Hunter Joel Chandler, a 14-year-old Summerville artist, was one of four students selected by the Greater South Carolina Postal District, for his design of a special pictorial postmark that celebrates the Postal Service’s new T. rex Forever stamps that went on sale nationwide Aug. 29.

When he learned about the art contest, Hunter said he didn’t expect to win but he decided to draw two renditions of a T-Rex “just for the fun of it.”

“I thought it would be an honor to show that I had participated in the contest,” Hunter said.

One of his drawings featured the carnivorous dinosaur wearing an Uncle Sam hat and standing near an American Flag with fireworks in the background- those were details that impressed the judges, according to Greater South Carolina Postal District Manager Jodi Nascimento.

“We’ll save this (pictorial postmark) and one day when he becomes a professional artist, we’ll have his first cancellation,” Nascimento said. “There are some very good artists across the country that have cancellations- it’s a big deal.”

On Saturday the Summerville Post Office held a Customer Appreciation Day, hosted at the Oakbrook Station. During the event, Hunter used a customized stamp to personally cancel stamps on mail being processed. As a community service, the Postal Service offers pictorial postmarks to commemorate local events celebrated in communities throughout the nation.

The postmark, available at no cost, can be obtained by mail order by:

  • Affixing postage to an envelope or postcard, addressing the envelope or postcard for mailing, and placing the envelope or postcard in a larger cover envelope.
  • Sending stamped envelopes and postcards without addresses for cancellation, as long as a larger envelope with adequate postage and a return address are provided for the item to be returned to the requestor.

Address mail order cancellation requests to Summerville Post Office, T-Rex Cancellation, and 10070 Dorchester Rd. Summerville, SC 29485. After applying the pictorial cancellation, the Summerville Postmaster will return the item(s) to the requestor or addressee.