The postage cancellation machine is humming in the U.S. Post Office in Valentine, Nebraska.
Postmaster Arlene Paulson says they will process about 50,000 pieces of mail this month.
“One of the employees will take the rubber stamp and place it on the envelope,” Paulson tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Then, we take them to the cancellation machine, where it’s run through and every single letter, every single card, has the cancellation on it.”
For nearly 70 years helping cupid, Paulson says the post office in the tiny city in Cherry County shines in its special role, cacheting cards and letters with a special rubber stamp.
There are several cachets now in use, in addition to the holiday cancellation that goes over the postage.
This year’s cancellation was created by a 14 year old student at Valentine Middle School, Jessica Reynolds.
“It’s the State of Nebraska – the shape of the State of Nebraska,” Paulson explains, “and the artist’s work said ‘God bless the heartland.'”
Paulson says the design contests is open to middle and high school students who have an interest in art. She hopes it helps them further their talent.
“Oh, how can I describe her? She has true potential,” Paulson says of Reynold. “I can see her doing very, very well.”
Next year, Reynold’s cancellation design will become one of the cachets they use.
“A number of people who will send their articles here, will ask for a particular cachet,” Paulson says. “There’s actually couples who have been sending cards and letters to each other for over 50 years.”
Paulson says they will receive large envelopes and boxes full of cards to process with the special markings.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:40]