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Airmail Service from Rattlesnake Island, Lake Erie to Port Clinton, Ohio




The improbably has been accomplished, we have normally perforated 2022 stamps.  

Portland Stamp Company used their Rosback In-line Perforator the apply 12-67

perforations to the 2022 RILP stamps.  May 10th, 2023 will be the official date for this "first day of issue of the perforated 12 stamps" the RILP hand cancel will be done in black ink. All covers franked with the new perf 12 or R-24 stamps after this date will most likely be cancelled with the original blue cancel. I will be setting up pre-orders shortly as well as start holding any covers mailed in for the “first day of perf 12 issue”. Once again, the official date will be May 10th, 2023.


The items we are planning on having available with the new perf 12 on the First

Day of Issue will be standard size FDC’s & Beth Gregerson’s Post Cards. Of course

we will apply any purchased new perf 12 RILP stamps on any covers sent to us.


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After a 12 year hiatus, RILP is coming back with a new set of 3 stamps for a

Nov. 10th, 2022 First Day of Issue.

As of 2022, the USPS still does not have mail service to Rattlesnake Island.

RILP last issued stamps in 2010,  and with Dr. Frackelton's passing Nov. 30th, 2012

it appeared the RILP too had passed.  Interest in the local post stamps and the need to help off-set the cost of mail service to the island has encouraged the restart of the RILP. Beth Lynne Gregerson, designer of the 2007-2010 issues, will be designing the new 2023 issue. And with the help of many people, it looks like the famous triangle stamps of the local post will once again have new yearly issues.

Custom Covers

Expected date to be ready to receive pre-orders for 2023 "Battle of Lake Erie" RILP stamps - Aug.10th, 2023.

For custom cachet covers, please specify which stamps you would like to be affixed and cancelled on the next first day of issue - tentatively Sept. 10th 2023 . Please include the face value of the .50 - .75 - 1.00 stamps in perf.12 or Imperforate types with your payment.


Also, include a SASE for mailing back, unless you would like them in the USPS mailed back. Also, be sure to leave enough room for the special first day rectangle box on the front as well as the stamps & cancel. If the hand stamps don't fit on the front, they may be stamped on the back of the cover.

Drop us a Line

Rattlesnake Island Local Post, LLC (or RILP)

Po Box 45

Gypsum, OH 43433

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