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  • Vasco Núñez de Balboa (c.1475 - c.1519)
    Vasco Núñez de Balboa (Jerez de los Caballeros, actual provincia de Badajoz, ca. 1475 - Acla, actual Panamá, 15 de enero de 1519) fue un adelantado, explorador, gobernante y conquistador español. Fue...
  • Abel Janszoon Tasman (1603 - 1659)
    Back in 1490 there was a fellow with the surname Tassma. After three generations the family line took two directions. One line changed to Tasman, and on this family line we can find our friend Abel Tas...
  • Fernán González, conde de Castilla (c.910 - 970)
    Fernando González(en la documentación coetánea, Fredinandus Gundisalviz; Castillo de Lara, c. 910-Burgos, 970), más conocido en los cantares de gesta y crónicas posteriores como Fernán González, fue ...
  • Anna Mathilda Whistler (1804 - 1881)
    American Folk Figure. The mother of artist James McNeill Whistler, she was the subject of his painting "Arrangement in Grey and Black" (1871), which is more famously and popularly known as "Whistler's ...
  • Aarne Aukusti Mäkinen (1926 - 2007)
    syntymä 2.10.1926 jyväskylä mrsk avioliitto 25.7.1954 kuollut 15.11.2007 elämän varrelta Tullut Jkl msrk 1.1.1943

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.



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