Just a few months ago, the United States Postal Service honored Jaime Escalante – the Bolivian-born educator immortalized by Edward James Olmos in Stand and Deliver – with his own Forever stamp. And now, the USPS continues to provide Latinos who frequently use the postal service a new set of must-have stamps. On Monday, the government agency gave a peek into its 2017 collection, explaining its commitment to use stamps as a way to represent all Americans.
“The Postal Service is thrilled to provide this sneak preview of a few subjects our 2017 program as we continue offering exciting new topics on stamps that will have wide appeal to stamp enthusiasts in America and abroad,” said Mary-Anne Penner, USPS Stamp Services’ executive director. “Stamps are miniature works of art that tell America’s story.”
While we don’t have a complete idea of what else the USPS will debut next year, we do know that it’s paying tribute to our bomb food with its Delicioso series. The collection of stamps features six dishes that have Latin American origins, including tamales, flan, sancocho, empanadas, chile rellenos, and ceviche. John Parra designed the colorful stamps. The collection could definitely benefit from some conchas, mofongo, baleadas, pupusas, and mangu stamps, but we’ll take it.
Update, March 30 at 1:40 p.m.: The stamps will go on sale starting on April 20, 2017. You can buy them here.