Looking to put an little extra love in that card? Consider sending your sweetheart a valentine postmarked and stamped from Valentine (Texas, that is). More than a dozen post offices across the United States - including Valentine, Texas - offer special postmarks for the lovely occasion, to help impress your loved ones. This special touch is easy as pie to achieve, and the effort could yield priceless benefits.
Every February, thousands of Valentine cards from more than 20 countries pour into the Chihuahuan Desert town of Valentine. Here, in a small adobe post office, postmaster Maria Carrasco and one helper hand-stamp each card with a special Valentine’s Day postmark. The cancellation features a new design every year. The quiet town of 185 residents appears untouched by this once-a-year buzz around the post office. Maria says that the first part of February is “the best time of the year, despite the stacks of mail.”