Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Lincoln commemorative envelope and postmarks

The Post Office in Hodgenville, KY — the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln — is participating in a two-year national celebration commemorating the 200th birthday of the nation’s 16th president.

Employees will sell commemorative envelopes with special postmarks in honor of Lincoln — who was appointed New Salem, IL, Postmaster in 1833.

The job paid only about $50 a year, but it took little of his time and gave him the chance to read all the incoming newspapers free. He read every issue and was particularly interested in the political news.

Customers can order the envelopes by mail beginning today until March 12, 2008. They should include a return address, phone number, the quantity desired and a check or money order payable to “Postmaster.”

Orders go to: Lincoln Bicentennial, C/O Postmaster, Hodgenville Post Office, 102 S. Walters Avenue, Hodgenville, KY 42748-9998. The envelopes cost — appropriately — $5, the denomination of the bill that honors Lincoln. Each includes the Forever Stamp with the words “Forever Immortalized” across the top.

Special postmarks also are available by mail until March 12, 2008. Send a stamped, self-addressed envelope inside another envelope and mail to the address listed above. For more information, contact the Hodgenville Post Office at 270-358-3404.

Shown above, Abraham Lincoln delivering mail and special commemorative envelope.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM