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Hispanic Americans in the Postal Service and Philately

2 cent stamp with the face of John Philip Sousa
2c John Philip Sousa stamp, issued May 3, 1940. Sousa (1854-1932) was director of the US Marine Corps Band from 1880 to 1892. He wrote more than 100 marches, including "Semper Fidelis", "The Washington Post March","El Capitan" and the most popular "The Stars and Stripes Forever".

Since the first Spanish explorers and settlers landed in the Americas, Hispanic and Latino people have shaped the history and culture of the United States. Today, Hispanic and Latino people continue to demonstrate excellence in many areas including politics, public service, music, film, sports, business, science, and the military. The National Postal Museum is proud to recognize the significant contributions of these people and related events though various online exhibits.

37 cent stamp with a cartoon woman in a white dress and the text Cha Cha Cha

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage: People, Places and Events on stamps 

Stamps illuminate what we value as a people and a culture, and the National Postal Museum’s Celebrating Hispanic Heritage: People, Places and Events on Stamps sheds new light on the many contributions of Hispanic Americans and Latinos to the exploration, culture, growth, and defense of the United States. The virtual exhibit is bilingual (English and Spanish/Español).

Mexican flag with the text Correo Aereo

Mexico Via Airmail

Political leaders purposefully use print culture to promote political agendas, solidify authority, and fire patriotic emotions. The stamps issued by Mexico after its 1910-1920 revolution offer a compelling example. Among the postage stamps issued for this purpose, Mexico's airmail stamps played a significant role. The virtual exhibit is bilingual (English and Spanish/Español) and features both stamps and mail of Mexico.

photo of Roberto Pichs

The Pichs Collection: Cuba’s Postal and Aviation History 

This virtual exhibition Exploring Cuba’s Postal History, 1830-1939, through the Roberto Pichs Collections is an overview of Cuba’s postal history from the pre-philatelic period to 1939. It includes “folded letters” (pre-philatelic covers), stamped envelopes, and historic postcards, which have never before been published. The virtual exhibition Cuba’s Commercial Aviation History and the Pichs Collection is especially strong in depictions of the history of aviation, including many envelopes commemorative of events in Cuba’s aviation history.

20 cent stamp with an illustration of Roberto Clemente

The Great One: Roberto Clemente Walker 

April 1, 2001 — January 25, 2002
Roberto Clemente Walker has been honored on a US postage stamp twice. The first stamp honoring this great baseball player appeared August 17, 1984. He was selected again as a stamp subject in 2000, for the Legends of Baseball series.

Roberto Clemente Walker: The Great One (en español)

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