Saturday, 27 May 2017

United States of America - Florida - Kissimmee - Celebration

In all countries, regions and other stamp issuing authorities there are many thousands of post offices. Of course collecting postmarks of them all would be almost impossible, but sometimes I come across one I want to have.

In Florida there is a community called Celebration. It was founded by the Walt Disney Company in 1994 and houses several Walt Disney business units. Many buildings are designed by well-known architects. The Celebration Post Office was designed by Michael Graves (1934-2015), who also designed the Ministry of Public Health and the Louwman National Automobile Museum, both in The Hague, Netherlands. Celebration is part of the town of Kissimmee, Florida.

For the envelope I bought a series of US Disney stamps from 20008 and stuck them all on the envelope. The total value of the stamps was more than the international tariff, but I didn't want to split the set. On the back of the self-adhesive stamps, the bit you peel off, was a description of the Disney character on the stamp. I didn't throw them away but put them in the envelope to let them travel to and from Celebration with the stamps.

The envelope came back with perfect Celebration postmarks, but as so often in the United States the envelope went through a machine and an Orlando machine cancellation was put over the top two stamps. There are enormous differences between US Post Offices when it comes to handling philatelic mail. There are some more examples to follow on this blog in the next few weeks.

Date sent: 3 May 2017
Date postmark: 10 May 2017
Date received: 16 May 2017
Number of days: 13
Envelope in collection: 48

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