ABILENE, Texas, July 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the enduring legacy of Western wear with four fun new Forever stamps. Inspired by the clothing and gear used by working ranchers, the iconic garments and accessories of the American West comprise a unique fashion style.
The Western Wear stamp booklet features four designs illustrating iconic Western wear staples — a cowboy hat, a cowboy boot with a spur, a Western shirt and a belt buckle featuring a longhorn skull.
The stamps are available now at Post Office locations nationwide and online at usps.com/shopstamps. News of the Western Wear stamps is being shared with the hashtag #WesternWearStamps.
The history of Western wear in the United States began in the 16th century when the Spanish arrived in Mexico. They brought horses and cattle, eventually establishing ranches, which spread into what is now Texas, New Mexico and Arizona by the early 1700s, and later into California. Known as “vaqueros,” these cattle herders wore utilitarian garments that protected them from dangerous weather conditions and environmental hazards. From cowboy boots to broad-brimmed hats to shirts with double-fabric yokes, such articles became associated with the wardrobe of the American cowboy and cowgirl.
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