04 March 2018

Women on Stamps | Couples

If it is infrequent to get a stamp featuring a woman, let alone a stamp featuring a couple of women. But I have got some. Like:

This stamp was issued by USPS on 17 June 1980. Helen Keller (1880-1968) was an American author, political activist and lecturer. She was deaf-blind. Maybe you remember her and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, because of the film The Miracle Worker. The persistence of the teacher in order to break through Helen's walls of silence and darkness impressed me when I saw the film (There is a film from 2000, but I saw an earlier version).

Kathleen Lynn (874 – 1955) was an Irish Sinn Féin politician, activist and medical doctor. Elizabeth O'Farrell (884 – 1957) was an Irish nurse and member of Cumann na mBan.

In January, 2016 An Post introduced 1916-2016, a Definitive Stamps Series based on the Centenary of the Easter Rising. The stamps were grouped into four categories: Leaders and Icons; Participants; Easter Week; and The Aftermath. The Lynn-O'Farrell stamp belongs to the Participants category. Three more women and a girl appear on the rest of the series, compared with only nineteen men.

On 17 July 2014, Royal Mail launched a set of stamps to mark the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, featuring the sports of swimming, track cycling, squash, judo, netball and marathon. Two more stamps (judo and swimming) show sportswomen too.


For the new edition of Sunday Stamps-II A to Z, I have decided to show some of the stamps I have got on letters and postcards, related to one topic: women. This is the post for the letter C.

More women on stamps.


  1. I always liked that Commonwealth Games set.

    1. The movement on those stamps is beautifully depicted.

  2. That's a nice theme! I never considered 'couples on stamps', it attracts my attention, hope that I can find stamps on this theme (and send them to you) one day :-)

  3. Now this is a topic I would not have thought to search for!
    The Helen Keller stamp picture is very touching.

    1. I think so. I've been impressed by her story since I saw the film (the old one).

  4. Very appropriate with International Women's Day this week. I had long forgotten Anne Sullivan.


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