Friday, March 06, 2009

Women's History Month Exhibits

March is Women's History month and the National Postal Museum is celebrating with a new online exhibit - Women on Stamps: Part I.

According to a write up in the Postmark, the museum's electronic newsletter, "Since 1893, when the image of a woman first appeared on a US postage stamp, the United States has honored women for their many achievements. In fact, over 200 stamps represent women-from politicians and social activists to educators and artists to businesswomen and performers."

Women on Stamps: Part I is the first in a series of four featured collections to highlight the accomplishments of these women.

Subsequent Women on Stamps featured collections will discuss the 'pioneers' in aviation, business and science and feature influential women in literature, art and film.

There is also new feature in the museum's online resources section, "Women in the U.S. Postal System." Written by Abbey Teller and Christina Park, members of the museum's 2008 intern class, it features a history of female postal workers as well as a series of oral histories from recent and current employees.

Shown above, the first U.S. stamp honoring a woman - Queen Isabella of Spain.

To visit the Women on Stamps: Part I online exhibit, click here.

To visit Women in the U.S. Postal Service, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM