[The Cat and Mouse Act. From an original [poster] held by the London Museum]. The cat and mouse act passed by the Liberal Government:
the Liberal cat electors vote against him! Keep the Liberal out! Buy and read 'The Suffragette' Price 1D.
Women's Social & Political Union - Lincoln's Inn House.
Twentieth century reprint by the Soman-Wherry Press Ltd., for Her Majesty's Stationery Office of an original 1914 British women's suffrage poster issued by WPSU [the Women's Social & Political Union], criticising the Prisoner’s Temporary Discharge (for Ill Health) Act and printed and published by David Allen & Sons Ltd., Harrow, London. The original poster is held in the permanent collection of the Museum of London [item number 50.82/1113a] and was given to them by the Suffragette Fellowship in 1950. The 'Prisoner's Temporary Discharge for Ill-Health Act' of 1913 meant that imprisoned suffragettes on hunger-strike could be released because of ill-health, but could then be re-imprisoned once they had recovered. This 'letting them go; then catching them again' earned the measure the popular title of 'The Cat and Mouse Act', a satire of a cat’s habit of playing with mice before killing them.
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[London : The Soman-Wherry Press Ltd., for Her Majesty's Stationery Office; n.d., ca. 1960-1970?]
This item is held in the Department of Ephemera.
Physical description: 1 poster ; 75.8 x 49.7 cm.
Varying form of title: [The Cat and Mouse Act. From an original [poster] held by the London Museum, item no. 50.82/1113a].
Written in manuscript hand in blue ball point pen ink on verso: "From Mrs. A. Sheehy-Skeffington, 1976". [Andrée Sheehy-Skeffington, neé Denis, (1910-1998), was the daughter in law of Hannah Sheehy-Skeffington; she wrote a biography of her husband, Owen Sheehy-Skeffington (1909-1970) entitled 'Skeff: A Life of Owen Sheehy Skeffington, 1909-1970'].
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