A special RAGBRAI pictorial cancellation is available at the post office and will continue to be available for six months.
Webster City postmaster Harley Tapper said the cancellation was revised several times before the dimensions of the stamp were deemed adequate for postcards the post office is selling.
The cancellation celebrates 40 years of RAGBRAI and will be placed in a philatelic catalog where it can be requested anywhere in the nation. Tapper said sent mail with the request for the stamp will be routed through Webster City.
-Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Jim Krajewski
Webster City Postmaster Harley Tapper and postal worker Beth Gordon practice hand canceling the special RAGBRAI cancellation.
"Bikers or people can just put an address [on a card], flip it over, write a note, drop it in the mail and it's done," Tapper said. "It's simple and easy."
The post office will be selling pre-stamped postcards with the RAGBRAI cancellation for a dollar apiece. The post office will hold its usual hours on July 24 when RAGBRAI riders come to Webster City. However, Tapper will be outside selling stamped postcards after hours.
Tapper said the pictorial cancellation is similar to the old practice of RAGBRAI passports. In past years, trailers would be set up in towns along the route where riders would get a passport stamped and signed by the local postmaster. These passports also contained a few paragraphs of information about the towns visited.
"It was kind of like a kid at 'Adventureland' where you go to do all this different stuff, but it was done away with because of the cost," Tapper said.
The town of Lakeview is also doing a special cancellation. Tapper said he is unaware of any other areas participating.