Former postmaster donates collection to Helper Railroad and Mining Museum
Former Helper City Postmaster Walt Borla stands in front of a unique display of envelopes collected from every state in the union as well as United States territories. The project was brought together by the National Association of Postmasters President James Syers, who brought the program together in 1980 from his headquarters in Kentucky.
With the cooperation of the postmasters across the United States, an envelope from each states their state symbol was canceled on the 1980 anniversary date of the state's admittance into the Union.
The envelopes are listed in the order of their admittance into the union, beginning with Delaware and ending with Hawaii.
Also included in the set are envelopes canceled from the U.S. Territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The nation's capital, Washington D.C. also contributed an envelope canceled on July 4, 1980.
Borla, who worked as a postmaster in both Washington DC and in Helper, donated all of the material that is now placed in the Helper Mining and Railroad Museum's third floor post office room. The collection demonstrates the major changes that have taken place concerning conventional mail delivery over the past century.