Latin Music Legends Commemorative Stamps


Whether you are an official stamp collector or if you have an appreciation for Latin music, the new Latina Music Legends commemorative stamps are sure to please those alike.

These stamps honor five musicians and performers of the Latin sound whose contributions have had a lasting impact on American music — Selena, Carlos Gardel, Carmen Miranda, Tito Puente and Celia Cruz. Among the distinctive musical genres and styles represented are Tejano, tango, samba, Latin jazz and salsa.

Artist Rafael Lopez, San Diego, California, painted semi-realistic portraits of each musical artist designed to evoke their personality, vitality and even their sound. He used a warm palette of colors — from brilliant yellows, pinks and lime green to rich shades of purple and blue — to suggest the flavor and energy these artists brought to their work. Each musician is depicted in mid-performance.

Art Director Ethel Kessler says, “My goal was that when you see the stamp, you hear the music.”

The stamps go on sale March 16, 2011 but you can pre-order the stamps at