Salem’s ‘Place in the Dark’ on Aug. 21 celebrated with USPS postmark

Special Salem Total Eclipse Postmark available at Aug. 21 Event at Capitol Galleria
Postmaster to make special presentation of Total Eclipse Stamps to Gov. Kate Brown

August 16, 2017 @USPS

Special Salem 'Total Eclipse' postmark

When it comes to the upcoming solar eclipse, Salem has already made its national mark via the U.S. Postal Service, displayed on the map printed on the back of the new Total Eclipse Forever Stamps sheet showing the coast-to-coast path of the Monday, Aug. 21, eclipse.

Those stamps, which were issued last month, feature a historic first for postage stamps – when the image of the eclipse is touched by a finger, the warmth reveals a photo of the moon.

On the date of the eclipse itself, the Salem Post Office will make another mark on history, offering a commemorative Aug. 21 postmark celebrating the capital city’s place in the path of totality.

As part of the Capitol’s celebration, this collectible postmark will be available in the Galleria of the Capitol building from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the 21st, and will be applied free to envelopes, cards or other paper items bearing Total Eclipse stamps or any other current U.S. First-Class postage stamps. At the Salem Post Office’s booth, eclipse and other postage stamps will be available for sale.

Also on Monday, acting Salem Postmaster Carter Clark will present a framed memento of the Postal Service’s commemoration of the celestial event to Gov. Kate Brown at the Capitol.

The Oregon Capitol Store is joining in the stamp collecting fun on Aug. 21 by offering limited-edition collectible envelopes with the Total Eclipse stamps and special Salem postmark already applied. The envelope celebrates Salem as the nation’s first state capital to be in the eclipse’s path. The envelopes are limited to 1,000 and will sell for $1.50 each at the gift shop. The store will open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 21. To contact the Oregon Capitol Store, call 503-986-1391.

The Salem postmark will also be available all day Aug. 21 at the Salem Main Post Office, 1050 25th St. Postal customers who want to obtain Salem’s special postmark may request it via mail by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope inside another, larger envelope, to the following address:

ECLIPSE POSTMARK                                  
PO BOX 9998                                                  
SALEM OR 97301-9998

Mailed self-addressed, stamped envelopes will be postmarked at the appropriate city and then returned via regular mail. Postmark requests must be mailed to each Post Office individually to obtain that city’s postmark. Mailed requests for postmarks must be sent no later than Sept. 21, 2017, in order to be fulfilled.

Salem is one of 30 Post Offices in Oregon and one in Southwest Washington joining with residents and visitors to celebrate the eclipse’s journey across the state. (A list of the locations is at the end of this news release.)

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.


Aurora Post Office
212 W. Main St.
Aurora OR  97002

Baker City Post Office
1550 Dewey Ave.
Baker City OR 97814

Dallas Post Office
768 SW Church St.
Dallas OR 97338

Dayville Post Office
145 E. Franklin Ave.
Dayville OR 97825

Depoe Bay Post Office
486 N. Hwy. 101
Depoe Bay OR 97341

Detroit Post Office
170 Detroit Ave.
Detroit OR 97342

Donald Post Office
10751 Main St. NE
Donald OR 97020

Gates Post Office
101 W. Central St.
Gates OR 97346

Gervais Post Office
380 Douglas Ave. NE
Gervais OR  97026

Hubbard Post Office
3016 G St.
Hubbard OR 97032

Huntington Post Office
10 E Washington St.
Huntington OR 97907

Idanha Post Office
103 Oregon Hwy. 22
Idanha OR 97350

John Day Post Office
151 N. Canyon Blvd.
John Day OR 97869

Lincoln City Post Office
1501 SE East Devils Lake Rd
Lincoln City OR 97367

Long Creek Post Office
610 Hwy. 395 N.
Long Creek OR  97856

Lyons Post Office
402 Ironwood St.
Lyons OR 97358

Madras Post Office
73 SE 6th St.
Madras OR 97741

Mill City Post Office
101 S# Kingwood Ave.
Mill City OR 97360

Mitchell Post Office
212 W. Main St.
Mitchell OR 97750

Monument Post Office
177 N St.
Monument OR 97864

Ocean Park Post Office
25502 Vernon Ave.
Ocean Park WA 98640

Ontario Post Office
88 SW 2nd Ave.
Ontario OR 97914

Prairie City Post Office
150 SW Main St.
Prairie City OR 97869

Prineville Post Office
155 NE Court St.
Prineville OR 97754

Redmond Post Office
618 NW Hemlock St.
Redmond OR 97756

Salem Main Post Office
1050 25th St. SE
Salem OR 97301

Spray Post Office
701 Willow St.
Spray OR 97874

Stayton Post Office
383 N. 2nd Ave.
Stayton OR 97383

Union Post Office
268 N Main St.
Union OR 97883

Unity Post Office
105 Main St.
Unity OR 97884

Warm Springs Post Office
2128 Warm Springs Rd.
Warm Springs OR 97761



Salem’s postmark will be available at the State Capitol on the morning of the eclipse at festivities being held there. Others will be available at the Post Office facilities listed.

Postal customers who want to obtain a postmark from any of the locations may request them via mail by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope inside another, larger envelope, to any of the Post Offices on the list above using the following address format:

PO BOX 9998
PO BOX 9998

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