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Olive Tell – photos and quotes

Olive Tell 1921

“Where are the old women today? I’ll tell you. They do not exist. This is because they do the things that used to be denied them.”Olive Tell

Source: Harriett Underhill (1918)

 

Olive Tell and mother“‘A house divided against itself cannot stand!’ Well, I hope that isn’t true, for let me tell you something: Mother is for Tammany, while I am an ardent Mitchel supporter. Isn’t that funny? Fancy my gentle little mother being a Tammany man! Many a heated argument we have had and I fancied myself, terribly, in the role of stump speaker. So you can imagine what a blow to my pride it was when Hyland was elected mayor of New York. I took it as a personal affront. I am quite sure that no one in our studio dared vote otherwise than for Mitchel. Why, look at what he did for our city! Look at our schools! Look at our parks! Look at our policemen! Weren’t the Tammany policemen ungainly things? And aren’t the Mitchel policemen splendid?”Olive Tell

Source: Harriett Underhill (1918)

 

Olive Tell 1918“I say democracy and I think democracy and I try to feel democracy, but I cannot always make myself wholly believe it. I’m afraid that there is a bit of autocracy in my heart still. I do not believe that every man is as good as another, if not better, but of course the distinction has nothing to do with money. It has to do with brains, birth and breeding.”Olive Tell

Source: Harriett Underhill (1918)

 

Olive Tell sunflower“I’ll warrant you that every woman will vote, whether she worked to get that vote or not. Why shouldn’t we vote? Haven’t we done everything that a man has done excepting perhaps actually fight in the war? And haven’t the Russian women even done that, and wouldn’t we do it, too, if it were necessary to win the war? Of course we would.”Olive Tell

Source: Harriett Underhill (1918)

Olive Tell golf“Outdoor exercise is the greatest tonic in the world. Oh, I do not say to avoid cosmetics until you begin to get results from nature, but to give nature a chance. Why, do you know that I never miss my ride in the park, no matter how early I have to rise to get it? And golf! Who would think that that little ball could prove so fascinating? Why, I tremble with excitement every time I see a bag of sticks. And skating! Oh! that is glorious! But while you are waiting for nature to do her part, you jump in and do yours. White eyelashes and eyebrows never are pretty. Therefore, do not have them. That’s simple. Also, there is that thing called a rabbit’s foot, and while it may not possess all the magic credited to it by the superstitious, it will, if judiciously applied, dispel all pallor.”Olive Tell

Source: Harriett Underhill (1918)

 

 

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