Camp Upton gets own postmark

Middle Island Mail

February 5, 1941

Camp Upton Gets Its Own Postmark


   For the first time since World war days, a Camp Upton postmark appears on United States mail with the opening on Saturday of the Camp Upton post office. The post office situated in the new reception center nearing completion, will be an independent branch of the Riverhead office.

   Lieut. Colonel Robert T. Snow, post executive officer, represented the commanding officer at a brief dedication ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Present at the opening were Harold T. Hubbard, postmaster at Riverhead; A.G. Lagace, postal inspector from New York, and Harry E. Jeffries, who is superintendent of the camp post office.

   Opening of the post office at this defense training center attracted the attention of philatelists of first-day covers. Capt. Clarence A. Rycraft, who organized the first post office and trained the enlisted men in their duties of postal clerks, was given the first-day cover.

   Superintendent Jeffries will have two civilian postal clerks as his assistants; Maitland Cooke and Charles Koleski.

 Inauguration of the camp post office provides five incoming mail deliveries and three outgoing as compared to the two incoming and two outgoing now in effect at the camp. Incoming mail arrives at Camp Upton at 7:45 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.; 11:15 a.m.; 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Outgoing mail leaves at 8:30 a.m.; 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Present plans call for a change in the 3:30 p.m. mail until 5:30 p.m.

 The post office is open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily including Saturdays.

  The post office department has approved the sale of Untied States Savings bonds; money orders and Postal Savings certificates. Registered mail and parcel post will be handled by the new office.

   Professional stamp collectors were conspicuous by their absence among the small group present at the brief dedication ceremony. After Colonel Snow had purchased the first stamp, Captain Rycraft purchased the first money order and Capt. Rankin, camp morale officer, filed the first registered letter.  

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