05 August 2018

Women on Stamps | Youthful Heroines


This stamp dedicated to Sybil Ludington was issued in 1975. The caption Youthful Heroine (better picture here) caught my attention when I got it. So, who was this girl? 

Sybil Ludington (1761 – 1839), of Putnam County, New York, is celebrated as a heroine of the American Revolutionary War. On the night of April 26, 1777, at the age of 16, she rode to alert militia forces in villages of Putnam County, New York and Danbury, Connecticut, to the approach of the British regular forces. She rode a total of 40 miles (64 km) in the hours of darkness.


Anne Frank (1929 – 1945) was one of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. She gained fame posthumously with the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl (originally Het Achterhuis) in which she documents two years of her life in hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. 

On 2 September 2016, PostNL issued a stamp sheet to mark the Year of the Book. Ten special books from the Royal Library were depicted on the sheet, Frank's diary among them. I was more than happy to receive the whole set two years ago.


Yakoute Chennaoui isn't a heroine (yet), but she won one of the 4 prices of the stamp design contest by the Moroccan postal service, under the theme "Design a green stamp", for children between 8 an 14 years old. You can see here the four stamps, that belong to the series Children's Creativity.

I don't get mail from Morocco often!

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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 Y.

More women on stamps.

13 comments:

  1. Young girl, youthful heroine, and young artist Yakoute, great findings for today's letter! Eva, I think you're a mail (and femail) heroine, I so much am enjoying your great posts about women on stamps!
    Looking forward, and curious to know, which stamps you'll choose next week!
    I think I've sent you two stamps of a woman whose family name starts with a Z (the word 'van' (and in my case 'de') doesn't count for this purpose), but I am sure you'll have found other surprising stamps.

    Thanks for sharing all these wonderful stamps and for your research and for including interesting information and links!

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    1. Thanks for your words!

      I have already scheduled next week post (because I knew I wouldn't have my computer available)... but I'm not going to tell you!

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    2. No, please don't tell, I love the surprise :-)

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  2. Great choices today. I was unaware of that US stamp and history. The Dutch set is fantastic, and I really like the Moroccan stamp designs by the children.

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    1. I usually love the stamps designed by children. But, except this one that a friend sent to me, I've never seen that Moroccan set in person!

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  3. Stamps that tell amazing stories.

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  4. That was some courageous act in the 1700s by such a young girl!

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    1. She deserved the stamp, doesn't she?

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  5. Great and unique choices for Y! Never heard of Sybil Ludington before, but that was a really interesting story to read.
    Stamps designed by children are always kinda special :)

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  6. You have excelled yourself this week with this stamp selection. Visiting Ann Frank's House is something I'll always remember.

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    1. I haven’t been there, but I’d like to.

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