11 March 2018

Women on Stamps | Dietrich & Droste-Hülshoff

Women in German History (Frauen der deutschen Geschichte) is a definitive stamp series issued in the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and West Berlin from 1986 to 1990, and in reunited Germany 1990 to 2003.

The stamps were designed by Gerd and Oliver Aretz. The colour of the portrait is different, according to the color of the country name (Deutsche Bundespost, Deutsche Bundespost – Berlin, Deutschland) and denomination (pfennig, euro or both).


A friend from Germany sent me a bunch of those, and I must confess that I recognised few of the depicted women. Among those, there was Marlene Dietrich (1901 – 1992), an actress and singer that probably everyone knows. The stamp was issued on 14 August 1997.

And among the women I didn't recognise at all: Annette von Droste-Hülshoff (1797 – 1848),  a 19th-century writer and composer. This stamp is one of the latest in the series, and was issued on 27 December 2002.


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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 D.

More women on stamps.

12 comments:

  1. I think we all must have heard of Dietrich. Like you I had not heard of the other woman.

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    1. I guess it is the same for a all us.

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  2. I've accumulated a few of those stamps so interesting to learn about the colours. Its an attractive series.

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    1. I learnt it when searching information for this post.

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  3. I believe the Dietrich stamp is one of the German stamps I have most often seen on my mail, along with their flower definitives. Not the other woman though...

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    1. I don't think I have got it on a letter (this one arrived inside a letter. I guess I didn't receive a lot of German mail at that time.

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  4. I am fascinated by your choices so far in this A-Z. Really looking forward to the rest of the alphabet.

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  5. And both of these women's surnames begin with a D.
    Having a sketch of each woman is a nice touch.

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Thank you for coming. All your comments make me extremely happy.