2021 55¢ Western Wear
Value: 55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)
Issue Date: July 23, 2021
First Day City: Abilene, TX
Type of Stamp: Definitive
Printing Method: Offset
Format: Pane of 20
Quantity Printed: 175,000,000
Western wear was originally worn by working cowboys on the range or ranch. Over time, it has become a fashion trend among non-cowboys as well. The United States Postal Service issued four Forever stamps in 2021 picturing iconic clothing items worn by cowboys. The stamps feature a cowboy hat, belt buckle with longhorn skull, cowboy boot with spur, and a western shirt. Around each centerpiece are popular western symbols such as roses, cacti, snakes, and stars.
Cowboy fashion became popular with the public when Hollywood began filming Westerns in the 1940s and 50s. These movies introduced the world to famous silver screen cowboys like Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and John Wayne. As these films grew in popularity, more people became interested in dressing like their favorite Western stars. This meant an increase in casual wear of cowboy hats and boots, western shirts, and accessories like bolo ties and bandanas.
Today, western clothing can be seen almost everywhere in the United States. For some folks, it's a fun way to show off their love of cowboy culture. For others, it's the uniform they put on every day before going to work in the saddle. Western wear is a reminder of simpler times, and it's hard not to smile when you see someone proudly wearing it.