This past weekend I went on a train trip to Jasper National Park. I went there on Saturday and returned on Sunday. Seems like a short trip right? Well, I basically only went to stock up on postcards to send and to send a bunch of postcards to people from Penny, BC. Population: 1
|Penny Post Office|
To those of you that I said I would send postcards to this time around, they will be featured in the following photos. Diane, the Via Rail service manager who was working on this trip had previously told me about Penny and she always tells all the train passengers about it and encourages them to send postcards from Penny. She purchases the postcards from the Penny post office as well as the stamps then she sells them on the train for people to mail. I had sent one on the previous train trip but this time I was prepared and wanted to send a whole bunch to help support the Penny post office.
|Diane handing off your postcards to the|
Penny Postmaster Andreas (on Saturday)
|Diane picking up your postcards and the |
rest of the mail (on Sunday)
For any stamp nuts like me out there, there is a great opportunity here. If the Penny post office cannot get enough mail volume the government may close it. That would be a great tragedy. But, in the event that that happens the Penny postmark (seen below) will become a collector's item. If you would like something stamped with a Penny postmark and you do not live in the area I have found out that you may send a self addressed envelope (stamped or with the price of a stamp included) to the Penny post office. You may wish to write a short note asking Andreas to please postmark it and send it back to you. I'm sure he would love it if anyone just sent him a postcard or a nice Hello greeting as well. I am also told that stamps and Penny postcards can be purchased through credit card or PayPal but you would need to contact Andreas by email to find out about that. The address of the Penny post office and the email address where you can reach the Postmaster Andreas are posted below.
To the Postcards for Posties crew: I believe the plight of the Penny post office encompasses the whole idea of the Postcards for Posties campaign. So please friends, let's help support the post office by sending them mail. I know we can help keep this post office open. Let's flood it. Andreas will be so pleased. I was fortunate enough to meet him and he is a really great man. For him to be so dedicated to the post office to live in isolation like this is amazing. The winter population of Penny is 1 as Andreas' wife goes back to Germany. He was so pleased with the stack of postcards that I mailed on Saturday so let's keep them coming. :) I can also send postcards from Penny by dropping them off at the train station to be picked up and taken to Penny on the next train's departure so if you happen to send me a postcard and would like a Penny one in return I will see what I can do ;) . I learned about Penny all thanks to one Via Rail Service Manager, Diane and now I have shared it with all of you. If you have any messages for Diane let me know and I can pass them on for you. :)
If you would like more information on the history of Penny or other post offices in the Fort George area please leave a comment and ask me or if you are a member of Postcards for Posties send me a message on there. Thanks for reading this long post and I appreciate your support and I'm sure Andreas will too!
Mail was delivered to Penny on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
UPDATE: Sadly Canada Post has slated the Penny Post Office to close on December 31, 2013.