Thursday, September 13, 2007

Philatelic female firsts

The National Association of Letter Carriers, which represents 300,000 active and retired U.S. Postal Service city delivery carriers, has officially endorsed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.

While she may become the first female President of the United States, she won't be the first woman on a U.S. postage stamp.

Surprisingly, that honor goes to Queen Isabella of Spain who was featured on a $4 stamp issued in 1893 which commemorated the 400th anniversary of Columbus's discovery of the new world. The stamp (shown above) pictured her and Christopher Columbus as part of set that has become known as the Columbians.

The first American woman to be commemorated on a stamp of her very own was the first First Lady -- Martha Washington in 1902.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM