Frida Kahlo Honored with U.S. Postage Stamp

On June 21, 2001, both the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the Servicio Postal Mexicano (SEPOMEX) issued a stamp to commemorate Frida Kahlo.

A USPS press release on May 21 stated, "This is the first Hispanic woman to be honored with a U.S. postage stamp." As you recall, it created quite a stir in the U.S., mainly because of her lifestyle and membership in the Mexican Communist Party. By my count, published letters to Linn's Stamp News were about evenly divided between support and contempt for the issue. However, I do not know how many letters were received overall.

You may not know Frida Kahlo yet, but once you have seen the Mexican painter’s bewitching face with its bushy arching eyebrows, you’ll recognize her image everywhere. Even on a U.S. postage stamp.

Frida Kahlo (1907-54) is part of the U.S. Postal Service’s “New Century of Stamps”—right between Lucille Ball, Peanuts, Carnivorous Plants, and Leonard Bernstein.

Her work has significantly influenced Chicana artists in the United States, and since the mid-70s she has been a role model for women in the Mexican-American and feminist communities,” the Postal Service explains.

A portrait of this bi-curious revolutionary graced a United States postage stamp in 2001.

Best known for her striking self-portraits, Frida Kahlo is the first Latina ever to be honored with an U.S. postage stamp. In 2001,The United States Postal Service contacted the artist, Delgado to create a tribute on a very limited commemorative cachet which enhances her works and stamp. He incorporated several of her images from numerous paintings into an original and unquie design. Then this was produced into an limited edition of only 1000 worldwide. Each is signed and numbered by Delgado. Each cachet was hand stamped by the USPO showing the date of Ist release and each contains the stamp honoring Frida.