Eastern Victory

Eastern Victory was a Saxon Motor Car Companyroadster purchased for Anna Howard Shaw in 1915. It was bright yellow and named “Eastern Victory” by Shaw. Shortly after the car was given to Shaw, it was seized to pay for Shaw’s unpaid taxes. The car would be auctioned to pay for the taxes. At the auction, suffragists from Delaware County, Pennsylvania purchased the car. The car made appearances in New Jersey and Georgia suffrage events.

Anna Howard Shaw in Eastern Victory c. 1915

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General Federation of Women’s Clubs Magazine, Anna Howard Shaw, August 1915

Shaw received the yellow car from Harriet Burton Laidlaw on June 29, 1915.[1] Shaw was brought into New York City believing she was attending an important meeting, but instead was given the car, a Saxon Roadster, dubbed “Eastern Victory.”.[1] It was a gift of New York suffragists.[2]

After receiving the car, she and Aimee Hutchinson drove to her home in Moylan, Pennsylvania.[1] In Moylan, Shaw learned to drive the car and crank the engine.[3] Shaw said of cranking the engine: “A man’s job is it? I just wish it was as easy to wind up the voters and make them go right on November 2. Let me tell you, sir, to a woman who has been cranking up suffrage forty years, playing with a little toy like this has no terrors.”[3]

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