Ralph Stanley Honored With Postal Service Hand Cancellations

Grand Ole Opry star Ralph Stanley will be honored with a special set of hand cancellations issued by 10 U. S. Post Offices in his home area of southwestern Virginia. These are not commemorative stamps but rather cancellation marks imposed on regular stamps at post offices once the envelopes or post cards to which the stamps are attached enter the mail system. The Stanley markings carry the same design and date — Aug. 2 — for each participating post office and will be released in conjunction with Dr. Ralph Stanley Appreciation Day, held annually in Dickenson County. Collectors can purchase all 10 cancellations at the postal station at the Dickenson County Fair through Aug. 4 or order them separately from these post offices: Bee, ZIP Code 24217; Birchleaf, 24220; Breaks, 24607; Clinchco, 24226; Clintwood, 24228; Dante, 24237; Davenport, 24239; Haysi, 24256; McClure, 24269; and Nora, 24272. The cancellations will remain available through Sept. 1. 07/31/01