Thursday, December 06, 2012

Ohio Post Office Saves Rudolph

The Associated Press reports, "The most famous postmark of all has been saved, thanks to volunteers in the northwest Ohio village of Rudolph."

According to the piece by "Thousands of letters flood the village post office every December so that they can be stamped with a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer postmark. But the tradition was in danger of ending when the post office staff was cut down to one, and the work became too much to handle."

Charlotte Lamb, who's in charge of the tiny post office, is quoted as saying,""I struggled with it for a little bit, but then I just realized no matter what I wanted, it couldn't be done by me alone."

The article goes on to say, "When word spread, pleadings from local politicians and townsfolk persuaded the U.S. Postal Service to allow volunteers to stamp the special Reindeer Station postmark on the 80,000 letters and cards that come in from across the country. Close to 75 people, including a few retired postal workers, have signed up to work daily shifts."

Rep. Randy Gardner, who reached out to the postal service, said, "The reindeer stamp generates about $8,000 to $10,000 in revenue for the post office."

To get Rudolph's postmark on your holiday cards, send them already stamped, in a large envelope or box to: Postmaster, Rudolph, Ohio 43462

To read the entire article, click here.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM