Neosho will soon have its own special postal cancellation, thanks to the U.S. Post Office and the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.
The postal cancellation is a special marking applied on a postage stamp or postal stationery. Cancellations come in a variety of designs, shapes, sizes and colors and usually include the date and post office location where the stamps were mailed. Cancellations can affect the value of stamps.
The new postal cancellation commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery was designed by local artist Jeff Jones and will be available to the public during the hatchery's anniversary celebration, Friday, July 12. Neosho Postmaster Douglas Taylor will be on hand during the event to apply the special cancellation. For one day and one day only, the Neosho National Fish Hatchery will be a postal station. The public can bring their letters and cards to the hatchery to be cancelled and mailed onsite by Taylor.
"This will be my first special stamp cancellation event and I am really excited and enthused to participate in the hatchery's 125th anniversary," the postmaster said. "Hopefully, a lot of visitors from the community of Neosho and surrounding area will come and enjoy an outstanding event and tour this wonderful facility."
Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery will have a commemorative post card available for purchase in the gift shop. These can be acquired the week before the event to allow for addressing and message writing, and then brought to the hatchery for stamping, canceling and mailing. Loved ones and friends all across the nation can then receive a special message commemorating the fish hatchery and the city of Neosho. Anyone wanting a souvenir cancellation can receive the print on a piece of paper free of charge.
Additionally, the gift shop will have available a first day cover. This is a special made envelope, stamped and cancelled with the commemorative cancellation that can either be mailed or preserved in a glassine envelope as a souvenir of the event. Several Missouri stamp clubs will be on hand to acquire the commemorative postal memorabilia. Hatchery Biologist Jeff Messens and Historian Larry James will each have their impressive collections of vintage hatchery post cards on display for the event.
Brief opening ceremonies for the event start at 9:30 a.m., followed with birthday cake and punch. The public is invited to attend.