Famous Women

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  1. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Takis,you certainly are a rich man. -- If the above stamp is yours !
    A complete sheet of ten of this unissued stamp was sold in 2010 for
    about half a million Euro.
    A single corner-copy in 2017 brought roughly € 150.000.-
    Michel lists it € 150.000 for mint n.h. and € 100.000.- for used.
    For further details see post #67.
     
  2. Takis Kalogerakos

    Takis Kalogerakos Active Member

    I know I was kidding that why I posted without any comments Cheers
     
  3. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    Astrid Lindgren,undoubtedly the most revered author of children´s
    books,not only in Germany.
    Stamp issued Nov.8th,2007,commemorating Lindgren´s 100th birth-
    anniversary.Twin-issue with Sweden.
     
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  4. Takis Kalogerakos

    Takis Kalogerakos Active Member

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    Maria Callas (1923-1977) was an American-born Greek soprano and one of the most renowned and influential opera singers.
     
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  5. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    Marion Gräfin (countess) Dönhoff was born in Eastern-Prussia on
    her family´s castle (Schloß Friederichstein,near Königsberg).
    She grew up and was educated like a typical rich girl of nobility.
    She studied National Economy,finishing "summa cum laudae".
    Her mostly right-wing fellow students called her the "Red Countess",
    because her political views were critical to the "unlimited capitalism".
    When the Nazis took power,she went to Switzerland,where she
    obtained her doctorate.
    In the following years she travelled "the world".She visited the US
    for a two months roundtrip,Kenya to go on Safari with her brother,
    but also Russia twice and many other countries.
    Outspoken critical to the Nazi-rule,she was prudent enough,to
    remain low-key and was only once interrogated by the Gestapo,
    on a denunciation by an estranged uncle.
    During the war she managed one of the large domains owned by
    her family.
    When the Russians closed in on Eastern-Prussia in the winter of
    1944/45,she was convinced by friends to flee,because the Russians
    for sure would have killed her,because of her descent.
    She rode all the way (1200 km) to the West of Germany on her horse,
    with several rests at places of related nobility.
    Immediately after the war she was part in the creation of "Die Zeit".
    "Die Zeit" is a highly regarded weekly political newspaper.
    She remained with "Die Zeit" till to her death.At time as writer,four
    years as editor in chief and all the time as one of the publishers.
    She was highly respected by all political relevant parties,but was
    always close to the Social Democratic Party.She was offered by
    Willy Brandt the candidacy for the presidentship of West-Germany,
    but declined.She probably was the most highly respected journalist
    of Germany.When she finally died at old age,her funeral was very
    much like a state funeral.
    One of her less serious passions was driving fast cars.She rode her
    Porsche with high speed ((in Germany there are no (in parts) speed
    limits on highways (Autobahnen)) till her late eighties.

    Stamp issued Nov.12th,2009,commemorating Dönhoff´s 100th
    birth anniversary.
    The text on the stamp,is the obituary written by fellow "Die Zeit"
    co-publisher Helmut Schmidt,former Bundeskanzler of Germany.
     
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  6. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    Elly Beinhorn 1907 - 2007,was a german aviator.
    She worked as aecrobatic pilot and performed many first- and record-
    flighst in the 1930th.The stamp was issued to commemorate her 13,5 h.
    Gleiwitz-Istanbul-Berlin record-flight in 1935.
    Stamp issued Aug.12th,2010.
     
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    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    Mother Teresa,now church-officially named "Saint Teresa of Calcutta"
    was born to albanian parents in 1910 as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in todays Skopje in North-Macedonia,then Osman Empire.
    She entered a catholic order in her teens and was soon sent to India.
    In Calcutta she worked as a teacher and later head-mistress at a catholic
    school for about seventeen years.
    In 1948 she was allowed to leave and to establish a hospice cum hospital
    for the poor.Later she was allowed to built a new order:"Missionaries
    of Charity".It is claimed that at the time of her death in 1997,the order
    had more than 5000 members and had institutions in more than 120
    countries worlwide.
    St.Teresa collected many prizes and awards,culminating with winning
    the Nobel-Peace-Prize in 1979.
    By the Catholic Church she was promoted like a pop-icon.Her beatification
    and canonization were promoted with high speed.
    She was a conservative and outspoken adversary of abortions and by
    that close to the polish pope John Paul II.
    She has many critics,but many more admirers.
     
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  8. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    The sisters Fromme,aquarell- and India Ink-painting by Johann
    Gottfried Schadow from 1804.
    Not much is known about the sisters.They were commoners.One of them,
    don´t know wether it is the right or the left on the prortrait,was "close"
    to Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia,with whom she had two children.
    The prince,a prussian general,composer and pianist,fell on the battle-
    field in 1806.
     
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  9. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    Another masterpiece by Schadow shows the sisters Louise (1776-1810)
    and Friederike (1778-1841) von Mecklenburg-Strelitz,when 17 and
    15 years old.
    In that year (March 1793) the sister met "by accident" Friederich
    Wilhelm II,King of Prussia,at theatre evening in Frankfurt.The King
    was enchanted by the girls,thinking of brides for his two sons.
    Christmas 1793 they married.
    Louise married the crown prince,the later Friederich Wilhelm III,
    resulting in a lifelong "love-story".(See post #13)
    Friederikes marriage was less lucky,because her husband
    Friederich Ludwig preferred his mistresses.
    But Friederike did not mind too much,- Prince Louise of Prussia,her
    uncle claimed to be among her lovers -,so when her husband died
    in 1796 by diphteria,the pair had three small children.
    When Friederike became pregnant again in 1798,she married
    Friederich Wilhelm zu Solms-Braunfels (1776-1814),who
    acknowledged the fatherhood.So a scandal was avoided.
    The new marriage was more or less on paper only.
    In 1813 Friederike met Ernst August,Duke of Cumberland (1771-1851)
    the fifth son of Georg(e) III (1738-1820),King of Hannover and Great
    Britain.The death of her current husband by a stroke a year later
    solved the problem and she could marry the duke in 1815.
    After the death of Wilhem (William) IV,King of Hannover and G.B.,
    Victoria,daughter of the fourth son of Georg(e) III,became Queen of G.B.
    However in Hannover only males could inherit the throne,so Friederike´s
    husband Ernst August became King of Hannover.
    In 1841,after a short,illness the life of this remarkably emancipated
    woman came to an end.
     
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  10. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    That's a fascinating slice of history and a great narrative you have put together Werner. Thanks for the informative post.
     
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  11. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    Cetenary of women franchise in Germany.Issued Jan.2nd,2019.
    The lady-orator on the stamp is Marie Juchacz. (see posts #23 and #33)
     
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    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    Born 1864 into a wealthy family in Braunschweig,she had to leave
    home and went Zürich at the age of 15,because she was pursuing a
    love-affair with the husband of her older sister.
    Because at the time it was not possible for women to study at
    universities in Germany,she stayed on in Zürich to study history,
    philology and philosophy.
    Her main-interest laid in history,but she also wrote poetry,novels
    and for the theatre.She lived in several places of Austria-Hungary
    and Germany,later mainly in Berlin.
    She was a strict opponent of the Nazi-rule,but had powerful protectors,
    like the minister of justice,who shielded her from persecution by the
    Gestapo.She had written important books about the Risorgimento led
    by Garribaldi in Italy,what made her dear to Italy´s Fascits.And of
    course,the Nazis did not want to offend their allies in Italy.
    After the war,she was promoted by the Communists,but fled from the
    Russian Zone in 1947,to Frankfurt,where she soon fell ill and died.
    At the time of her death,she was considered as the most eminent
    female author of Germany.But today the memory of her has faded.
    Stamp issued July 3rd,2014.
     
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    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    Pina (Phillipina) Bausch was born in Solingen,where her parents ran
    a pub cum hotel.Aged fourteen she joined the "Folkwangschule",a
    prestigious art school in (my hometown) Essen to study dance.Five years later she finished her studies and was the winner of the Folkwang-Prize.
    The money,what came with that prize,made it possible to go to
    New York for further studies.She also got an engagement at the
    Metropoltan Opera.After three years she returned to Germany and
    became a member and later art-director of the Folkwang-Ballett in
    Essen.Simultaniously she also taught as a lecturer for dance at the
    Folkwangschule.
    In 1973 she became art director for dance at the theatre in Wuppertal.
    Over the years Wuppertal became the undisputed leading place for
    Ballett-Dance in Germany.With her company she toured "the world"
    (at least 40 countries) with the main-focus on the US and Japan.
    She created very much her own style,a synthesis of modern and
    classical dance. (my own understanding)
    In the 1980 she also toured the DDR (GDR) and was so highly
    esteemed,that she was elected as a member into the academy of arts
    of the GDR.
    She was torn away from her work,by her sudden death (2009),
    five days after having learned,that she had lung-cancer.
    Stamp issued July 1st,2015,commemorating her 75th birth-anniversary.
     
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    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    125th birth anniversary of Nelly Sachs (see posts #21 and #59).
    Stamp issued April 7th,2016;
     
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    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    Hannelore (Loki) Schmidt was born in 1919 as child of a workers
    family in Hamburg.When ten years old,Loki, - she invented her
    nick-name as a small child herself -,went to a co-educational school.
    She was in the same class as her later husband Helmut Schmidt.
    Together they smoked theirs first cigaretts,for both of them becoming
    a life-long habit.Helmut Schmidt later was the only person in Germany, who smoked when on television.
    When the Nazis ended co-education in Germany,Loki went to a convent-
    school.As the family did not have money to pay the fees,Loki could not
    study her preferred field,Biology and Botany.Instead she studied to
    become a teacher.In that profession she worked from 1940 till 1972.
    In 1942 Loki and Helmut Schmidt,who served as an officer on the
    Ost-Front (eastern front against Russia),married.
    From 1974 till 1982 she filled in the role of the wife of a german
    Bundeskanzler.But she also was back to her beloved Botany.As the
    wife of the Bundeskanzler she could foster many projects to save endangered plants.She wrote a number of books,not only about Botany and became a best-selling author at the age of 90,when she published her memories.
    Half a dozen plants are named after her,among them one,she had
    discovered herself in Mexico.
    After a short illness,she died in 2010.
    Stamp issued on March 1st,2019.
     
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