One-hundred and seventeen years ago with the release of the 1893 Columbian Exposition Issue, Queen Isabella of Spain became the first woman to be featured on a United States postage stamp. Since that 4-dollar crimson lake colored stamp which Queen Isabella shared with Christopher Columbus was issued, hundreds of United States definitive and commemorative postage stamps have honored important women in American and world history.
Almost two years ago, the Smithsonian National Postal Museum’s Web Team set about creating a series of online exhibits highlighting every woman honored on a U.S. postage stamp. The result is the Smithsonian National Postal Museum’s Women On Stamps Series comprised of four different online exhibits. The first two exhibits, Women On Stamps Part 1 & 2, were composed by Web Team Intern Lauren Golden and Research Coordinator Christine Mereand. The final two exhibits, Women On Stamps Part 3 & 4, were composed by Web Team Intern Kelsey Fritz and Christine Mereand. All of these online exhibits plus more exciting content can be accessed through the Smithsonian National Postal Museum’s dedicated Women’s Topical Reference Page: Women in the Postal Service and Philately
Or enjoy each of NPM's Women on Stamps online exhibits through the links below:
About the Author
Alexander T. Haimann, Collections Specialist & Web Projects Developer at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, collects and writes primarily about the stamps and postal history of the U.S. during the first one hundred years of stamp production (1847-1947). Additionally, he develops internet based education projects and exhibits for the National Postal Museum. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Stamp Dealers Association, the Chair of the American Philatelic Society’s Young Philatelic Leaders Fellowship and the publicist for the United State Philatelic Classics Society. His national and international society memberships include the American Philatelic Society, United States Stamp Society, Collectors Club of New York and the Royal Philatelic Society London.