Feb. 14 is very special at trail P.O./museum

Stamp collectors, history buffs and curiosity seekers will all want to make their way to Trail this Saturday, Feb. 14, for an event unlike any in the county.

The Trail Post Office will operate out of the Trail Museum from 11- 2 p.m. on Valentine’s Day to cancel the stamp in recognition of Oregon’s 150th birthday. The Oregon stamp was done from an oil painting of the Oregon coast done by Gregory Manchess, of Beaverton. The photograph was taken just south of Boardman State Park, which is north of Brookings.

The Oregon Statehood Commemorative Stamp, sells for 42 cents like all regular stamps. The stamp will be postmarked with the Jan. 14 postmark in the shape of the state of Oregon, or one with a row of trees and bigger letters OREGON and a Feb. 14 date.  Postmaster Barbara Falcy says they can postmark with either or both postmarks until March 19.

The letters can be put into the mail stream on Feb. 14, but after that letters are returned by hand or through the mail.

Kerry Jeffrey, customer relations coordinator for the post office in Portland, designed the postmark used across the state as well as the one for Trail. Jeffrey said the Feb. 14 postmark for Trail was from the first group of designs and probably his favorite.    

The Trail Post Office operated out of what is now the Trail Museum for 50 years, from 1947 to 1998. To honor that memory, the post office will return to that building, located at 100 Old Hwy 62, off Hwy. 227 and Hwy. 62, just around the corner from the current post office.

You can buy stamps at the post office, have them cancelled, mailed or given back to you for your collection. Be sure to bring your own envelopes. Not only is the event one for philatelists, it is an activity that delights children. Trail Postmaster Barbara Falcy and her staff will be on hand to welcome all comers.

Refreshments will be served.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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