US Stamps

Who was the first woman to get a U.S. definitive stamp?: Linn's Buzz

May 4, 2021, 3 AM
Martha Washington was born June 2, 1781. Her first postage stamp appearance came in 1903.

By Joe O'Donnell

1. Ladies' first

Over on our sister site for the coin-inclined,, there's a ton of buzz about the announcement that a woman's portrait will be put on the $10 bill beginning in 2020. 

Coin World Managing Editor Bill Gibbs wrote on May 13 that the only woman depicted on federal paper money in portrait was Martha Washington, who was also the first woman to get her own U.S. definitive stamp.

"Martha Washington was the first woman to be honored on a U.S. definitive stamp, the 1902 8¢ stamp (Scott 306) described as violet black by the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers," Michael Baadke wrote on Martha's birthday June 2. "The stamp was part of the 1902 series printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Husband George appeared on the 2¢ carmine stamp (301) in the same series."

Though Martha Washington was the first woman to have her own stamp, the first woman to appear on a U.S. stamp was Queen Isabella, on the $4 Columbian issued in 1893 (Scott 244).

2. ASDA show a no-go

The American Stamp Dealers Association has announced that its 2015 Northern California Postage Stamp Show has been canceled.

3. Week's Most Read

It’s time to catch up on the week that was in stamp-collecting insights and news.

Linn's Stamp News is looking back at its five most-read stories of the week, according to reader metrics. 

5. Hot topics

Check out the three most-read stories of the last seven days:

  1. USPS issues rare statement against inspector general
  2. No smoking policy on U.S. stamps includes removal of cigarettes
  3. APS 2019 summer show discussion at board meeting, but no decision made