The American Woman – A four-cent stamp issued in 1960

This generic stamp in tribute to women was issued during the last year of the Eisenhower administration and the election year of 1960, when Democratic Senator John F. Kennedy faced Republican Vice President Richard Nixon.

The stamp features a mother and daughter, but the scenes are not stereotypically domestic.  In the upper left is the image of the capitol, and with “civic affairs” beneath it, the depiction acknowledges women in government.  Beneath that are books, reflecting women’s longtime roles as educators, and in the upper right is “arts and industry,” which opens aspirations in many fields.

Four cents was the most commonly used postage at the time, and so the stamp would have been widely accessible.










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