Post # 1
So I stopped at the post office yesterday to send out my invitations. I had them all neatly in piles. I waited my turn and about five minutes later I got to come to the counter and ask to have them hand cancelled. She told me they do not do it at the location so she had me put them in a USPS bin and they would have them done for me.
I thought this was a little strange to bring them to another location just to do this. I hope they don’t leave my bin somewhere!
Post # 3
I don’t think they hand cancel everywhere anymore due to the time and expense.
Post # 4
What is hand cancelled???
Post # 5
Hand cancel when they do not send the envelopes though the machines.
Update: they still sent them though the machine, some of the keys attached to the invites were broken when people received them.
Post # 6
My local post office still hand cancels (usually they do it, but once they let me do it). That being said, for my county, they still got run through the machine and got the black barcode/black smudge at the top despite the fact that my stamps were completely, correctly hand cancelled. I didn’t have any elaborate 3D elements to my invitation, so it wasn’t ruined but it definitely wasn’t as pretty/clean as I would have liked. For some areas though, the hand cancelled stamp was the only one on there.
Post # 7
My post office (in Philly) hand cancelled 50 for free, then it was 5 cents for each additional invite. They didn’t run them through the machine at all.
Here’s one after it got to its destination.