CARRY A. NATION - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 18175
CARRY A. NATION Small sheet of paper signed by hatchet-armed temperance agitator Carry A. Nation with her left hand! Signature: "Carry A. Nation". 4x2. Notation beneath signature in unknown hand: "Washington/DC/1214 D St NW/Written with her/left hand
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CARRY A. NATION
Small sheet of paper signed by hatchet-armed temperance agitator Carry A. Nation with her left hand!
Signature: "Carry A. Nation". 4x2. Notation beneath signature in unknown hand: "Washington/DC/1214 D St NW/Written with her/left hand". American temperance agitator Nation (1846-1911) maintained that since she lived in Kansas (since 1889), a prohibition state, and since saloons were illegal in Kansas, any citizen could destroy liquor, furniture and fixtures in a place selling intoxicants. Armed with a hatchet, Nation and her followers went on wrecking expeditions throughout the state with cries of "Smash, ladies, smash!" She was arrested 30 times between 1900 and 1910 and often imprisoned, fined, clubbed and even shot at. Her name is sometimes spelled "Carrie", but she preferred "Carry A. Nation" for obvious reasons. Nation, whose first husband had died an alcoholic, believed that she had divine approval for her crusade, calling herself "God's bulldog." Many saloons carried a sign reading, "All Nations welcome except Carrie." Presumably, her left-handed signature implied that she was wielding a hatchet in her right. Mounting remnants on verso (light show-through at blank corners). Lightly soiled. Overall, fine condition.
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