Postmark honors LIRR anniversary

April 24, 2009 9:27:23 AM PDT
Postal workers are offering to hand-cancel letters at Penn Station with a custom, pictorial postmark created to honor the Long Island Rail Road's 175th anniversary. The LIRR serves New York's suburban communities in Nassau and Suffolk counties. The railroad was chartered on April 24, 1834, making it among the oldest still operating under its original name.

Last year, 87.4 million riders took the commuter railroad - the highest since 1949.

The hand-cancelling is scheduled from 8 a.m to 1 p.m. on Friday at the 34th Street entrance. There's no charge for the service.

Pre-stamped vintage envelopes will be available at $2 each, with the funds going to three transit museums in New York.


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