Cancellation stamp tribute to Boll Weevil Monument

The United States Post Office on Glover Avenue will have a special service line open Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. to accommodate customers wanting to get the special cancellation stamp on their mail. Pictured, from left, are Enterprise Postmaster Bradley Colquett, Enterprise Special Projects Coordinator Kay Kirkland, Boll Weevil Centennial Steering Committee member Mo Sessions, Postal Clerk Neil Royal, Quality Printing Graphic Designer and designer of the Centennial Stamp Holly McSwain, Boll Weevil Centennial Steering Committee member Judi Stinnett and Enterprise Tourism Director Tammy Doerer.

An opportunity for collectors to celebrate a part of Enterprise’s history will be available for one day only.

The United States Post Office on Glover Avenue will have a special service line open Wednesday, Dec.11, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. to accommodate customers who want to get the special Boll Weevil Monument Centennial cancellation stamp on their letters and packages.

Designed by Quality Printing Graphic Designer Holly McSwain, the cancellation stamp is an updated version of the special cancellation stamp used 25 years ago for the 75th Anniversary of the Boll Weevil Monument.

‘We wanted to pay homage to the old stamp but also have it more updated and timeless,” McSwain said as the new cancellation stamp was unveiled at the Enterprise Post Office Friday, Dec. 6. “We wanted to do the same layout so that it would reflect the old stamp but it needed to be updated for the centennial anniversary.

According to Enterprise Postmaster Bradley Colquett, the original cancellation stamp is housed in the Pea River Historical Society achieves in the Depot Museum. This stamp is expected to be housed there, too, after Dec. 11, he said. “We’ll cancel an envelope, put it with the first one and house them together.

“There will be a special express line made just for the Boll Weevil centennial cancellation and you can get in that line and get your mail stamped,” Colquett added.

Coquett said that the design had to be approved by the central post office headquarters in Washington, D.C. “The district had to approve it, copyright had to be granted and they had to get the permission from the designer,” Colquett said, “Once that was signed off on, the stamp was produced and we just received it today.

“It took two months to get all the approvals because a lot of hands were involved,” he added. “On Dec. 11, this facility will actually be the ‘Boll Weevil Station,’ according to postal records because of the stamp. The next day we are back to being the Enterprise Post Office.”

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