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January 28, 2012 / stephaniepomfrett

Janette Steer

Today’s Sepia Saturday theme is ‘Theatre’, so I thought this picture (one of my many, growing collection of signed actress pictures from the early 20th Century) was perfect. Janette Steer was a Victorian actress who moved to London from the United States in 1893. She was well known for playing Hamlet and for being a militant feminist and suffragette- she was a close friend of the Pankhurst family and socialised with many of the suffragette actresses such as Ellen Terry. Interesting lady!


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  1. robstevens / Jan 29 2012 12:00 am

    I tried to google her but I couldn’t find much info. It’s nice if you have a large collection of hand signed pictures. I have three signed postcards of Maude Fealy. The signatures look the same so I think they are genuine.

    • stephaniepomfrett / Jan 29 2012 1:18 pm

      There really isn’t a lot about her at all- I found some info from some old theatre programmes online and a bit about her on a website about suffragettes (seems a lot of actresses were suffragettes though- I suppose the arts have always been seen as more ‘liberal’, though!)

  2. Karen S. / Jan 29 2012 2:14 pm

    Amazing story on the post just before this one, you wonder just what the story was….. This photo reminds me of one of my grandmother’s relatives, she has the same gestures and style about her…also quite a striking woman! I like your new blog, and your comment box, or rather quote is the first I’ve seen like this. That’s very cool!

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