Postmark: Parkdale, offered March 29

MT. HOOD-PARKDALE — The United States Post Office will be offering the last of a series of “Postmark America” postmarks at the Mount Hood-Parkdale post office in Parkdale, beginning March 29 at 10 a.m.

There will be three different postmarks available for the same zip code, which is highly unusual —“Mt. Hood,” “Parkdale” and “Mount Hood-Parkdale” cancellation devices will be available.

Each cancellation requires a separate 46-cent stamp and may be affixed to one or three separate envelopes. Postcards may also be used at the 33-cent rate. USPS postal stationary may also be used for obtaining these postmarks.

Since 2012, postmarks have been issued at Timberline Lodge, Government Camp, Rhododendron, Welches, Brightwood and Sandy, incorporating the graphic designs of Mount Hood by Gary Randall of Brightwood.

Each postmark showcases different views of the mountain, depending on how it looks from the post office in that area.

Postmark collector William White of Brightwood initiated the process, though Friends of Timberline was the official organization to apply. Approval had to be granted both in Washington, D.C., and locally.

“We’re the second area [in the nation] to offer this kind of postmark, where you can get a graphic design for your local area that attaches to the regular round dater,” said White, adding that the postmarks are a great way to draw attention to the towns around Mount Hood. The new series will be available indefinitely.

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