Linn’s Stamp News reports that the US Postal Service has closed down the philatelic sales unit at the Providence RI post office, with no advance notice or explanation. According to Linn’s, the unit had “fulfilled custom stamp orders and requests… from collectors all over the United States” for more than a decade.
In response to questions a USPS spokesperson cited the “change in district alignments” (the Providence District office was eliminated in the recent USPS reorganization) and “heightened financial reporting requirements”. It was not clear why those factors would have had any bearing on the Providence unit.
Linn’s editor Michael Baadke, in his Editor’s Column, praised postal clerk Donna Rajotte, who ran the unit since its inception in 2000, and questioned why the USPS would eliminate such an apparently profitable operation.