Melitta is the Latin name for Malta. The name Melitta means "honey".
In the colonial times Malta was a colony of England. So it's obvious to represent Melitta äs a woman (compare Britannia, Germania, Helvetia). In 1922-26 Malta had issued two series stamps picturing Melitta.
by Jan de Crom
taken from "The Postal Bee" 1/2009
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