Local communities offering picture postmarks to celebrate bicentennial

Pictured above are three of the local postmarks

The Randolph County Tourism Board will be celebrating the bicentennial (200) year of Illinois by hosting an eight month series of picture postmarks. This year, beginning with Memorial Day and ending in December, the municipalities in Randolph County will be commemorating their community’s annual events.

The Randolph County Tourism Board began last year asking each town in Randolph County to come up with a hand drawing/computer generated picture depicting their town’s annual event. Once this hand drawing/computer generated picture was completed a rubber stamper was made of the pictures.

During these community events, the Postal Service will have a booth where they will apply the postmark on any envelope that has proper postage, making it a first class souvenir of the day. The picture postmark is free.

For more on these postmarks, please see this week’s print edition.