Post office to leave its mark

2018-04-24 06:01

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While Fish Hoek celebrates its centenary today (24 April), the local post office will be leaving its mark to commemorate the day.

Fish Hoek Valley Historical Association chairperson, Alan Lindner, says special stamp canceller has been issued. “To celebrate Fish Hoek’s centenary, the SA Post Office has commissioned the manufacture of a date stamp to be used exclusively on that day at Fish Hoek Post Office in Main Road.

“This will commemorate the date when the first plots were auctioned to create the village of Fish Hoek in 1918.”

The Fish Hoek date stamp is the first date stamp issued for this year, Lindner says.

A stamp is cancelled with a date stamp canceller to show it has gone through the post by a certain date and to prevent the re-use of the stamp.

Martie Gilchrest, Post Office spokesperson for the Western Cape, says the decision to issue a stamp canceller came after communication with the Fish Hoek Valley Historical Society.

“A postage stamp is cancelled with a date stamp to show that it has gone through the post and it may thereafter not be reused. When commemorative stamps are issued, they are issued with a canceller of a similar theme. Some collectors collect cancellers or stamps that have been ­cancelled­ ­with special cancellers­.

“The Post Office aims to contribute positively to our communities and we are glad to add to the historic significance of this event. Artist Thea Clemons at the Philately Division of the South African Post Office designed it in the shape of a fish.”

The stamp canceller will only be used today (Tuesday 24 April) to celebrate Fish Hoek’s 100th birthday. “I believe the Historical Society is designing a commemorative envelope and this envelope with the special stamp canceller will be a nice memento of the celebrations of the day,” Gilchrest says.

The association had originally pursed the possibility of a commemorative stamp, but this is more time consuming, Gilchrist explains. “Commemorative stamps need to be approved by parliamentary committees, and the South African Post Office must receive the request at least two years before the date it is needed by.”

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