Philatelic clerk reassigned; window remains open

By Jay Bigalke

U.S. Postal Service philatelic clerk Marty Hatton working at the Stamp Shoppe in the Minneapolis main post office. His last day at the window is April 4, but the Stamp Shoppe will remain open. Linn’s Stamp News photo from 2011 by Jay Bigalke.

Philatelic clerk Marty Hatton, who has worked in the Minneapolis philatelic office called the Stamp Shoppe, is moving to a different department in the United States Postal Service.

USPS spokesman Peter Nowaki told Linn’s Stamp News that the Stamp Shoppe will continue to operate with a new clerk in charge.

The philatelic office is in a separate room adjoining the customer windows in the Minneapolis main post office at 100 S. First St.

The philatelic office, which also provides passport services, has been in operation for about 34 years.

Hatton told Linn’s he was making the internal move to another department because he wanted a change of pace, and because he’s been frustrated in his attempts to stock all the stamp varieties that collectors ask for. Hatton said the move was voluntary.

Accounting restrictions play a role in limiting the stock that clerks can maintain.

The Stamp Shoppe window hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The office sometimes closes for a few minutes during those hours for break or lunch.

Collectors who are unable to make it to Minneapolis can send in mail orders, but should call 612-349-4937 to check if the items sought are available. Payment can be made by check or money order. Credit card payments are only accepted in person.

The mailing address is Minnesota Stamp Shoppe, USPS Main Post Office, 100 S. First St., Minneapolis, MN 55401.

Published 3/28/2014 11:56 AM