reports, 2,000 women from 51 countries attended the anti-alcohol convention in the capital of Scotch whisky.

The irony of meeting in Edinburgh was probably not lost on any of the delegates, which included 200 American women: "The tall chimney stacks of Edinburgh's breweries and distilleries rise everywhere to remind the temperance workers from all parts of the world that they are in the heart of the enemy's country." (Associated Press report published in The New York Times, June 20, 1925, page 6).

The collection consists of:

--A rare leaflet, single sheet folded to create [4] pages, published by the World's WCTU recapping the conference. No institutional copies in OCLC, none in commerce.

--Travel brochure, 12 pages, for American delegates leaving by ship from New York. The tour covers England and Scotland, with 6 days in Edinburgh for the temperance convention. There are also options to extend the trip to continental Europe.

--A notebook kept by one of the women on the trip. It covers the several weeks following the conference, when she and others toured Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Switzerland. Much of the notebook is a factual listing or recounting of everything she saw, including trips to military cemeteries, monuments, and occasional forays for shopping: "Liberty for scarfs." She mentions that some women on the tour have been sick but that's she fine.

--Six postcards from England and Scotland with the handwriting of Mary Ann Schenck (1865-1966) of Morristown, New Jersey. Two of the postcards are addressed to her children, Robert and Pauline. The four other postcards contain writing by Schenck but were not mailed.

--Four postcards from England and France, unused.

--Two postcards from England and Scotland addressed to Schenck's children and signed "M.B.T." (or so it appears).

--Two additional postcards from England and Scotland (unmailed) in another hand with notes about the trip. Example: "Say Kesic not Keswick."

--Envelope containing three letters. The envelope is addressed to Robert Schenck in care of the Union Pacific Agent, West Yellowstone, Montana, with the return address being that of Pauline Schenck in Morristown.

Two of the letters are from women who made the trip to Europe; they write frankly about Britain and Switzerland. One writes: "The worst part of the trip is hurrying and then there are too many for all to get the full benefit of what the guides tell."

Another writes: "every thing is very expensive and nothing but nic nacks stores, some women buy lots of trashey stuff."

The third letter is from Pauline to her brother Robert. Though not having anything to do with the European trip, it's nonetheless interesting and chatty: "I rec'd your telegram from Newark & was of course glad to get it. I was glad to hear about the party. Get to know them all. In a month with nothing else to do you ought to learn a lot of new names & make many friends. I read in the paper that Pres. Coolidge's physician did not like his eating such hardy meals on the train. When he arrived in Swampscot the physician made him exercise. Now don't come home with too big a stomach..."

An interesting collection of material stemming from the Edinburgh temperance convention of 1925 and a subsequent trip by some American women.

CONDITION: Postcards and letters show some edge wear and toning (Very Good), paper notebook heavily worn with a few stains (Fair-Good), leaflet and tour brochure show marginalia and handling wear, leaflet with folds (Fair-Good). Item #2399

Price: $225.00

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