Dalhart pictorial postmark here soon
By Robin Scott
Mail carriers and recipients alike have an opportunity to join in on an event occurring in 52 panhandle counties, including Dallam and Hartley. The Texas Plains Trail Region and the Postal Service are partnering together to do a pictorial postmark in the county seat of 52 counties in the Plains Region. The TPTR began visiting the 52 post offices in those counties on January 6th and the endeavor will last until December 29th.
Every Wednesday in 2010, a different post office in a different county will do a pictorial postmark. According to the TPTR, the 52-week event will “Promote travel and heritage tourism by connecting points of pride, and hopefully generate a little revenue for the Postal Service.” An identical postage cancel for Dallam and Hartley counties has been produced for each county seat Post Office. The stamp cancellation for each county is the artistic genius of Rick Vanderpool.
Dalhart Post Master Traci Yanke stated, “The TPTR will be in Dalhart on March 24th at the Post Office on 7th Street beginning at 11:00 a.m.” Hartley County will receive its visit in Channing on June 10th. Yanke noted, “Philatelic collectors will truly enjoy the two stamps that are on envelopes that will have a Dalhart cancellation. One is of Hopalong Cassidy and the other is the Lone Ranger. Both are like the old black and white stamps framed by a TV.” The Dalhart, Texas cancellation includes the date and a cowboy boot and the art on the envelope has a windmill, and according to Yanke, “It is really pretty.”
Collectors may purchase the envelopes in a cache from all 52 counties participating. As an added bonus, Yanke added, “Anyone that purchases a cache will have his or her name put in a drawing. The winner will receive dinner and a play at La Rita Theatre.” She explained, “A cache is the plastic sleeve that the envelopes are in.”
The TPTR will be stopping off in all 52 Texas counties and is a formation of horses and wagons. The wagons will come through Dalhart on March 24th. Yanke noted, “A representative from the TPTR will be in Dalhart to answer questions and talk to the public. We will have punch and cookies and the drawing.”
The Texas Plains is a 52-county region that covers approximately 50,000 square miles and includes short grass prairies to canyon vistas. The Texas Plains was one of the last parts of the continental United States to be permanently settled, but have been occupied for millennia.