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“I’m currently doing some work on the suffragette, trade unionist & Swansea headmistress Emily Phipps (who has just had a Blue Plaque unveiled in Swansea) and come across a newspaper article about a suffrage meeting in Swansea in 1909 which contains the following –
[the crowd included] good humoured indifferent sensation hunters…ladies who are honestly for what they believe to be reform, and a dozen or so ‘the abusers of Antonio and Rubber Dolly.’
Does anyone know what this means as I’ve never heard the phrase before.
Thanks for any suggestions.”
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