In the northern part of our state is a small town with a population of just under 3,000 but in February this small town will get 40,000-50,000 pieces of mail sent through it’s post office. That town is Valentine, NE. All of the mail is, of course, Valentines cards, wedding invitations, and other love notes that the town will stamp with special valentine hearts.
We at Exterior Remodel & Design want to wish all of you a Happy Valentine’s Day and check out more about this awesome Nebraska tradition below.
Thousands of letters and packages flow into Valentine to be stamped with symbols of the holiday of love | Good News | omaha.com Each February, outgoing mail is postmarked in Valentine, Nebraska. The post office uses several stamps, including “Crossroads of the Sandhills” and “Heart City” designs. The stamp at top left was designed nearly two decades ago and is popular with customers.
A typical note to Valentine Postmaster Arlene Paulson requesting a hand stamp cachet. The post office handles about 50,000 cachets each year, most of them in February for the Valentine’s Day holiday. Paulson displays several similar notes in a glass case in the post office lobby.
Arlene Paulson, Valentine postmaster, works through some of the hundreds of letters that arrive daily during February seeking the post office’s special Valentine’s Day cachets.
Corrine Pascoe of Valentine selects a rubber stamp to apply a commemorative cachet to one of more than 50 letters she stamped and mailed Saturday at the Valentine Post Office.