Sunday, June 29, 2008

Santo Stamps

To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of El Santo's passing, the Mexican post office has released a series of stamps honoring the legendary lucha libre wrestler and movie star (and also his son, El Hijo del Santo). A ceremony was held on June 19th, with El Hijo del Santo in attendance, and a surprise visit by Yolanda Montes, who as "Tongolele" may be familiar to Mexican horror fans for her provocative dancing in SNAKE PEOPLE, one of the notorious four Mexican films starring Boris Karloff.

Here are some photos from the First Day Issue event held in Mexico City:

The stamps are available as a sheet or in a special edition foldout that includes the stamp sheet, two first day of issue stamped commemorative envelopes, and what looks like a one-dimensional Santo mask. All items are available on eBay, though prices can get high for the special edition release.