My pen pal Alan continues to provide me with philatelic wonders. He sent over some facsimiles of this cinderella stamp celebrating the "FIRST Woman's Stamp Club." I was immediately intrigued and headed to the Internet.
The frame around the portrait reads "Chicago Woman's Stamp Club." This club was founded in 1930 by Eveleen Mary Weldon Severn. She was an editor of Mekeel's Weekly Stamp News and the first female member of the Chicago Philatelic Society. Mekeel's still exists today, as does the Chicago Philatelic Society. One presumes that once the CPS allowed Mrs. Severn into the ranks, her fellow female philatelists followed suit, as there is no ladies-only stamp society today.
In researching this, I discovered that the Chicago Tribune used to run a column about stamp collecting. I can't think of anything more antiquated than a regular newspaper column about stamps. I suppose I am a champion of this in digital format. The writer of the column, Mr. Richard McP. Cabeen, donated his house to the philatelic research enterprise that is the Collectors Club of Chicago.