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The Half-n-Half Post Office of Texarkana is split down the middle between the state boundary of Texas and Arkansas in the US.

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Depicted the this old vintage postcard

And the postmark carries the name of both the states.

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Would like to know whether it still functions like this.

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aranyadc wrote:The Half-n-Half Post Office of Texarkana is split down the middle between the state boundary of Texas and Arkansas in the US.

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Depicted the this old vintage postcard

And the postmark carries the name of both the states.

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Would like to know whether it still functions like this.

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Looks like if you enter the middle door, you'll be in two states at the same time -- one foot in each! :shock:
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I was wondering how one handles inter state taxation issues for this Texarkana PO, if there is any difference of taxation between two states...and whose law governs this PO? What about disputes....hmmmmm, too early in the day for me to think of all these things.... :roll: :?
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aranyadc wrote:Thanks Glen for the nice update. To continue, there was a post office inside a Lighthouse in Peggy's Cove Lighthouse at Nova Scotia, Canada, till recently.

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Any letter was postmarked with the lighthouse.. like this

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This is correct... I visited this post office while on a summer 1987 family vacation and got the postmark on a few post cards. However, this post office is not in operation anymore as mentioned in the following link:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2009/11/05/n ... l?ref=rss

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Staying with the Lighthouse theme - this is the postbox (not really post office, although you can buy stamps inside) at the southernmost point of Africa, which is not Cape Point south of Cape Town as many believe. This is Cape Agulhas, near a town called Bredasdorp. Amazing George V postbox still in use, you can see it in the first pic with the lighthouse, to the left of the door, and then there is a close up of the box only. Africa ends here. Next stop is Antarctica, 6100km further south.

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Eilat Underwater post box inside the Eilat Aquarium Water park, Israel. The sign on the box promises that all letters will get special underwater Eilat postal mark. It is below the Red Sea.

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The mail is cleared at 9 am every morning. There is a stamp and postcard shop inside this observatory.
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I just love this thread, some of the photos and covers are fantastic!

I came across the thread as we are featuring an article about unusual post offices in a future issue of Stamp & Coin Mart. I'd love to feature some of the photos/images here, so wondered if those who posted them would be kind enough to e-mail them to me and allow me to reprint in Stamp & Coin Mart magazine. If so, my e-mail is: matthewh@warnersgroup.co.uk

I hope that request does not break any forum rules, and thanks for your time and help.
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Much like the Malta Mobile Post Office pictured earlier, the U.S. had Highway Post Offices (HPO's) in use before the advent of Airmail service.

In the years during and following World War II, passenger train service in the United States was drastically curtailed. Highway Post Offices were instituted to take over some of the functions previously performed by the Railway Post Offices.

Starting in 1941, motor vehicles began traveling regular highway routes, picking up, dropping off, and sorting mail on the go. These HPO's were especially important to residents in rural communities.

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I added this to Post a picture of your local Post Office, but I think it's worth repeating here. Unusual? I think so.

A Post Office with a difference. Meet Albie Lyons, postman of Cheepie, Queensland, 4475. Population = 1.

Outback Postman in a town of one.
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aranyadc wrote:Image

Eilat Underwater post box inside the Eilat Aquarium Water park, Israel. The sign on the box promises that all letters will get special underwater Eilat postal mark. It is below the Red Sea.

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The mail is cleared at 9 am every morning. There is a stamp and postcard shop inside this observatory.

The Postcard from the Eilat Underwater post office just arrived

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Postmark saying From the depths of the Red Sea
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Carlsbad Caverns Underground post office cover "Mailed 750 feet underground". Got this image from ebay of a cover. Anyone living near New Mexico, US, who has seen a post card with this mark?

More here at https://www.gadling.com/2007/04/25/mail-a-postcard-from-underground-carlsbad-caverns/

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One more postcard which arrived today in my mail...from Carlsbad Cavern , "Mailed 750 ft underground"

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The Half-n-Half Post Office of Texarkana is split down the middle between the state boundary of Texas and Arkansas in the US.
Well, if Texarkana P.O was in middle of two states then the Post Office at Morokulien is between Sweden and Norway. From this neutral territory ( some people of this place with no permanent inhabitant like to call this a republic); letters can be stamped with three postmarks: Norwegian, Swedish and Morokulian postmark. This is the only place where you legally can post letters with stamps from two countries. Even the combination of a Norwegian and Swedish stamp is allowed.

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Postcard with Norway stamp

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Cover with Sweden stamp


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Postmark having both Sweden and Norway named
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Hi,
Just to let everyone know that I have launched my own website http://www.aranyas.net , where I have started writing on a blog which talks about all the unusual and extreme post offices as well as extreme/ unusual mail covers at

http://www.aranyas.net/blog-on-extreme-mail.html

I will keep on adding more posts as time goes on, request comments from visitors to this blog.

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Coober Pedy Opal Mine, underground Post Office, SA

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Hi All

I am looking for this cover.

COOBER PEDY OPAL MINE, UNDERGROUND POST OFFICE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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At the bottom . the post master has printed From Coober Pedy - The Only Underground Dug Out Post Office In The World A.P. North, Postmaster .

A printed insert is found which had a message that was the same as the manuscript on the front of the cover

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As per Martin Walker’s book ‘ Post, Telegraph and Telephone Offices of South Australia and the Northern Territory’ 2004, page 86.

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If anyone has it, kindly notify me.
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Moderators,

I have unwittingly put this as a separate topic. Can you please add it to the World's unusual post offices string?

Apologies in advance
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Thanks for appending the post.

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Here is the picture of the now- defunct post office.

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aranyadc wrote:Hi,
Just to let everyone know that I have launched my own website http://www.aranyas.net , where I have started writing on a blog which talks about all the unusual and extreme post offices as well as extreme/ unusual mail covers at

http://www.aranyas.net/blog-on-extreme-mail.html

I will keep on adding more posts as time goes on, request comments from visitors to this blog.

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The blog has been renamed as Blog on Carried covers and has the following address now

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The post office barrel on Floreana Island appears to have been cleaned up a bit. I dutifully left some cards, and took some home to deliver.

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Last year we discovered that on Floreana, a small island in the Galapagos Islands, visitors place letters and postcards in a barrel for future travelers to pick up, and hand deliver to the addressee - or mail within their own country.

THAT is the most unusual "Post Office" I have visited for sure!

The tradition was started by 18th-century whalers as a way to stay in touch with family and friends in England.

The practice started in the late 1700s as a way for English and other nation whalers to communicate with friends and family back home.

The men heading out to sea would deposit their correspondence, which sailors returning home would collect and deliver in those countries where possible.

The "Post Office" here looks like an installation piece by Robinson Crusoe. With eclectic piles of driftwood and all manner of other organic detritus surrounding the elevated barrel.

Stickers, scrawlings, messages and suchlike adorn the driftwood assembly, as if they were a bathroom wall in a bar. Even carvings from past decades of travelers.

We took some Australian mail back home, and forwarded it on. :mrgreen:

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The world's northern most post office is the famous Ny-alesund Post Office
at the International Research Station on the island of Spitzbergen (belonging to Norway).

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Any more pix to add folks? :lol:

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Of course!
I usually write about them more nowadays in my own site. However ,I am more than happy to share here as well.

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Tasmania Tree Post office :

A giant stringy bark gum near Cradle Mountain between Lorinna and Sheffield in Tasmania, was known as “Middlesex Post Office,” between 1912 and 1914, when the local population increased suddenly with new rural settlers.

The tree had a large hole in its base, where people deposited parcels, letters, sacks, etc. Regularly but unofficially it was visited by the Postmaster from Lorinna about five miles distant. He was literally a “post office on horseback,” carrying stamps, postal notes, delivering and receiving mail. The Post Office tree as it is known to this day was quite a gathering place, like small rural post offices today, where people meet to “locals” consisted mainly of timber workers and farmers who collected their mail from an unlocked box left at the “post office” if they missed the postman. The system had most of the convenience of home delivery, with the added excitement of meeting neighbours.

The old tree was cut down when a sawmill was established at Daisy Dell (now a ghost town) nearby but the service continued from the old tree, which became a community symbol.

The tree is no longer used as a post office but for many years since 1914 residents would leave a letter at the tree and the next person going to town would take it in to the nearest post office.

The locals’ crude mail system was a rather chancy business particularly during bad weather and if the letter was urgent. But, the mail always seemed to get through.

Today, the Post Office Tree of years gone by is chiefly a place of interest for tourists, evoking romantic thoughts of lonely settlers, and the postal services that brought them periodically in contact with civilisation.

The old wooden sign pictured above erected by the Scenery Preservation Board to preserve the historical importance of the tree has recently been replaced by a cement monument erected by the Kentish Council.
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rochan2010 wrote:The world's northern most post office is the famous Ny-alesund Post Office
at the International Research Station on the island of Spitzbergen (belonging to Norway).

Here is my cover from the Ny-alesund Post office. A part of my unusual post offices collection.

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Looking for a cover with the depicted postmark from the Cranmere Pool, Devon unusual Post Box. Can someone help me??

Cranmere Pool is a marshy land in Devon, England, having a large granite box that contains one of the three officially recognised Dartmoor Letterboxes, the other being Duck's Pool. It could also be said to be the birthplace of Dartmoor Letterboxing.
In a nutshell, letterboxing was originally a Dartmoor phenomenon whereby a rubber stamp with some sort of design on it and a visitors book are placed in a container . Its a kind of a geocaching where once the letterbox is found a copy of the rubber stamp is taken and the visitors book duely signed to verify the fact that they had indeed been there.

In 1854, a person called James Perrott decided to leave a large glass jar on top of a cairn at the pool so visitors could leave their calling cards in recognition of their visit. Future visitors could then see who else had been there previous to them. This idea evolved to include a proper visitors book where people could leave comments of their visits and so in either 1889, 1887 or 1903 a tin box containing a visitors book replaced the glass jar. This soon rusted out and in 1905 a zinc box was used. Now it is replaced by a stout granite box with oak door.

It was sometime in the 1960's that the first letterbox stamp appeared at the pool. Since then, provided it has not been stolen there has always been a rubber stamp and visitors book in the letterbox. Another tradition that has grown up is that if a self addressed and stamped letter or postcard is left in the letter box the next visitor will usually take it home and post it.
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Perhaps not as unusual as other post offices featured in this thread, but I thought it was worth sharing:

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Last month I was in Armenia and spent two days in neighbouring Nagorno-Karabagh republic. My free time was very limited and I did not manage to buy stamps from the post office there. I was wandering in the city of Shushi, still largely in ruins since 1992, when the city fell to Armenian forces, on the lookout for a post office. Finally I decided to ask local people, who directed me to the aforepictured building. The post office was supposedly located on the 2nd floor, but we were short of time and I decided not to give it a try. So I was not able to verify the information, and I only took this picture of it.

An atypical building for a post office, at least according to my standards, with no signs on it -- you really have to know that there is a post office on the 2nd floor, no way to guess it... But a building that perfectly fits in the local scenery.

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A post box rather than a post office but I thought the extra equipment and the pick up details were interesting.

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Doing Vanuatu covers in January for the "exotic covers" group, and will try to get the "volcano post" cancel.

https://www.vanuatupost.vu/index.php/en/volcano-post

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Vanuatu lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", the active zone around the rim of the Pacific tectonic plate. Most of Vanuatu's islands are the result of volcanic activity in the last few million years, which is young, geologically speaking. There are some exceptional examples of volcanoes throughout the group with seven active volcanoes visible and several more in the sea. Each volcano has a character of its own and presents a unique opportunity to witness nature's unbridled power.
Unbelievably Vanuatu Post has established a post box near the fiery rim of Mt.Yasur's crater, where mailing a letter is a hot experience! Imagine molten lava exploding in the air metres from where you are writing and sending your postcard! This is what Volcano Post is all about.

The postal outlet on Mt.Yasur is recognised as the only post box in the world on a live volcano and has the support of Vanuatu's National Tourism Office. The post box is officially designated by Vanuatu Post as a postal outlet and mail is collected regularly by appointed postal agents. All mail receives a unique Volcano Post cancellation, which will become sought-after items amongst the world's stamp collectors. Like the Underwater Post Office, Volcano Post has dedicated stamps and postcards that enable the visitor or collector to keep these unusual and hard-to-find items. Imagine showing your friends a postcard from the Volcano Post Box, which was sent to you just a lava rock's throw from molten lava with temperatures over 1000°C!
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