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Posted 05/03/2013   3:55 pm  Show Profile Check Nells250's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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Posted 05/03/2013   8:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dirtydan223 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Love that train!!
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Posted 05/03/2013   8:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I never knew there was a National Train Day ... but sure enough:


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National Train Day is a holiday started by Amtrak in 2008 as a method to spread information to the general public about the advantages of rail travel and the history of trains in the United States. It is held each year on the Saturday closest to May 10th, the anniversary of the pounding of the Golden Spike in Promontory, Utah which marked the completion of the first transcontinental railroad.
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Posted 05/04/2013   4:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add I Brake For Stamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply


Left-- Hempstead NY

Right-- Walsenburg CO (I think)


-IBFS
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Posted 05/14/2013   10:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Zuzu to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Williamsburg, Iowa, CDS received yesterday:

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Posted 05/14/2013   12:14 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Zuzu to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Ord, Nebraska, CDS:

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I know it's barely legible - sharing mostly because it's red ink, which I don't see very often around here.
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Posted 05/20/2013   12:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Zuzu to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
From today's mail from the tiny (47 people according to the 2010 census) village of Saronville, Nebraska:


I even found a photo of the post office, which is apparently open from 8 am to 10 am Monday through Saturday:

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Posted 05/20/2013   1:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Although one can't always tell from a photo just what's there, the post office is surprisingly lacking a flagpole and the wall mounted mailbox is certainly an unusual piece of postal history from yesteryear. I thought those mailboxes were all but obsolete!
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Posted 05/20/2013   2:03 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Zuzu to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I think there is a pole at the corner of the sidewalk right in front of the door, but there was no flag at the time the photo was taken. Clicking on the photo will take you to the flickr page where it was originally posted. According to that page, it was taken May 28, 2010, which was a Friday. My guess is that the photo was taken after the PO had closed, so no flag.
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Posted 05/30/2013   2:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Zuzu to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nice red Osceola, Nebraska, CDS:



ETA: The scan cut off the top for some reason. The stamps are intact on the envelope.
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Edited by Zuzu - 05/30/2013 2:25 pm
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Posted 06/14/2013   10:53 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Zuzu to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Central City, Nebraska... notice the barcode/destination zip? The envelope was run through upside down. (You can click for a larger version.)


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Posted 06/14/2013   11:10 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Zuzu: It's also unusual these days to see a true CDS postmark. The year is also a bit "funky" in its appearance, especially the numeral "3" in "2013". Could it be that the part of the CDS that indicates the year was retrofitted later, to cause such a difference in appearance from the rest of the date?
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Posted 06/14/2013   11:16 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Zuzu to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
wt1, that seems very plausible. I tried to look at the Ord CDS posted above for comparison, but it's not clear.
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Posted 08/08/2013   8:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Zuzu to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well, y'all know I love my Nebraska cancels. Here's one for a place I'd never heard of: Wausa, pop. 634, apparently it's the Swedish Capital of Nebraska.


And here's a picture of the post office:

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Posted 08/09/2013   01:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That little town of Wausa, Nebraska has an interesting postal history as to how it got it's name (at least if Wiki can be believed.):


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In 1882 Theodore T. Thorson was the first resident. He named it Thorson, Nebraska. He was also the first postmaster. He was returning from a five month travel over the west coast, Montana and Wyoming, in search of a good location for stock raising.

Mr. Thorson returned to Minnesota and in the following spring married and returned to Nebraska with his bride. He leased 200 acres (0.81 km2) [of] land [and] built a sod house and started a sheep ranch consisting of 115 sheep. Families immigrating from Sweden began coming and Thorson was appointed land agent. At this time Creighton, Nebraska had the nearest railroad station. A pony express was started by a man with the name Campbell. He made three trips a week between Creighton. The post office was also Thorson's home.

By 1885, 12 new families had moved into the settlement and it was decided that they would change the name to "Vasa" in honor of the Swedish King Gustaf Vasa. The railroad came through Vasa on November 27, 1890. At this time the name was changed to Wausa, a combination of the kings name and the letters U.S.A.
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