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On March 11, the United States Postal Service and the Orleans Bicentennial Committee will honor the 200th Anniversary of the founding of Orleans with a commemorative pictorial cancellation.

A pictorial cancellation is a unique postmark offered by the U.S. Postal Service to commemorate special events. Items that are cancelled using a commemorative design usually in very limited quantity are often sought after by stamp collectors and other interested in U.S. postal history.

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The postmark features the official Orleans 200 logo designed by Brandon Deckard.

According to Bicentennial Committee member Robert Henderson there are a several ways to participate in this historic event. One option is pick up a free special Orleans 200 Postcards now available through both the Orleans Town offices and Orleans Library or be present for the kick-off event downtown on Wednesday,March 11 to get your postcard.

Orleans Postmaster Lora Daugherty has announced that on that one day only, from the hours of 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. and Noon to 4:15 p.m. any one may bring their card into the post office purchase a 34 cent postcard stamp and receive the special postmark.

The Postmaster will also make available this unique pictorial cancellation on any material that bears un-cancelled postage at the U.S. First Class rate of 49 cents. These items do not require an address, as once cancelled, the item is immediately returned to the individual.

Anyone who can not attend the event can participate through the mail back service offered by the Orleans Postmaster. For more details please contact the Orleans Postmaster, (812) 865-2488.