1 Jack Child, “Argentina as Seen through Its Postage Stamps,” paper submitted for
Course 33.585, Latin American M.A. Seminar, American University, Washington,
D.C., 18 May 1966.
2 David Scott, European Stamp Design: A Semiotic Approach to Designing Messages (London:
Academy Editions, 1995).
3 Garry Trudeau, The 1990 Doonesbury Stamp Album (New York: Penguin Books, 1990);
Michael Thompson and Michael Hernández de Luna, Stamp Art and Postal History
(Chicago: Bad Press Books, 2000); Michael Hernández de Luna, Axis of Evil: Per-
forated Praeter Naturam (Chicago: Qualitica Press, 2005). For comment on the last
of these, see Alan G. Artner, “Art Review: Artists Display Sticker Shock,” Chicago
Tribune, 21 April 2005, 3.
4 Ríus (Eduardo del Río García), Filatelia para cuerdos (Mexico: Editorial Grijalbo,
5 Jack Child, “Researching the Politics and History of Latin American Postage
Stamps at the American Philatelic Society Research Library,” Philatelic Literature
Review 52.1 (2003): 50–63.
6 Jack Child, “The Politics and Semiotics of the Smallest Icons of Popular Culture:
Latin American Postage Stamps,” Latin American Research Review 40.1 (2005): 108–
1 Throughout the book, Latin American stamps will be identiﬁed at ﬁrst mention
by their Scott 2006 Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue number (e.g., Scott 280). Where
no letter designation is given, the stamp is in Scott category “A” (regular postage).
The letter “C” identiﬁes it as an airmail stamp, and “B” a charity surcharge stamp.
The country will be identiﬁed by name (e.g., Scott Guatemala C513) only when the
text does not clearly indicate the issuing nation.
2 Darryl Fears, “Mexican Stamps Racist, Civil Rights Leaders Say,” Washington Post,