Sunday, 5 June 2011

Sunday Stamps

For today's free choice theme, I chose this FDC from the British Anniversaries set (issued 29 May 1968)  which depicts the statue of Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst and commemorates Votes for Women 1918 - 1968. 
The slogan chosen for the cover (which isn't the official PO cover) isn't 100% accurate though as the women's suffrage movement (in various forms) was active from the mid/late 1800s, 1918 is (as the stamp implies) the date the vote was granted - it was granted to women over 30 (with conditions attached - the woman had to be a householder or married to a householder or have a degree; it was 1928 before all adults over 21 had the right to vote). 
The stamp is one of a set of 4, the other values are 4d Trades Union Congress; 1s RAF; 1/9 Captain James Cook. 

PS.  As I was wondering what to do for this week's theme and looking through some 'stuff', I came across another Mother's Day stamp from Egypt (included here as I will have forgotten about it probably by that time next year).  
This post is part of Viridian's Sunday Stamps, which you can find here, or by clicking the icon below.

7 comments:

  1. When you consider the efforts women made to get the vote, it's a terrible thing that people don't actually exercise the right so painfully gained.

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  2. Those set of conditions for women to vote prior to 1928 are somewhat akin to what some states here are doing now to restrict access to the voting booth. It's a real shame.

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  3. I like the Egyptian Mother's Day stamp. It's a good thing they put "Mother's Day" in English or we probably wouldn't know that is what it is commemorating.

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  4. Womens lets not take for granted what the suffrogates did for us. Love the stamps.
    Ann

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  5. women over 30 only, or with other conditions? good grief. Hurrah for the suffragettes.

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  6. I love the FDC - go, woman power! Very thankful and appreciative of her advocacy. Two thumbs up for honouring her on stamps and FDCs.

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  7. Those early suffragettes were determined women, a long struggle and worth a stamp. Love the Egypt stamp, wonder what the hieroglyphics say.

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