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The Rattlesnake Island Mailbox is now Fresh and New!

July 10th was yet another beautiful day on Rattlesnake Island. Above is a photo of the one and only mailbox on the island. The view is looking east towards South Bass Island.

Here is Thomas Griffing III puling mail out of the brand new custom mail box for the first time. As you will notice the custom flag will be quite noticeable for the pilot to see from the grass airstrip.

Dave Gill - PMG

Still working on new (6 triangle shaped stamps make a hexagons) stamps for the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial plus a decade. Will be unveiling the new issue at the APS/GASS in August with stamp designer/artist Beth Lynne Gregerson on Friday Aug. 11th at 3:00.

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Curious about the mailbox. Is it Postmaster General approved? Does outgoing mail get placed in it? Does the pilot deliver incoming mail via the box?

Jul 15, 2023
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Thank you for your interest and questions.

Since the UPSP refuses to deliver or pick up mail on Rattlesnake Island, the mailbox would not need to be "approved".

However, it started as a standard regulation mailbox with a custom paint job, modified flag for better pilot view from the runway,

and I reused the post that has been there since the 80's. (just painted it)

Any outgoing mail bearing the proper Rattlesnake Island Local Post stamp and cancellation will be collected from the mailbox.

However, all incoming mail (which will not have RILP postage) to the island, the pilot will place in the mailbox.

The gift shop attached to the pool and clubhouse is where the "post…

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