By Robert G. Rank, AFDCS #1026Ch
Taken from First Days, Jan-Feb 1965
It is permissible to establish a service for collecting letters from firms or individuals for delivery to a Post Office. The Private Express statutes permit the establishment of a service of collecting for the addressees letters received at the Post Office, provided the letters remain unopened.
The first modern local post was started in Shrub Oak, N.Y., on May 1, 1953 by Herman Herst, who de-discovered (sic) [Should read re-discovered] the above provision. He issued a local stamp for the service, the first one of its kind in over 50 years. This post is still operating.
other local posts have since been established across the country. The local
stamp and local postmarks are affixed on the far left side of the envelope. The
services they prepay vary from one post to another-usually either posting or
picking up of mail for private individuals at the
unique and exciting feature of the
On February 14, both local posts will issue a stamp commemorating the Syncom satellite’s Olympics broadcast and on February 18th each will present a stamp picturing the Astronaut Theodore Freeman who was tragically killed in a plane crash October 31st. The February date would have been his 35th birthday, profits from the sale of mint stamps will be donated to his family.
“First day covers” may be obtained by submitting a U.S. stamped, self-addressed envelope together with 10c for each to Cape Kennedy Local Post, Box 2338, Satellite Beach, Fla. At least 2” must be allowed on the left side of the cover for the local stamp and local postmark. These stamps were designed by the author.
article was reprinted from the January-February 1965 issue of First Days,
the official journal of the American First
Day Cover Society. Copyright AFDCS 1965. Reprinted with the permission of the First
Days editor. For
additional information see the American First Day Cover Society online at www.afdcs.org
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