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Date Made/Found: 1914
Dimensions: Overall: 86 × 139mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: 1978.50e
This postcard was drawn and sent by Alfred Roberts to a friend in Sheffield during the First World War. Alfred was a member of the 3rd West Riding Field Ambulance, which was part of the Royal Army Medical Corps. He and several other members of their unit produced a trench journal called the "The Leadswinger"- the manuscripts for this are held at Sheffield Archives. The journal was full of black humour about the war and Alfred drew many of the illustrations. This postcard shows a tough-looking lady in uniform holding a cosh behind her back. We can't be sure what Alfred is referring to in his drawing as female police officers were not appointed until 1919. However, during the war female patrols were set up by the Women's Social and Political Union and the National Union of Women Workers. Their main focus was to regulate women's moral behaviour, especially in regard to prostitution and the servicemen that might be stationed in the local area.
Display Location: In Store
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