KEITH WHITCOMB JR.
ARLINGTON -- A bridge by any other name would still span a body of water, and in the case of the "Arlington Green Bridge" or the "West Arlington Bridge," as it's called depending on who you ask, there is also a commemorative stamp being sold by the U.S. Postal Service showing the bridge in autumn.
According to the postal service, the $5.60 priority mail stamp can be bought though www.usps.com/stamps, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), or at their local post offices.
The Banner intended to write a short article on the stamp being sold, and on Tuesday posted a photo of the bridge in question to its Facebook page in advance of the story, along with some basic cutline information which contained the name "Arlington Green Bridge" after the stamp created by the U.S. Postal Service. Almost right away folks wondered about the name.
"Green Bridge???? I grew up just up the road and I never heard it called that!" wrote Facebook user Melissa Paustian Squires, of Arlington.
"The green one is called Pickerings bridge," wrote Angie Crandall, of Bennington, whose Facebook profile said she is from Arlington.
"The green one is not called Pickerings bridge ...
Tyler Resch, librarian at the Bennington Museum and noted local historian, said the bridge commonly called the West Arlington Bridge has been called some variation of "Arlington Green Bridge" in print at least three times. Resch, former editor of the Banner, said author Richard Saunders Allen referred to it as "The Green Bridge at West Arlington." Herbert Wheaton Congdon, a church architect and Arlington resident, author of "The Covered Bridge and Other American Landmarks" called it "The Bridge at the Green," and John Spargo, founder of the Bennington Museum and author of "Covered Wooden Bridges of Bennington and Vicinity" called it "The Arlington Green Bridge."
Susan Strano, marketing coordinator for the Bennington Museum, said it's common for bridges to acquire multiple names.
According to a release from the U.S. Postal Service, the commemorated bridge was built in 1852 and took the green name from the village green which it overlooks. It's also near the Green United Methodist Church, which was built in 1804.
The bridge was moved three inches during Tropical Storm Irene when it was struck in the center by debris being moved down river by powerful flood waters. According to the Postal Service, not long after the bridge was built, flooding knocked it off its abutments and turned it over onto its side. This did not stop people from walking across it, however, and it was later taken apart and rebuilt. The bridge has been photographed many times over the years and is not far from the farmhouse where famous painter Normal Rockwell did some of his work from 1943 to 1953.
The stamp shows the bridge in autumn with colorful trees around it. In the background once can see the church. According to the Postal Service, artist Dan Cosgrove of Chicago, Ill., created the image under the direction of Derry Noyes of Washington, DC.
Customers who buy a stamp can put it on whatever envelope they like, address it to themselves or someone else, then put that envelope in a larger one and send the large one to:
Arlington Green Bridge (Priority Mail) Stamp
265 Mitchell St.
Norcross, GA 30071-9998
The envelope with a "first-day-of-issue postmark" will be sent back to the customer. All orders must be post marked by March 25. For more information on what else can be purchased involving the stamp, visit the Postal Service's website.
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