Wrong ZIP on Rhode Island lighthouse first day covers.

pointjudithLinn’s Stamp News reports that the USPS made a mistake in the postmark applied to first day cancellations of the Point Judith RI Lighthouse stamp issued on July 13. The postmark reads “Narragansett RI 02883”. Narragansetts’s ZIP is actually 02882- 02883 is the ZIP for the neighboring village of Peace Dale. The USPS is offering exchanges for collectors who want the correct ZIP on their covers, but, this being the arcane world of stamp collecting, it will also allow collectors to order covers with the Peace Dale ZIP.

Valentine postmarks: Love is in the Air …or, Maybe Not

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE SEALED WITH LOVE FOREVER STAMPSWASHINGTON — Love is in the air. Or, is it? The U.S. Postal Service is recognizing Valentine’s Day this year by giving those madly in love a way to add an extra “I love you” to their greeting card envelopes and giving those who aren’t in a heart-shaped relationship, a way to express their feelings in a, well, civilized manner.

For those wanting to add an extra sentiment to their greeting cards, they can simply address the card to that special person, affix a First-Class Mail postage stamp and put it into a larger envelope, also with postage, address it to VALENTINE’S DAY POSTMARK, POSTMASTER, and then add any of the locations listed below to get that town’s postmark:

7815 BEAUTY RD BEAUTY KY 41203-9998
6664 ROUTE 362 BLISS NY 14024-9998
200 W MAIN ST HARTSVILLE TN 37074-9998
446 E 29TH ST LOVELAND CO 80538-9998
1423 RIVER FRONT RD LOVELY KY 41231-9998
239 N HALL ST VALENTINE NE 69201-9998


lovepostmarkThere is a special joint postmark between Juliette, GA, and Romeo, MI. Requests for this postmark can be sent to: ROMEO AND JULIETTE VALENTINE CANCELLATION, POSTMASTER, at 356 BOWDOIN RD, JULIETTE GA, 31046-9998 OR 119 CHURCH ST, ROMEO MI, 48065-9998.

For those not quite feeling the love this Valentine’s Day, the Postal Service has a way for them to express their intentions as well. Follow the instructions above and send greetings to the locations below to receive that town’s postmark:

1701 S MAIN ST BROKEN ARROW OK 74012-9998
1701 EL NIDO DIABLO CA 94528-9998
665 6TH ST SOUR LAKE TX 77659-9998
3701 US 52 HWY COWARD SC 29530-9998

In order to make sure the greeting cards receive the special postmark and are delivered in time for Valentine’s Day, requests should be sent to the cities above by Feb. 5.