As a child I had a stamp collection. Collecting didn’t last terribly long but I’ve always been fascinated by the stories behind the stamps. Today the USPS even prints details about the stamps on the sheets.
The National History Women’s Museum has unveiled its new cyberexhibit, “Leaving Their Stamp On History.” It features the first 26 stamps highlighting women that were issued by the U.S. Post Office. The first stamp issued for a woman is of Spain’s Queen Isabella, who sponsored Christopher Columbus’ voyage to America. The exhibit ends with Lucy Stone, who led the First National Women’s Rights Convention in 1850.
The stamps follow in order of the US Post Office’s issuance, from 1893 to 1968, and depicts authors, educators, reformers, and organizations that shaped history.
It wouldn’t surprise me if one day an NFPW member had her own stamp!
To view the exhibit, please go to http://www.nwhm.org/exhibits/stamps/index.html.