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American Freedom Train Postal Cancels

The US Post Office had temporary post offices set up at nearly all of the AFT's stops (Jackson, MS being one of the few exceptions).

This cancel is from the ribbon cutting ceremony at Alexandria, VA March 28, 1975.

 
 

In each city a special cancel was produced that commonly read "Freedom Train Station", along with the city name and date.

This cancel is from opening day in Wilmington, DE April 1, 1975.

 
 

Envelopes were available that had the AFT logo on them - others even had a metallic image of the engine on them (with a second tender behind the engine and sporting one of the proposed-but-unused paint schemes for the train).

 
  Of course, you could also get your cancel on a plain white envelope.  
 

After the run of the AFT, the 4449 locomotive returned to Portland, OR pulling the Transcontinental Steam Excursion sponsored by Amtrak.

Image: John Lewis collection

 
 

The last image is a special cancel produced by AFT veteran (and later, Postmaster) Joan "Grape" Mitchell for the 25th anniversary reunion of the staff of the AFT. The reunion was hosted by the Lou Nelson family in Knoxville, TN over Labor Day weekend, 2000.

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