Postal antiques to find new home

Some postal memorabilia from the Goessel Post Office will receive new life, thanks to Postmaster Teresa Gates.

Post OfficeGates, who has been with the Goessel post office for eight years, discovered a Reming?ton Rand Model Seventeen typewriter, manufactured between 1939 and 1950, and other postal memorabilia, in a cabinet inside the post office.

With plans to retire in January, Gates said she decided it was time to see if the old office equipment might be of interest to museums.

Gates said she contacted Jenny Lynch, USPS historian and corporate information services manager in Washington, D.C., and sent her some photos of the typewriter.

Lynch responded that the typewriter would be a good fit in the USPS collection of historical artifacts.

Gates said she was ecstatic to hear the news and plans to carefully pack the typewriter and ship it to Lynch.

The rest of the memorabilia, including a postal scale, Victor calculator, lightning sealer, a 1945 cash book and a 1945 register of money order book, will be donated to the Mennonite Heri?tage and Agricultural Museum in Goessel, which already features a horse-drawn buggy that was used for rural delivery from 1904 to 1934.

Gates said the director of the museum is ?thrilled to add the items to their collection.?

The memorabilia will be on display at the Goessel Post Office until July 12.

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