Beautifully prpared monograph... Thank you.
I have many of those cinderellas.
First time I have come across "The Goddess Philatelia"
"Well, I declare! You stamp collectors beat my understanding!"
"Well, I suppose to one who is not interested in philately, stamp
collecting seems like a queer business."
"It isn't a business—it's a disease."
—"The Prevailing Malady," 1895
For a hobby that men appeared to dominate, at least publicly, it is
intriguing that women played a formative role in shaping the mythology
of early philately. One philatelic writer claimed that the first gatherings
of stamp collectors in Paris in the 1860s were hosted and attended by
women who exchanged their duplicate stamps on Sunday afternoons
in the Tuileries Gardens. When the postage system was still new in Britain, women collected stamps featuring the profile of reigning monarch Queen Victoria. In the 1880s, women's magazines such as Godey's Lady's Book and Ladies' Home Journal proposed that stamp collecting was an appropriate activity for women. Because it was an indoor amusement, "restful" and "quieting after the mind has been busily occupied
with duties," it was viewed as a proper way for middle-class women
to spend their leisure time. Women were well suited to the pastime
because it involved creativity—when arranging a collection—that capitalized on their "natural artistic tastes."
The Goddess Philatelia
Philatelists represented their pursuit with an allegorical figure,
"Philatelia," the goddess of philately, who engaged in rigorous study
of stamps. Philatelia symbolized their pursuit and may have acted as a
guide for those pursuing philatelic knowledge. The APA adopted the
image of Philatelia for its seal in 1887 and it is still used today. In the
seal, Philatelia holds a stamp album in her left hand while she places a
stamp into it with her right. As a figurative deity, she sits on a globe that
makes her appear larger than the physical world that she sits upon
Stamping American Memory
Collectors, Citizens, and the Post
Author: SHEILA A. BRENNAN