Postal Service unveils new Mariachi Forever stamps

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Postal Service has begun circulation of 18 million mariachi stamps.

“These stamp pieces are really small pieces of art, aren’t they?” said Peter Pastre, vice president of Government Relations and Public Policy for USPS. “They tell a story all in themselves and that’s the joy, I think, of celebrating these stamps.”

The Mariachi Forever stamps were years in the making. The Postal Service said it wanted the stamps to reflect every aspect of mariachi.

USPS worked closely with artist Raphael Lopez, who designed the stamps and created the art.

Each of the five new stamps in the pane of 20 features a musician, dressed in the traditional outfit of mariachi performers, playing one of five iconic mariachi instruments: guitar, guitarrón, vihuela, violin and trumpet.

For more information about the stamps and how to purchase them, click here.