Sunday, December 06, 2009

Post Marks Spread Holiday Cheer

Glenn Estus, president of the Vermont Philatelic Society was interviewed on WCAX-TV in Burlington, Vermont about holiday postmarks.

Shown in the piece are holiday covers being cancelled at the North Pole, New York and Bethlehem, New Hampshire post offices.

Glenn (shown above) writes on the Virtual Stamp Club website,"... the postal clerk was actually the general manager of the Santa's Workshop theme park. In the winter time the post office is located in the business offices. In the summer time it's located in the main park itself."

He goes on to say, "From 1953 to about 2004, the North Pole office was a station of Lake Placid, NY. As a matter of fact in 1976 when the Olympic stamps were issued in Lake Placid, the North Pole also had them on sale the first day since it was a part of the Lake Placid post office. The U/Os created using the postmark that was very relevant since the post office is on the slopes of Whiteface Mountain, the venue for the downhill skiiing events. About 2004 it was transferred to the Wilmington, NY post office."

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM