You Can Have Our Freedom, But You’ll Never Take Away Our POSTMARK!

After all the foofaraw about the Postmark last week, it’s nice to see some action about the problem. Delegate Holmes-Norton and Postmaster Moore figured out that this really was pretty stupid to have mail coming from DC labelled with a postmark in Suburban Maryland most of the time. So, rejoice those of you who have yet to mail your Christmas Cards, they could still get a DC postmark, even if they’re processed in Gaithersburg!

3 Comments so far

  1. DC Mail Vigilante (unregistered) on December 20th, 2007 @ 4:57 pm

    You know, I was initially supportive of this change. I like DC. I like the idea of statehood.

    Then I checked my mail today and discovered a letter sent from Oregon TO an address in Oregon, had been delivered to my house. I know that this is a Postal Service issue, but the Postal Service in DC was in large part responsible for not catching this egregious error, and it comes on top of the poor service I receive normally. Anyway, you can see what I’m talking about at

  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on December 20th, 2007 @ 5:20 pm

    Let me see if I’ve got this down.

    Letter is mailed in Oregon. To another destination in Oregon.

    But the primary fault is with DC? Huh?

    So it’s DC’s fault that the mail was put in the wrong cart in Oregon, sent by jet to DC, and then it ended up in the hands of a DC lettercarrier?


  3. DC Mail Vigilante (unregistered) on December 20th, 2007 @ 6:04 pm

    Yeah, as I mentioned on the page, the problem clearly started in Oregon. But how does this not get caught along the way? How does an address that only has one letter of a quadrant marking (in the wrong place); a street name that is not even close to the one it ended up at (I decided to obscure that to protect the addressee); and a city stating "Silverton, Oregon" even get delivered in the District of Columbia?

    In any case, it’s part of a pattern at this one address, and part of the admittedly anecdotal history of terrible DC delivery, some confirmation of which I linked to on that post. I’m not a DC hater–I like it here. But the mail service is pretty bad.

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