Town of Bethlehem Connecticut

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BETHLEHEM POST OFFICE 
34 East Street
Bethlehem, CT   06751

Hours:  Lobby
M-F   6:30am - 5:30 pm
(Closed for Lunch 1-2 p.m.)
Sat 6:30 am - 12:00 noon
Sat - Window  8:30am - 12:00 noon

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Holiday Hours - 2014

DIRECTIONS FROM WATERBURY

Map

Take Rt. 8 North to Exit 37.  Take left at end of ramp.  Go through 3 lights.  Take right (Route 63).  Go 4 miles, take left onto Rt. 132.  Post Office is 4 miles on left.

    

     The United States Postal Service appointed Joseph Brooks as Bethlehem's first postmaster on July 29, 1811. Since this historical date, 21 postmasters have succeeded Joseph Brooks. The list included Earl S. Johnson, who in 1938 designed the first Christmas cachet at the Bethlehem Post Office and began the 76 year tradition of
applying decorative rubber stamps to Christmas cards and letters at this postal facility.

     The popularity of this unique Christmas endorsement had been faithfully continued by both the residents and visitors of this community. Today, there are a total of 78 different Christmas Cachet designs available to the general public for use at the Bethlehem Post Office. The cachet designers have been comprised of area artists, local
residents, elementary school children and employees of the US Postal Service. A complete set of the then 64 Christmas cachets were donated in 2002 to the Bethlehem Historical Society's local museum located at the corner of Main St North and East St. in Bethlehem and is updated ",1.th the new Christmas cachet each year.
Deloris Lyttle is the current Postmaster of Bethlehem, CT. She was appointed in July of this year and is assisted by 6 postal employees who consist of 3 postal clerks and 3 rural delivery carriers.

     The Bethlehem Post Office services approximately 1628 households through rural delivery and post office box service. The town of Bethlehem has a population of nearly 3,500 residents. The Bethlehem Post Office, located at 34 East Street was built and dedicated to public service in 1975.

     During the month of December, this same post office becomes one of the busiest and most popular postal facilities in Connecticut. Extended customer service hours during the month of Decem bel' are needed to accommodate the influx of visitors from area towns and surrounding states. In 2013: 169,985 postmarks and cancellations were applied to Christmas cards and letters mailed at this facility from November 25th to
December 24th. The desire to have Christmas cards cacheted and cancelled with a Bethlehem, CT. postmark has reached out to 50 states and as many as 11 countries during a typical Christmas Season.

     Small parcels containing Christmas cards are received daily by the Bethlehem postmasters during the Christmas holiday season. In addition to the Christmas cards, there is usually a note or letter requesting the postmaster to decorate the cards with a cachet design and provide a Bethlehem postmark. These self-addressed stamped
envelopes are then processed through the Postal Service for delivery to friends and relatives throughout the world. This service is provided by the US postal service at no additional cost to the customer. Additionally, tables with Christmas cachets are annually set up in the Bethlehem Post Office lobby for use by the general public to use at
their convenience-free of charge.

     A statistical comparison of the volume of Christmas mail processed at the Bethlehem Post Office over the last 5 years is as follows:

Year Postmarks/Cancellations
2013: 169,985
2012: 188,241
2011: 193,161
2010: 174,094
2009: 189,100

 

 

SEE CHRISTMAS CACHETS

 

Passport Information 

All required forms available; Photo on Site

Hours of Passport Acceptance

Application Instructions and Form Download

FEES: Adults $67  -  U. S. State Department

                        $30  -  USPS Processing

                        $15  -  Pictures

Please bring certified birth certificate and driver's license.

Further information: 203-266-7910

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