US Postal Service puts stamp on the 50th anniversary of the Adirondack Museum

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE The United States Post Office at Blue Mountain Lake will join the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Adirondack Museum with a keepsake picture postmark - also known as a pictorial cancellation in collectors' circles - to be offered at a special postal booth at the museum.

The cancellation event will be held in the Visitor Center of the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake on Saturday, Aug. 4 from noon until 5 p.m.

Blue Mountain Lake Postmaster Susan Sessions says that the picture postmark is free.

We will apply the postmark on any envelope that has the proper postage, making it a first class souvenir of the celebration, said Sessions.

The postmark bears an image of the museum's logo - an Adirondack guide carrying a guideboat on his shoulders - and was provided at the request of the Adirondack Museum.

"It's a postmark that is more than circles and bars," adds Sessions. "It is a picture that tells a story."

People attending the local event may obtain the postmark in person at the temporary Post Office Station established at the museum. If the postal station is missed, but an individual wishes to obtain the postmark, a mail order request may be submitted. Pictorial postmarks are available only with the date indicated. Mail order requests must be postmarked no later than thirty days following the requested pictorial postmark date.

Customers wishing to obtain a postmark should affix First-Class Mail postage to any envelope or postcard, address the envelope or postcard and tuck in the flap. Place the envelope or postcard in a larger envelope and address it to: Postmaster 50th Anniversary Station, Route 28, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812.

After applying the pictorial postmark, the Postal Service will return the items (with or without addresses) under addressed protective cover.

Illustrated keepsake postcards and envelopes bearing the event's postmark -known as cachets by postal collectors - will also be sold in the Museum Store on August 4, 2007.

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