Hispanic Americans in the Postal Service and Philately

Topical Reference Page
2 cent stamp with the face of John Philip Sousa

2-cent John Philip Sousa stamp, issued May 3, 1940. Sousa (1854-1932) was director of the Marine 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 through various online exhibitions.

Desde que los primeros exploradores y colonos españoles desembarcaron en las Américas, los hispanos y los latinos han dado forma a la historia y a la cultura de los Estados Unidos y de América Latina. En la actualidad, los hispanos y los latinos continúan demostrando excelencia en muchas áreas, como la política, el servicio público, la música, el cine, los deportes, los negocios, la ciencia, y el servicio militar. El Museo Postal Nacional se enorgullece de reconocer las importantes contribuciones de estos pueblos y eventos relacionados a través de varias exposiciones en línea.

dos sellos de mariachi
Únase a educadores del Museo Postal Nacional y el Museo Nacional del Latino Estadounidense para explorar la música de mariachi mexicana con un libro para niños, objetos de museo y sellos postales.
Exhibition

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. This virtual exhibition is bilingual (English and Spanish) and features stamps and mail of Mexico.

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Exhibition

Los líderes políticos a propósito usan imprimen cultura para promover agendas políticas, solidificar autoridad y encender emociones patrióticas. Las estampillas emitidas por México después de la revolución de 1910-1920, ofrecen un ejemplo exacto. Dentro de los sellos de correo emitidos con este propósito, las estampillas de correo aéreo jugaron un papel significativo. Esta exhibición virtual es bilingüe (inglés y español) y presenta sellos y correos de México.

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April 1, 2001 - January 25, 2002
Exhibition

The Great One
This exhibition featured one of baseball's great icons — Roberto Clemente Walker (1938-1972), who was honored on two U.S. postage stamps.

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Exhibition

Roberto Clemente Walker: El Grande
Esta exposición contó con uno de los grandes iconos del béisbol - Roberto Clemente Walker (1938 a 1972), quien fue honrado en dos sellos de los EEUU.

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Exhibition

Aunque existió como entidad emisora de sellos postales durante solo unos setenta y cinco años, la Zona del Canal de Panamá tiene una larga historia.

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Medio Centesimo de Balboa, Panama stamp
This series of the Republic of Panama stamps was issued late 1906, early 1907. It was Panama’s first portrait series and was engraved and printed by the Hamilton Bank Note Company of New York. The ornate frames and colors of each value differ, but the portraits in the center of all are black.
The Specialized Collections of El Salvador consist of three volumes of the John M. Taylor Collection, three volumes of the Charles S. Hamilton Collection, the J & H Stolow Album of the First Airmail Issue, and two volumes from the Michel Postal Stationery of the World Collection.
Letter from Puerto Cabello mailed on November 22, 1867 with large numeral 2 cancel
The specialized collection of Venezuela was anonymously donated on October 1, 1976 and on December 22, 1961. The first two albums include the early issues of Venezuela (Scott 1 – 20) and their overprints (Scott 40 - 48). These albums also include reconstructed rows and full sheets.
A Forever stamp with illustration of Celia Cruz singing
Learn about the inspirational life of Celia Cruz, an Afro-Cuban singer whose talent and charisma helped to popularize salsa music in the United States.
Four Day of the Dead stamps featuring illustrations of sugar skulls and flowers
Join educators from the National Postal Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian for a book read-aloud and an exploration of the imagery and traditions of the Mexican celebration of Day of the Dead | Día de los Muertos.

Lectures

U.S. Military Mail During the War with Spain - 1898

The 17th Maynard Sundman Lecture with Yamil Kouri Jr.
Cuba's War of Independence against Spain started in 1895. After more than three years of fighting neither side had a clear advantage. The United States’ involvement in this conflict in April 1898 against Spain had a decisive impact. After a few land and naval engagements, Spain capitulated in August 1898. Although brief, this conflict produced a rich and varied postal history legacy. The presentation described some of the fascinating aspects of this conflict that resulted in major global consequences for the United States.