Monday, July 11, 2011

Germany's Famous Women Series

Julia Lee posts an interesting article on Britain's Stamps Magazine website about Germany's Famous Women series which ran from 1986 to 2005.

According to Julia, the "series bridged the reunification of the country and the adoption of the Euro, bringing recess printing into the 21st century."

She goes on to say, "All the stamps in the set [26] were designed by the same man, Professor Gerd Aretz, but they were illustrated by various different engravers, before being recess-printed in two colours."

Julia points out, "Not all the women depicted were German by birth, which is why the official name for the set is Famous Women in German History. Baroness von Suttner, the novelist who led an international peace movement before World War I and appears on the 200pf, was Austrian."

The series was replaced in 2005 by the new Flowers definitives.

Shown above, Baroness von Suttner.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM