Mrs. P.J. Gilligan's Saloon for Ladies

This image of a fictional saloon was created by illustrator Harry Grant Dart and appeared in the magazine Puck in 1908. It was intended to show how awful life would be if women were granted the right to vote.

Alas, Mrs. P.J. Gilligan's never had a "real" existence outside the paranoid imagination of her hostile creator. Suffragists back then were routinely attacked as "unsexed" or "mannish" in a way that is very similar to how feminists are attacked today as "lesbian" or "manhating" (some things never change). Why, if you let the ladies have the franchise, before you know it, they'll be boozing and brawling just like the gents. And then who will bake the pies and mind the babies, hmm?

Regardless of the intention, this place looks like it would be a lot of fun. Link -via Metafilter


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