Women's Christian Temperance Union auto parade, Portland, 1910

Courtesy of Henry Gartley, an individual partner

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On Thursday September 29, 1910 the Women's Christian Temperance Union (W.C.T.U) convention was started with an automobile ride throughout the streets of Portland. Lillian Stevens carried the World's W.C.T.U. banner during this parade.

Business men and politicians donated their automobiles so the convention leaders and delegates could ride in style. The cars, decorated with white ribbons and US flags, toured many of the streets of Portland before ending at the Universalist Church in Congress Square for their annual convention.

The W.C.T.U was extremely active in Maine in 1910 with 156 Unions through out the entire state with 5,613 active members and 465 honorary members.

The W.C.T.U fought against alcohol using political and religious avenues, speeches, parades, and temperance literature, but they also did a great deal more. They worked within the prisons and jails, they campaigned for better and safer housing for women prisoners, which was nonexistent at the time. They had outreach programs for railroad workers, lumbermen, soldiers and sailors, and homeless children. They were also strong leaders in the Suffrage movement.

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  • Title: Women's Christian Temperance Union auto parade, Portland, 1910
  • Creation Date: 1910-09-29
  • Subject Date: 1910-09-29
  • Location: Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 8.9 cm x 12.7 cm
  • Object Type: Image

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