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The most famous reindeer still a mailing staple in Rudolph

The Rudolph post office has been postmarking envelopes since the 1980s with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (WNWO).

Rudolph, Ohio: population 458.

When the holiday season comes around, its small post office sees lots of traffic for one popular item.

"Oh yes. We get a lot. We had people driving in from about an hour away in Michigan. A couple of people did that this year."

For the last 16-17 years, Postmaster Charlotte Lamb has continued a tradition started by a postmaster in the 1980s, Joanne Patton. The tradition of Rudolph postmarks.

"I don't get tired of it. No I do not."

This annual tradition sees people drop off or mail in their envelopes, just to have them postmarked by Lamb, or any of her dedicated volunteers.

This year, somebody came in and got around 1,000 postmarks, at once.

Lamb is keeping them alive, despite having a limited full-time staff.

"When I first started here, it was 150,000 letters come in every ear. It's dwindled off quite a bit. The Internet and Facebook and all this and that. It really cuts into the business, and that's the way it is."

Generations and generations of customers, or as Lamb calls them "repeat offenders," continue to come in every year, and the staff is sure to greet every customer with cookies and coffee.

With Christmas coming up on Monday, she assures everyone that the postmarks will be available after the fact.

"It's not too late to bring your letters down. I will cancel them, and they will go out."

If you're interested in getting your own Rudolph postmark the office on Mermill Road opens at 7 a.m. on Saturday and at 8:30 a.m. during the week.

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