Greeting card geeks or diehard romantics, here’s a tangible gift idea: Postmasters at four Canadian offices are taking on a labour of love to cancel stamps in time for Valentine’s Day.
Postal markings bearing the names Love, Saint-Valentin, Cupids, and Heart’s Content are in demand; a cancellation is a postal marking applied on a stamp to prevent its re-use.
Love letters and cards from across Canada and far beyond are already arriving. To obtain the special cancel in time for Valentine’s Day, send your addressed card and affix postage. Place it in a larger envelope (with proper postage) and mail to the post office of your choice:
Connie Black-Sturby, Postmaster
Canada Post, Love
305 Main St.,
Love SK S0J 1P0
Lilianne Baribeau, Postmaster
Canada Post, Saint-Valentin
790 chemin 4e ligne,
Saint-Valentin QC J0J 2E0
Donna Gibson, Postmaster
Canada Post, Cupids
Cupids NL A0A 2B0
Joy Parrott, Postmaster
Canada Post, Heart’s Content
218 Main Road
Heart’s Content NL A0B 1Z0
The postmark will be affixed and your greeting card sent to your Valentine. For a destination within the province, allow at least six working days for your card to arrive at the post office, be cancelled with the special postmark and reach your loved one. Allow more time for other destinations within or outside Canada.
LOVE IS IN THE DETAILS
Love (Sask.): The Love post office has been serving the community since 1935 and making a romantic statement since 1984 when the first cancel was created. The village is home to fewer than 100 people.
Saint-Valentin (Que.): Canada Post’s love story with the municipality of Saint-Valentin started in February 1994 when its special cancel was created. Each year, this little post office, which serves about 500 residents, sees thousands of mail items coming through for local, provincial, national and international destinations.
Cupids (N.L.): As Valentine’s Day approaches, many who have been struck by cupid’s arrow send letters to the Cupids post office, which serves about 800 people daily.
Heart’s Content (N.L.): Another popular post office at this time of year is the one in Heart’s Content, which serves about 700 people. The post office’s cancel was created in 2003.
(Source: Canada Post)