International Postage Stamps

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Postal stamps are a practical way that countries can honor individuals or subjects. The United States has had far fewer postal stamps commemorating nursing than other countries. A number of nursing historians have presented stamps as historical research at Annual AAHN conferences, generally focusing on the image of nursing presented by stamps.

1958 Canadian stamp courtesy of Dr. Eleanor K. Herrmann

1958 Canadian stamp "Health Guards the Nation"

1961 Colombian stamp

1961 Columbian stamp honors Manuelita de la Cruz, Red Cross nurse who drowned while on duty during floods of 1955.

1961 Colombian stamp

1964 Colombian stamp honors Red Cross nurses.

1953 Netherlands stamp honoring nurses

1953 Netherlands stamp honoring Red Cross nurses

1966 Upper Volta stamp depicting nurse as symbol of Red Cross helping the world

1966 Upper Volta stamp depicting nurse as symbol of Red Cross helping the world

Honduras stamp, unknown date

Circa 1970's Honduras stamp honoring Red Cross nurses

1951 Cuban stamp honoring Clara L. Maass


1951 Cuban stamp honoring Clara L. Maass; issued on the 50th anniversary of her death.

   

All of the above stamps are courtesy of either Eleanor K. Herrmann, R.N., Ed.D., FAAN, AAHN's President-elect or Dolores Heinzmann, RN, both serious collectors.

Victorian Order of Nurses Day of Issue [5/12/97] Cover

Victorian Order of Nurses Day of Issue Cover This Canadian stamp was issued 5/12/97 to mark the centennial of the Victorian Order of Nurses. Cour tesy of Dr. Peggy Jean Ledbetter.

For further information:
Forrester, D. A., Grandinetti, P.M. (1991). Nursing. The American Philatelist. 105(6)710-717.

A number of postage stamps have featured Florence Nightingale;
Nightingale Stamps

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