• Short Summary

    THE RESIDENTS OF RATTLESNAKE ISLAND - A TINY PUNCTUATION MARK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LAKE ERIE ISLANDS - FEEL THEY HAVE WON A SORT OF RECOGNITION FROM THE AMERICAN POST OFFICE.

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    THE RESIDENTS OF RATTLESNAKE ISLAND - A TINY PUNCTUATION MARK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LAKE ERIE ISLANDS - FEEL THEY HAVE WON A SORT OF RECOGNITION FROM THE AMERICAN POST OFFICE.

    THE ISLAND HAS THREE YEAR-ROUND RESIDENTS WHO MAINTAIN TWO FISHING LODGES FOR VISITING BUSINESSMEN. SINCE LAKE ERIE FREEZES IN WINTER, ALL MAIL TO THE ISLANDS GOES BY AIR. THE POST OFFICE FELT RATTLESNAKE WAS TOO SMALL TO BE INCLUDED.

    BEFORE THIS WINTER (NORTHER) SET IN, THE ISLAND CONTRACTED FOR ITS OWN DELIVERY WITH AN ANCIENT FLEET OF FORD-TRIMOTOR AIRCRAFT. THE POST OFFICE REFUSED TO ASSIST THIS SERVICE SO RATTLESNAKE WENT TO THE MAIL BUSINESS IN EARNEST - IT PRODUCED ITS OWN STAMPS.

    THEY DESIGNED AND PRINTED THEM BUT THEN THE POST OFFICE SAID THEY WERE ILLEGAL AND COULD BE EASILY CONFUSED WITH RECTANGULAR U.S. POSTAGE STAMPS.

    THIS WEEK (TUESDAY) RATTLESNAKE ISLAND ISSUED ITS FIRST STAMPS - TRIANGULAR ONES - TO ABOUT 10,000 COLLECTORS.

    IN HONOUR OF THEIR "VICTORY" - AND IN A SPIRIT OF ONLY HALF-JESTING - ISLANDERS RAISED THEIR FIRST FLAG INSCRIBED "DON'T READ ON ME". SO FAR, NO ONE HAS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACJU6U7KBSK66PHM6KQLVK80IM
    Media URN:
    VLVACJU6U7KBSK66PHM6KQLVK80IM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/01/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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