President immortalized on new postal emission

Correos de Costa Rica has come out with a new stamp commemorating the constitutional change that gave women the vote in 1949, and featured on the stamp is the leading women politician of today, Laura Chinchilla.

Each of the two stamps are valued at 340 colons, about 68 U.S. cents. Ms. Chinchilla is seen waving to the crowd shortly after being sworn in as president May 8, 2010.

The stamps were issued without fanfare May 9. Women were among the groups that benefited from the revolution of 1948. The stamp features a photo of the first woman voter at the polls in  Tigra de San Carlos that is preserved in the  Biblioteca Nacional de Costa Rica.

That probably was at the local elections in 1950, the first after the legal change.

All of the commemorative stamps issued by the postal service can be purchased at the stamp store in the main post office in downtown San José or online via the Correos Web site.Stamps are available as are first day covers for collectors.

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