C.B.N. post of­fices help the world get in lov­ing mood

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY ANDREW ROBIN­SON TC ME­DIA edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

There are dozens of in­trigu­ingly named com­mu­ni­ties in New­found­land and Labrador, with a cou­ple in the Con­cep­tion Bay North area draw­ing ex­tra at­ten­tion lead­ing up to Valen­tine’s Day.

For years, ro­man­ti­cally in­clined let­ter writ­ers have cov­eted postal mark­ings bear­ing the names Heart’s Con­tent and Cu­pids. Each post of­fice has a unique Valen­tine’s-themed can­cel­la­tion postal mark­ing to ap­ply to stamps to pre­vent their re-use. Those let­ters are then re­turned to the senders.

Donna Gib­son, a Canada Post em­ployee in Cu­pids for 24 years, has come across plenty of unique re­quests. She’s re­ceived mail this time of year from China, Hong Kong, Ja­pan, Ger­many, Spain, France, and plenty of Cana­dian prov­inces. They’re all look­ing for the spe­cial stamp with the Feb. 14th date.

“I’ve had peo­ple plan their trip to come here at this time of year to get the can­cel­la­tion in per­son,” Gib­son told The Com­pass last week. “I’ve had one cou­ple come here to have their wed­ding in­vi­ta­tions us­ing the date stamp with the Valen­tine hearts.”

The Cu­pids stamp used to be quite large and was re­designed a few years back at Gib­son’s sug­ges­tion.

Lisa Chislett has served as Heart’s Con­tent’s post­mas­ter since 2015. Born and raised in the com­mu­nity, she’s en­coun­tered plenty of sur­prised re­ac­tions when dis­cussing where she comes from.

“They al­ways say what a nice name,” said Chislett. “And when you tell them there’s Heart’s Con­tent, Heart’s De­sire and Heart’s De­light, they al­ways get a kick out of the fact there’s three of them right in a row.”

She still lives in a Trin­ity Bay com­mu­nity that con­jures ro­man­tic thoughts, now calling Heart’s De­light home.

As usual, Chislett has come across lots of spe­cial re­quests tied to Valen­tine’s Day. Last Thurs­day, mail ar­rived from France, On­tario and Que­bec. Re­quests from the lat­ter prov­ince are par­tic­u­larly fre­quent, she said.

Like Gib­son, Chislett has han­dled a re­quest to stamp wed­ding in­vi­ta­tions, and she meets plenty of tourists in the sum­mer seek­ing it as well.

Cu­pids has three unique can­cel­la­tion stamps. There’s the nor­mal one, the Valen- tine’s-themed stamp, plus an­other rec­og­niz­ing the Cu­pids 400 an­niver­sary.

“There’s times that I have peo­ple com­ing in look­ing for three can­cel­la­tions on one let­ter,” said Gib­son.

Both post of­fices cur­rently boast heart-shaped dec­o­ra­tions, and there’s also some spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties planned for 2017. On Valen­tine’s Day, cake will be shared with cus­tomers who care for some­thing sweet.


Lisa Chislett is the post­mas­ter in Heart’s Con­tent.

The much sought-af­ter can­cel stamp for Heart’s Con­tent, fea­tur­ing a de­sign that’s very much in keep­ing with the town’s lovey-dovey name.


The spe­cial can­cel stamp from Cu­pids.

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