USPS Issues Lasting Tribute to Tejano Superstar Lydia Mendoza

USPS launched its new Music Icons stamp series today with the release of a Forever® stamp honoring Tejano star Lydia Mendoza.

LydiaMendoza-Forever-single-v5Known for her artistry with the 12-string guitar, Mendoza had a career that spanned seven decades. Her repertoire consisted of ballads about historical figures and songs about hard work, lost love, and the joys of everyday life.

In 1982, she received a National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 1999, she was awarded the National Medal of the Arts by President Clinton. She also has been inducted into the Tejano Music Hall of Fame.

“Mendoza was a true American pioneer, whose unique voice and style of singing, paved the way for a whole new generation of Latino performers,” said USPS Government Relations and Public Policy VP Marie Therese Dominguez. “Her impact on music guarantees her place in American music history, and today her legacy continues on 30 million postage stamps.”

The Lydia Mendoza Forever® stamps are available now at, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), and at Post Offices nationwide.

Later this year, we will honor Johnny Cash and Ray Charles on two more stamps in the Music Icons series.

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