Leaving an impression

Limited-time cancellation stamp to commemorate Craig centennial

— Norma Hahn likes stamps.

A lot.

Hahn has collected stamps for 63 years.

Her interest in postage includes cancellations stamps, or the marks made on postage stamps after they are mailed and prevent them from being re-used.

So, as Craig neared its centennial, she had an idea: Design a rubber cancellation stamp representing Craig's 100th birthday.

Hahn's granddaughter Amber spent about two weeks completing the stamp, Hahn said, using a Centennial coin provided by Craig Mayor Don Jones.

The stamp depicts the Center of Craig building and includes the centennial date, April 21, which is Monday.

Jones "has been wonderful," Hahn said, adding that the mayor suggested the stamp design.

Why Center of Craig? Because "it's one of the oldest buildings in town," he said.

On Monday, Craig residents can receive the special-made cancellation stamp on envelopes. The stamp must be requested.

In what is called a hand-back service, stamp collectors can request a copy of the stamp on a self-addressed and prestamped envelope, Craig Postmaster Victor Cordes said.

The envelope will be returned to the owner, but it cannot be sent through the mail stream.

Residents can receive a copy of the stamp at the Craig Post Office and the Museum of Northwest Colorado on April 21 to conduct the hand-back service.

On that day, a Post Office representative will be on hand from 9 until 10 a.m. and at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, Cordes said.

Residents also can request the cancellation stamp on envelopes they intend to send through the mail stream, Cordes said.

Residents can receive the stamp on other items including picture postcards, posters and plain cards, according to postal regulations.

"If they want the stamp, I'll stamp just about anything they've got," Cordes said.

The date will be removed from the cancellation stamp after April 21, but the stamp will be available for the next 30 days.

The stamp will be returned to the district post office after about 60 days, where it will be destroyed per postal policy, Cordes said.

The stamp already has begun generating interest.

"On my desk now, I have about six letters as far away as Maryland and as close as Kersey, Colorado," Cordes said.

The senders: Collectors looking for a piece of history.

"There (are) collectors out there," he said, "and they get word of the commemorative stamp" and request a copy on self-addressed envelopes.

Still, for Hahn and Jones, the stamp holds other significance.

"I think because it's a 100- year (celebration), it definitely deserves to have a special cancellation" stamp, Hahn said.

Jones agrees.

"I guess the 100th birthday would be a milestone for the city or the individual," he said.

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