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Magnificent Mexican 2021 stamps

Written by catpaw

September 01, 2021

I put off Mexican 2021 stamps for a day I needed a pick me up. There’s something about Mexican designers and artists that appeal to me in ways I can’t explain, I simply love them. This extends well beyond philately. It’s one of those indefinable things, I can’t tell you why, I just do.

I became familiar with Mexico’s stamps years ago when I started collecting world airmails. I’ve long had a soft spot for their airmails because of the way Mexican history and culture is woven into each. When I began listing the current year (2021), I was pleased to see the same unique stylings. Correos de México does a magnificent job and I’m an unabashed fan.

History, history and oh yea, some great history

If you are unfamiliar with Mexico’s long, rich history, you are in for a treat. I’ve tried to include relevant videos and links that offer details about specific people and events.  The videos are in Spanish, but I’ve tried to source ones that won’t be difficult to follow for non-speakers.  The Birth of Benito Juárez, for example, was developed for school children, so it turned out to be very easy to follow.

Most of the article links will lead you to English sources. It took a while to pare through all my material. I may go back and post a few more links as the year goes along. 

Cancels and a few notes 

While Mexico’s cancels aren’t as lush as Peru’s or Japan’s, they are worth chasing down. As well, Mexico’s post office supplies a page dedicated to each year’s cancels that can be downloaded and kept for reference. You can find post marks dating back to 2011 here.

I’m trying something a bit different with this article. Along with the cancel page, the post office offers info sheets for each stamp. All the info pages have been posted and add a bit of extra information for collectors. If the response is positive, it may become a permanent feature next year (when  available). For comparison purposes, check out Peru’s Lunar New Year entry. Skip down to Sept. to see it. 

There is a discrepancy in the release dates between the post office news releases and the online store entries. I’ve opted to follow the store release dates for this article. 

If you have any favourite sites on Mexico, it’s history & culture, share them in the comments. Onwards to the stamps! 

February offerings for Mexican 2021 stamps

114th Anniversary of the Postal Palace

114th Anniversary of the Postal Palace

 114th Anniversary of the Postal Palace  Mexican 2021 stamps

palais postale postcard  Mexican 2021 stamps

Postal palace info sheet  Mexican 2021 stamps

1 stamp, cancel, info sheet

Construction started 1902 and completed 1907. Architect Adamo Boari

The structure’s unique style hasn’t lent itself to easy classification over the past century; rather, it’s become a sort of architectural mood ring, with assessments revealing more about the viewer’s perspective than what is necessarily most prominent in the building itself. Terms and descriptors for the Palacio most frequently tossed about include: Art Nouveau, Moorish, Venetian Gothic Revival, Baroque, Neoclassical, Spanish Renaissance Revival, and more. 
Atlas Obscura has an interesting article about the  Palacio and it’s history. 

Designer: Vivek Luis Martínez Avín

Release date: February 17, 2021


Mexican Flag Day, February 24

Mexican Flag Day

 Mexican Flag Day, February 24 showing strip of 5 stamps  Mexican 2021 stamps

 Flag of Mexico FDC  Mexican 2021 stamps

5 stamps, cancel, info sheet

Flag info sheet

5 stamps, FDC, cancel

Timeline of Mexico’s flag – Learn about the history of the Mexican flag (#EsMiBandera) | Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores | Gobierno | gob.mx (www.gob.mx) 

Designer: Sergio Barranca Rábago 
Painter and Work: Oh! Patria mía, oil painting by Jesús Helguera, 1963
Rights of Use: Landin Calendars

Release date: February 24, 2021


Mexican 2021 stamps for March

215th Anniversary of the Birth of Benito Juárez 1806 – 1872

Birth of Benito Juárez

215th Anniversary of the Birth of Benito Juárez  Mexican 2021 stamps

 215 Aniversario del Natalicio de Benito Juárez FDC  Mexican 2021 stamps

215 Aniversario del Natalicio de Benito Juárez info sheet

1 stamp, FDC, cancel, info sheet

This video is in Spanish, but not difficult to follow. You can also take a look at Wikipedia’s lengthy article on Juárez

Designer: Rodolfo Espíndola
Betancourt Photography: Museo 

Release date: March 21, 2021


Mexican 2021 stamps for April

100 Years of the Birth of Astor Piazzolla 1921-1992

Birth of Astor Piazzolla

 100 Years of the Birth of Astor Piazzolla  Mexican 2021 stamps

100 Years of the Birth of Astor Piazzolla FDC  Mexican 2021 stamps

1 stamp, cancel 

Influenced by the music of Bach, Igor Stravinski and Béla Bartók take tango to another level, creating a fusion of jazz, tango and classical music. He made important recordings with lyrics by figures such as Jorge Luis Borges, Ernesto Sábato and the poet Horacio Ferrer, with whom he wrote the popular composition “Balada Para un Loco”. 100 Years of the Birth of Astor Piazzolla | Mexican Postal Service | | Government gob.mx (www.gob.mx)

Astor Piazzolla – Libertango (1977) Enjoy!

Designer: Ricardo Venegas Gómez

Release date: April 29, 2021


May 2021 Stamp Releases

 
The Mayan Social Struggle – Caste War
Mayan Social Struggle - Caste War
 
1 stamp, cancel, info sheet
Chiefs Cecilio Chi and Jacinto Pat are depicted on the stamp
If you have a solid historical link for this stamp, I’d appreciate a link dropped in the comments.

Designer: Luis Quezada Villalpando
Mayan Artist:  Marcelo Jiménez Santos

Release date: May 4, 2021


World Philatelist Day

World Philatelist Day

World Philatelist Day

 World Philatelic Day FDC

World Philatelic Day info sheet

1 stamp, cancel, info sheet

Designer: Nancy Torres López

Release date: May 12, 2021


200 Years of the Mexican Navy

200 Years of the Mexican Navy  Mexican 2021 stamps

200 Years of the Mexican Navy

 200 Years of the Mexican Navy FDC  Mexican 2021 stamps

200 Years of the Mexican Navy info sheet

1 stamp, cancel, info sheet

A brief timeline of the Mexican Navy – Navy Fleet: Mexican Navy

Designer: Luis Quezada

Release date: May 28, 2021


June Releases 

Vicente Rojo, a career, a collection

Vicente Rojo  Mexican 2021 stamps

Designer: Diana A. Urbano Gastélum  Title of the work: Geometric projection 1966  Author: Vicente Rojo 

 Vicente Rojo FDC  Mexican 2021 stamps

Vicente Rojo info sheet  Mexican 2021 stamps

1 stamp, cancel, info sheet

This info sheet shows flashes of what Mexico can do with the newsletters. The over all design is wonderful and it would be nice to see as much effort go into each one.

Lengthy interview with Rojo, conducted in Spanish. 

Designer: Diana A. Urbano Gastélum 
Title of the work: Geometric projection 1966

Artist: Vicente Rojo

Release date: June 10, 2021


Mexican 2021 stamps for July

130 Years of the Secretariat of Communications and Transport

130 Years of the Secretariat of Communications and Transport

  Mexican 2021 stamps 130 Years of the Secretariat of Communications and Transport  Designer: Mexican Postal Service  april 12, 2021

130 Years of the Secretariat  Mexican 2021 stamps

 130 years transport FDC  Mexican 2021 stamps

130 years transport infosheet 

21 stamps, mini sheet, FDC, cancel, info sheet

Designer: Nancy Torres López

Release date: July 23, 2021

 

238 Years of the Birth of Simón Bolívar

238 Years of the Birth of Simón Bolívar  Mexican 2021 stamps

238 Years of the Birth of Simón Bolívar  Mexican 2021 stamps

Simón Bolívar FDC  Mexican 2021 stamps

Simón Bolívar Info sheet 

1 stamp, cancel, info sheet

Biography of Simón Bolívar – Simón Bolívar (cervantesvirtual.com)

Designer: Vivek Luis Martínez Avín
Credits: Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Grupo Bal / CEMEX

Release date: July 24, 2021 


August 2021 stamps

Teacher’s Day – Rosaura Zapata Cano 1876-1963

 Teacher's Day - Rosaura Zapata Cano  Mexican 2021 stamps

 Teacher's Day - Rosaura Zapata Cano FDC

 Teacher's Day - Rosaura Zapata Cano info sheet  Mexican 2021 stamps

1 stamp, cancel, info sheet

Previous stamp featuring Rosaura Zapata Cano appeared Jan. 1, 1994

Rosaura Zapata Cano 1994

Learn more about Rosaura Zapata Cano Master’s Day | Mexican Postal Service | | Government gob.mx (www.gob.mx)

Designer: Ricardo Venegas Gómez

Release date: August 3, 2021


2021 Year of Independence

 2021 Year of Independence  Mexican 2021 stamps

 2021 Year of Independence FDC  Mexican 2021 stamps

2021 Year of Independence info sheet 

1 stamp, cancel, info sheet

The Spanish language page at Wiki is much more detailed than the English page. Use Google Translate to read it. Independencia de México – Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre. The English page is good for an overview. Mexican War of Independence – Wikipedia

Designer: Rodolfo Espíndola Betancourt

Technique: Illustration and digital composition Work: Allegory of General Vicente Guerrero y la Patria
Author: Gómez del Payán Medina Jaime Antonio (1988)

Release date: August 9, 2021


35th anniversary of the Mexican Postal Service

 35th anniversary of the Mexican Postal Service stamp  Mexican 2021 stamps

 35th anniversary of the Mexican Postal Service FDC  Mexican 2021 stamps

35th anniversary of the Mexican Postal Service Info sheet 

1 stamp, cancel, info sheet

Designer: Nancy Torres López

Release date: August 20, 2021


Mexico Tenochtitlan, More than Seven Centuries of History

Mexico Tenochtitlan 

Mexico Tenochtitlan FDC

Mexico Tenochtitlan info sheet

Designer: Rodolfo Espíndola Betancourt

This is an interesting news article with a timeline – Mexico commemorates indigenous resistance, from arrival of Cortés to fall of Tenochtitlan
UNESCO has a brief page on the archeological heritage of Tenochtitan

Release date: August 30, 2021


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