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  • Käthe Kollwitz (1867 - 1945)
    Käthe Kollwitz (8 July 1867 – 22 April 1945) was a German painter, printmaker, and sculptor whose work offered an eloquent and often searing account of the human condition, and the tragedy of war, in t...
  • Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805)
    Friedrich von Schiller=Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller 10 November 1759 – 9 May 1805) was a German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright. During the last seventeen years of his life (178...
  • Abu Al-Biruni (973 - 1048)
    Rayhan al-Biruni /ælbɪˈruːni/ (973 – after 1050) was an Iranian scholar and polymath during the Islamic Golden Age. He has been called variously the "founder of Indology", "Father of Comparative Religi...
  • Caroline Lucretia Herschel (1750 - 1848)
    Biographical Summary == Caroline Lucretia Herschel (16 March 1750 – 9 January 1848) was a German-British astronomer and the sister of astronomer Sir William Herschel with whom she worked throughout bot...
  • Max Born, Nobel Prize in Physics 1954 (1882 - 1970)
    1882, a Jewish baby was born in Germany named Max Born. He grew up to be a physicist at Gottingen University. In 1935, Adolph Hitler personally terminated him from his position because he was born Jewi...

Portraits on Stamps~Briefmarken~Postzegels~Timbres-poste

  • EN: People that were/are on stamps for various countries
  • FR: Personnalités figurant sur un timbre-poste, (For French stamps See dedicated Project ).
  • DE: Bekannte Leute auf Briefmarken
  • NL: Profielen met een afbeelding op postzegels in diverse landen
  • Musicians on stamps

This subject has fascinated me for years. How do people end up on a stamp? What is the process? Who picks them? Please submit any answers you can find.

1. From the article in the following link, i seems that many countries have a policy of featuring only profiles of notables who have passed on stamps. - New York Times re New Postage Stamps
The United States Postal Service announced this week that it was tossing out its rule that its stamps honor only dead individuals and will be featuring the living as well.
No personalized / custom stamps of yourself, please, in this project.

United States

The Complete Collection of Black American Stamps


See "Francophones sur timbres canadiens" project.


see project Notables on Israeli Stamps, e.g:

  • Adam & Eve
  • Moses (ca. 1390 BCE–ca. 1270 BCE) A prophet in the Abrahamic religions. According to the Bible, he was adopted by an Egyptian princess, and later in life became the leader of the Israelites and lawgiver.
  • King David of Israel (ca. 1040–970 BCE), widely viewed as a righteous and effective king in battle and civil justice. David is an important figure to members of the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic faiths.
  • Judas Maccabeus (b.?–160 BCE) Led the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire (167-160 BCE) and is acclaimed as one of the greatest warriors in Jewish history alongside Joshua, Gideon and David.
  • Maimonides (ca. 1135/8–1204) The preeminent medieval Jewish philosopher and one of the greatest Torah scholars of the Middle Ages.
  • Theodor Herzl, (1860–1904) A Jewish Austro-Hungarian journalist, playwright, political activist, and writer who was the father of modern political Zionism. Herzl formed the Zionist Organization and promoted Jewish immigration to Palestine. He is known as the "spiritual father of the Jewish State".
  • Dr. Chaim Weizmann (1874–1952), was President of the Zionist Organization, and the 1st President of the State of Israel. He was also a notable chemist and a pioneer biotechnologist. He founded the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.
  • David Ben-Gurion (1886–1973), 1st Prime Minister of Israel. Posthumously, Ben-Gurion was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century.
  • Arthur James Balfour (1848–1930), 1st Earl of Balfour, Prime Minister of Great Britain. The Balfour Declaration of 1917 was a public statement issued by the British government during the First World War announcing support for the establishment of a "national home for the Jewish people" in Palestine.
  • Anne Frank (1829–1945). One of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, she gained fame posthumously with the publication of her diary: The Diary of a Young Girl.
  • Raoul Wallenberg (1912–1947/52?) A Swedish humanitarian who worked in Budapest, Hungary, during World War II to rescue Jews from the Holocaust. Arrested by the Soviets and died the USSR.
  • Jules Verne (1828–1905), A French author from Brittany who pioneered the science-fiction genre.
  • Shai Agnon, Nobel Prize in Literature 1966 (1888–1970) was one of the central figures of modern Hebrew fiction.
  • Albert Einstein, Nobel Prize in Physics 1921 (1879–1955) Theoretical physicist of German-Jewish descent, is often regarded as the father of modern physics.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750), A German composer, whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791), A prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers.
  • Arthur Rubinstein (1887–1982) A Polish-American Jewish pianist. He received international acclaim for his performances of the music of a variety of composers (many regard him as the greatest Chopin interpreter of the century). He is widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century.
  • Ilan Ramon
  • Rav Kook


South Africa

New Zealand



the Netherlands ~ Holland ~ Pays-Bas






United Kingdom


v/h Tsjecho-Slowakije


  • Belyegmuzeum ‧ Budapest ‧ Hársfa utca 47 ‧ District 7 ‧ 1074


  • Postzegelmuseum since 2007 ‧


Suomi Finland

See Wikipedia: List of Finns on stamps

Samoa Islands