Souvenir Tea Towel: Stronger City by Gertrude Ryder Bennett

Rebecca Lovell-Smith
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One white linen tea towel with the poem ‘Stronger City’ by Gertrude Ryder Bennett, 1931, printed in black. This tea towel was produced by Lyttelton retailer 'God Save the Queen' in response to the 22 February earthquake.
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Dimensions (h x w): 518 x 745mm
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Rebecca Lovell-Smith owned and operated the vintage shop ‘God Save the Queen’ in Lyttelton. She lost both her home and the shop as a result of damage sustained during the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010-2011. This loss motivated her to design this tea towel which features the poem ‘Stronger City’ written by American poet Gertrude Ryder Bennett in 1931. The poem speaks of how rebuilding a stronger city can be an antidote to the despair in the human spirit caused by experiencing the earthquakes. The poem also features on a plaque in Napier in recognition of the Hawkes Bay earthquake in 1931.
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