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Women's Rights & Protest Ephemera

A Word from our Sponsor [Handbill protesting the KYA Bridal Fair]

[San Francisco]: n.p., [1969]. 8.5 x 11 inch handbill with light fold creases, else very good.

One of the flyers handed out by members of Women’s Liberation to women attending the KYA Bridal Fair, in a protest that was covered by Bay Area media at the time. Depicts a Modern Bride advertisement subversively, arguing that marriage is the “end of the road” for most women (“Not that single life is any better.”) Not in OCLC.



“War is obsolete because there can be no winner” – President Johnson, 1964

Ann Arbor, MI: Ann Arbor Women for Peace, [1960s]. Original, 8 1⁄2 x 11 flyer, folded vertically once to produce 5 1⁄2 x 8 1⁄4 inch anti-Vietnam War booklet. Some minor staining, else very good.

A group of wives of the anti-war faculty at Michigan established their own group: Ann Arbor Women for Peace. These indomitable ladies organized demonstrations, rallies, and vigils, collected baby teeth to test for radiation, sent valentines to public figures who spoke out against war, distributed origami cranes for Hiroshima Day, were evicted from the local Veterans Day parade for carrying peace signs, and refused to be intimidated when questioned by HUAC. Not in OCLC.



WOMEN’S CRANKY FILMS - Benefit for the IndoChinese Women’s Conference in Vancouver [small poster]

[San Francisco]: Woman’s Cranky Films, [1971]. 8.5 x 14 inch sheet poster with horizontal crease, else very good, depicting a mirror of a woman with a gun, distorted with moire pattern, crowned with a Woman’s power symbol. A ‘cranky film’ was a paper movie or cartoon sequence shown inside a simple wooden frame as street theatre, accompanied by narration, music and sound effects. Not in OCLC or in trade (2019.



Press release: Redstockings discloses Gloria Steinem's CIA cover-up

New York: Redstockings Women's Liberation Archives, 1975. 16pp. tabloid newspaper format brochure, folded horizontally, mild foxing and edgewear. Redstockings’ case about Steinem's role in the CIA-front Independent Research Service throughout the 1960s. Random House omitted these portions when it released its Redstockings anthology. Two holdings in OCLC.



Washington, D.C.: League of Women Voters, 1947. Original, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2” stapled pamphlet. 24p. Wear and chipping with extensive pencil notes on the cover, interior and back, very good. Three holdings in OCLC (2 in the U.S.) with none in trade (2019).

This memo was published to assist League members in carrying out the program of the League of Women Voters in the U.S., adopted by the representatives of the members at the biennial convention of 1946. Only two OCLC holdings in the U.S. and one in Paris. Uncommon.


6.  First pamphlet from the Tallahassee Women’s Liberation Movement


PM 3: The Women’s Movement / Where It’s At! Women in the Military. THIS IS YOUR PROPERTY. IT CANNOT LEGALLY BE TAKEN FROM YOU.

Tallahassee, Florida: Florida Free Press, 1971. First printing. 8 1/2 x 11 inch newsprint. 7pp folded to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Mild stain to front cover; some spotting to foredges, else very good. Only 6 holdings in OCLC; none in commerce (2019).

The first publication out of Tallahassee on the Women’s Liberation Movement was a six page mimeo put out by Tallahassee Folk University as a study aid of what was happening in the Women’s Movement in terms of literature. As the word about this mimeo spread, new material was incorporated. PM 3 was probably the most complete listing of this type at this time. It lists periodicals, research/search aids/pamphlets, packets, paperbacks and new media efforts.

“Female liberation is not an organization. It is a nation-wide grassroots movement of women who are getting together to discuss their oppression and to decide what they must do to end it...” - Female Liberation Movement of Chapel Hill.




Danger! Pornography??? “A Woman’s Liberation” / World’s Greatest Female Moment!

Np: Np: nd. [Ca. 1960s]. Original film poster. 27 3/4 x 41 3/4” orange poster with 1 inch white border. One vertical fold with three horizontal folds, three tiny holes (not affecting text), probably caused when removed a bulletin board and staples ripped out. Some chipping and small tears. Scarce. Not in OCLC.

This was an authentically documented film that was expertly researched for three years/consenting adults only/ X-RAY-TED/ “To all men and women who might be offended by the most complete understanding of carnal knowledge. Any adult entering this theatre does so on their own volition, free will and without recourse to the management of this theatre” (from poster). No holdings in OCLC.


Political Handbill in celebration of ASSATA SHAKUR

International Day in Solidarity with Women Political Prisoners, Nov 2, 1990

Valencia, CA: Women Against Imperialism/The Out of Control Lesbian Committee to Support Women Political Prisoners, 1990. 8 1/2 x 11 inch, rose colored, original hand bill in celebration of the 11th anniversary of the escape of Black liberation activist Assata Shakur. Near fine. Not in OCLC.



New Paltz, NY: Society of Automotive Engineers/New York Public Interest Group, [nd]. Original offset lithograph poster printed in blue and yellow ink. Features a decorative design that incorporates curved lines and figurative wing motifs. "Sae & Nypirg Present" is printed at top center above "Earth Day / Sat. May 5th 1990 / Noon Til Dark" in large text that encircles an image of the Earth with five feathers hanging from the bottom. The Earth appears within a yellow circle that has a blue border with ferns and grasses on either side. Text on the lower portion of the page reads: "SUNY. New Paltz Oldman Quad / Featuring / Richie Havens / Also / Special Musical Guests, Workshops, Speakers, New Games, Collective Mural Painting, Drum Circle, Tablers, May Pole, Food, No Alcohol Please, For Info Call, 914-257-3085." Art by Michael DuBois.


10. [ART] LMNOPi (artist) RISE UP! WE ARE THE 99%

Brooklyn: LMNOPi, [2012]. Silkscreen poster. 12 x 18”. Original design for OCCUPY WALL STREET (OWS). Signed by artist. Not in OCLC.



Brooklyn: LMNOPi, [2012]. Silkscreen poster printed on recycled paper. 25 1⁄4 x 12 3⁄4” From a drawing of an OWS activist by an OWS activist. Signed by artist. Near fine. Not in OCLC.


11 1/2 x 17 1/2" original posters.  Collection of seventeen Roller Derby posters from the Bleeding Heartland Roller Derby team.  Near fine.
Roller Derby is unique as a sport , as a structure and as a social phenomenon. 
Over the last three decades, a new evolution in women's athletics has been taking hold across the United States. Fueled by adrenaline and dedication, with roots back to the early 20th century, women's roller derby is making a frantic comeback on a grass-roots and national level. State to state,  leagues are forming for the love of the skate. Skill and devotion set the pace for an exciting and empowering display of athletic skill and prowess in a physically aggressively all-women sport.

These leagues are skater-owned and operated with a do-it-yourself attitude.  Skaters wear fishnet stockings, short skirts and mad makeup.  The sport combines punk rock aesthetic, pin-up pulchritude and athletic ability all in one.  These are big events brought to the masses by entrepreneurial-minded women running businesses while also venturing into a new game.

The famed artist Robert Williams coined the term "lowbrow" 'to describe the American Art Movement that was taking place in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  When Williams started Juxtapos Art & Culture Magazine in 1994, his purpose was to unearth underground and outlaw artists like himself.  This new art movement shunned the conceptual and abstract, embracing art school groupthink.  Instead, it was inspired by B-movies, horror and science fiction films comic books, tattoos, hot rods, pin-up art and pop culture. Roller Derby embraces the same ethic and values held by Williams.  Its DIT spirit, which might not be generally accepted in mainstream, thrive in RD art.  RD can be considered an offshoot of an already thriving subculture and it continues, as does lowbrow to seep into mainstream.

The Women's Roller Derby Collection contains a large range of artistic styles: horror, punk music, 60s advertising, underground comics, classic B-movies.  Other influences include surrealism, politics, photorealism and Saturday morning cartoons, art of the 1980s, cereal box art, MAD magazine, "dark designs," tattoo and hot-rod inspired works.  Visual cues from the past infused in a new modern sensibility - using the familiar with the new create a sort of revisionist visual history and mystique for roller derby.

PROVENANCE:  From Artist's Matt Traughber's personal collection.


13. [WOMEN]  BEAL, M.F. & friends
Safe House: a casebook study of revolutionary feminism in the 1970’s

Eugene, Northwest Matrix, 1976. 154 pp, line illustrations and a few clips reproducing SLA publicity images, inscribed “To the day men abandon violence and every woman’s house is safe, M.F. Beal.” First edition 9 x 6” decorated wraps, slightly shelf worn. There is a colophon, which states, among other things, that “The SLA portraits and calligraphy were by Mary Ann Tharaldsen of Berkeley.” Printed by a woman owned press, Long House Printcrafters.


14. [WWI, WOMEN] RALEIGH, HENRY [artist]

Hun or Home? Buy More Liberty Bonds [poster]

Chicago : Edwards & Deutsch Litho. Co., [1918]. 19 1⁄4 x 29 3⁄4.” Original, color lithograph poster. No. 9-B. Printed in black and red on an ochre background. Small, closed tear (1”) at top edge (not affecting text or illustration), else near fine.

The USA entered the First World War in 1917. It established a system for the general population to make financial contributions to the war effort in the form of Liberty Bonds, the equivalent of the British War Bonds. Tales of atrocities, such as rape, child murder and mutilation and abuse of soldiers' bodies, were behind many of the images for such posters. In this one, the German soldier, identifiable by his spiked helmet, looms up like an ape toward a female figure. The imminence of horror is intensified by the fact that she is clutching a baby and seems, by her pigtail and short skirt, to be merely a girl.


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