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  • Information Needed: Any available information on an unrecorded crash cover (not listed in the AAMS Vol. I Catalog) cancelled in Philadelphia, Pa on April 19, 1944, addressed to an APO c/o Postmaster, San Francisco, Cal. Air mail postage was paid, though washed off the cover, which is water-damaged and singed on the left side. It was originally addressed to APO 928 (then in New Guinea) and readdressed to APO 713-1, also in New Guinea. Where and when the crash took place can not be determined, but there is a boxed purple hand-stamp saying "Unavoidably Damaged in Transit". Since the war as in progress, I would not expect a detailed and really informative hand stamp. Any assistance appreciated......John Hotchner, jmhstamp (at) verizon.net, PO Box 1125, Falls Church, VA 22041. - [Feb. 14, 2013]

  • WANTED: Copies of USPO postal supply catalogs from any year. Beginning in 1902, or earlier?, the USPO dictated that only USPO issued devices could be used on mail by postal clerks. These documents come in at least two versions; one for 1sr and 2nd class post offices; and, one for 3rd and 4th class post offices. Available devices were listed in a supplemental pamphlet sent out to postmasters listing all available postal supplies. Xerox or digital copies work just as well as original documents. Some are rather large. I am looking for copies of the pages listing postmark, auxiliary devices, and inks. If you have any to share, please contact: Russ Ryle at theryles (at) bluemarble.net or POB 2466, Bloomington, IN 47402 with the year(s) and title of your document. Also, mention the format you prefer to use sharing copies of the needed pages. Thanks in advance for helping. Look forward to seeing you in St. Louis in March. - [Feb. 12, 2013]


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Featured Member Covers

Covers from Ginny Nightingale

image - MissenT cover
A remarkable MissenT marking. (posted online - October 6, 2011).
image - MissenT detail
(courtesy of Ginny Nightingale)


image - Returned To Writer - NYPO Registry Division
I'm into NY examiner's marks (& mourning covers) and was surprised to see this is a pointing hand
from the NY Registry Division. (posted online - September 13, 2011).
image - Returned To Writer - NYPO Registry Division detail
(courtesy of Ginny Nightingale)


Cover from Zeb Vance

image - Spanish language auxiliary marking
(courtesy of Zeb Vance)

This censored letter was mailed from New York on March 3, 1943 to Argentina. I looked at the Auxiliary Markings Record and didn't see the "SPANISH LANGUAGE" handstamp listed. I believe it's obvious that the mark indicates that the letter is in Spanish and was applied to facilitate censoring. However was the mark applied by the sender or was it applied when opened by a non-Spanish speaking censor?.John Hotchner writes "Believe this would have been placed by the company sending the letter - a business letter more than likely, and would be to facilitate censoring." (July 31, 2007).


Covers from Chris Masters

image - This is the mail for which you sent postage auxiliary marking
(courtesy of Chris Masters)

"This is the mail / letter / package for which you sent postage" with 1905 Los Angeles duplex unusual Barry Station C.


This is the mail for which you sent postage auxiliary marking
(courtesy of Chris Masters)

"This is the mail for which you sent postage" auxiliary marking 1907 with Oakland duplex and pink (postage) due. Five markings just to collect postage - no wonder the postal workers are busy.


half cent postage due auxiliary marking
(courtesy of Chris Masters)

"Returned for postage. Postage due 1/2 cent" appears to be 1923-1924 from the franking. Looks like the mailer gave up and never remailed the card. A rare Due marking because of the improper 1.5 cent franking?


Huge finger auxiliary marking
(courtesy of Chris Masters)

A huge pink finger auxiliary marking with "OUT" August 13, 1920 for unclaimed general delivery. Can see Return to...Unclaimed...From...------Don't see any OUT on fingers on the website? Mailed San Francisco July 28, 1920 arrived new Orleans August 12, 1920 and OUT (that was fast) the 13th. Large pink "A" and something else I can't read on printed side. Finger is over 3" long and 1 1/4" tall. The printed side scan (below) is also an appropriate subject matter.

Finding missing people postcard back of huge finger auxiliary marking


Cover from Ginny Nightingale

Byrd Antarctic Expedition stamp with delayed auxiliary marking
(cover courtesy of Ginny Nightingale)

Linns Stamp News explains Byrd Antarctic Expedition stamp with delayed auxiliary marking "The Byrd Antarctic Issue (Scott 733) was issued in connection with the Byrd Antarctic Expedition of 1933 and for use on letters mailed through the Little America Post Office established at the base camp in the territory of the South Pole. In addition to the postage charge of 3 cents, letters sent by the ships of the expedition to be cancelled in Little America were subject to a service charge of 50 cents each" (Scott Specialized Catalogue of U.S. Stamps). There is a limited season for incoming and outgoing mail at the South Pole. Letters were sent down to Antarctica for cancellation; if they missed the return trip they had to be held until the following year. Linn's Stamp News (April 15, 2002, page 28), however, indicates that there was a little more to the story (click on article for full size version) ...



Auxiliary Markings Club Awards Presented

AmeriStampExpo / Southeastern Stamp Exposition, Atlanta, GA (January 2016) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Sammy Chiu Hong Kong Wartime Airmail September 1939-December 1941

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Richard Graham Award
  • vermeil medal

Mike Ley Exclusive Uses of the 50 Cent Prexie

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - President’s Award
  • gold medal

SEAPEX 2015, Seattle, WA (September 2015) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Roger Heath Refused Mail of Switzerland

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Award of Merit
  • gold medal

APS StampShow, Grand Rapids, MI (August 2015) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Roger Heath Refused Mail of Switzerland

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Award of Merit
  • gold medal

NAPEX 2015, McLean VA (June 2015) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Alexander Kolchinsky Prisoners of the Great War Send Home Picture Postcards.

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Award of Merit
  • gold medal

Westpex 2015, San Francisco, CA (April 2015) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

David Fine Guatemalan Auxiliary Markings, 1898-1967.

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Award of Merit
  • gold medal

St. Louis Stamp Expo 2015, St. Louis, MO (March 2015) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Mike Peter Censor Marks of World War I Submarine Mail.

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Award of Merit
  • vermeil medal

ARIPEX, Mesa, AZ (February 2015) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Ronald Strawser Postal History of the United States Famous Americans Issues.

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Award of Merit
  • gold medal

APS Stampshow 2014, Hartford, CT (August 2014) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Omar J. Rodriguez Registered Mail of Mexico: Colonial to Early UPU.

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Award of Merit
  • gold medal
  • APS pre-1900 medal of excellence

NOJEX 2014, Secaucus, NJ (May 2014) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Jaroslav J. Verner Czechoslovak Legions in France, Italy, and Slovakia.

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Award of Merit
  • vermeil medal

WESTPEX 2014, San Francisco, CA (April 2014) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Dale Forster Western Express Label Covers

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Award of Merit
  • gold medal

Garfield-Perry March Party 2014 Annual Stamp Exhibition and Bourse, Cleveland, OH (April 2014 - sic) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Ralph H. Nafziger Auxiliary Markings on U.S. First Day Covers

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Richard Graham Award
  • Gold Medal

Gary Hendren Twisted Caps – Twisted Mail

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - President's Award
  • Vermeil Medal

Philadelphia National Stamp Exhibition 2014 (PNSE), Philadelphia, PA (April 2014) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Robert Pildes Palestine Emergency Deliveries Inc.

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Award of Merit

WESTPEX 2013, San Francisco, CA (April 2013) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Louis Fiset Censored, Rerouted, Suspended, Resumed: U.S. International Mail in World War II

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Award of Merit

Philadelphia National Stamp Exhibition 2013, Philadelphia, PA (April 2013) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Tony Wawrukiewicz The Return to Writer/Sender Process in the U.S. Domestic Mails 1860-2010

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Award of Merit

St. Louis Stamp Expo 2013, St. Louis, MO (March 2013) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Ralph H. Nafziger Auxiliary Markings on U.S. First Day Covers

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Richard Graham Award

Matthew Liebson Buy A Liberty Bond! - World War I Savings Stamp and Liberty Bond Auxiliary Markings

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Presidents Award

Texpex 2013, Grapevine, TX (March 2013) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Roger Heath Swiss Markings on Refused Mail

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Award of Merit

APS Stampshow 2012, Sacramento CA (August 2012) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Harlan F. Stone Switzerland’s Domestic Postage Due Charges 1862-1960s

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Award of Merit
  • Gold Medal

Philatelic Show 2012 (Northeastern Federation of Stamp Clubs), Boxborough MA (May 2012) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Tony Wawrukiewicz U.S. International Mail Franked with the Non-Official Definitive Non-Denominated Letter Stamps 1978-1995

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - President's Award

Nancy and Doug Clark Got Postage?

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Graham Award

WESTPEX 2012, San Francisco CA (April 2012) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Louis Fiset 1871 Commune of Paris Prisoners’ Mail

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Certificate of Merit

Ameristamp Expo, Atlanta GA (January 2012) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Kathryn Johnson Ceylon Too Late Markings

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Certificate of Merit
  • Single frame gold medal
  • Single frame reserve grand medal

MILCOPEX, Milwaukee, WI (September 2011) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Edward Fitch U.S. Rural Free Delivery Auxiliary Handstamp Markings

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Certificate of Merit
  • Silver medal

APS StampShow, Columbus, OH (August 2011) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Ralph Nafziger Auxiliary Markings on U.S. First Day Covers

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Certificate of Merit
  • Gold medal

Minnesota Stamp Expo (2011) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Earl H. Galitz Bulgaria in the First World War

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Certificate of Merit
  • Vermeil medal
  • Military Postal History Society Award

TEXPEX Stamp Show (2011) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

John H. Barwis The Path to a Philadelphia Exchange Office for United States-British Mails"

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Certificate of Merit
  • Gold medal
  • Grand Award winner for multiframe exhibits (top show honor)

ROMPEX Stamp Show (2011), Denver, CO - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Ralph Nafziger U.S. First Day Covers in the Mailstream

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Richard B. Graham award
  • Gold medal

Tim Bartshe Reposted, Advertised and Unclaimed: How the South African Republic Dealt With Undeliverable Mail from the 1890s to 1900

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - President's Best One Frame Exhibit Award

John Hotchner 20th Century US Auxiliary Markings Documenting Delay or Inability to Deliver the Mails

  • Court of Honor

WESTPEX Stamp Show (2011) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Roy C. Teixeira German and Austrian Internees in the Acores (May 1916 - October 1919)

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Certificate of Merit

APS AmeriStamp Expo (2011) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Steve Volis Odessa: Clandestine Mail Surveillance, 1920-1940

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Certificate of Merit

TEXPEX Stamp Show (2010) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Ralph Nafziger U.S. First Day Covers in the Mailstream

  • Auxiliary Marking Club Richard B. Graham award

Anthony Wawrukiewicz The Return to Writer/ Sender Process, the Beginnings, 1859-1975

  • Auxiliary Marking Club President's Award

Tim Bartshe Reposted, Advertised and Unclaimed: How the South African Republic Dealt With Undeliverable Mail from the 1890s to 1900

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Certificate of Merit

NAPEX Stamp Show (2010) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

K. David Steidley An American in Paris: Mail Handling by the American Express Co. in Paris, 1895-1939

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Certificate of Merit

PIPEX Stamp Show (2009) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Jerry Johnson Delays in Delivery of the Mail

  • Auxiliary Marking Club Richard B. Graham award

WESTPEX Stamp Show (2009) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Paul Phillips A Matter of Language

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Certificate of Merit

ROPEX Stamp Show (2009) - Auxiliary Markings Club AwardsROPEX Stamp Show

Jeffrey Shapiro The Prexies at Work

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Certificate of Merit

NAPEX Stamp Show (2009) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

David M. Skipton The Blue Pencil: Imperial Russian Censorship of Prison, Exile and Internee Mail

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Certificate of Merit

CHICAGOPEX (2008) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Ralph Nafziger First Day Covers in the Mailstream

  • Auxiliary Marking Club Richard B. Graham award

Gary Hendren Twisted Caps – Twisted Mail

  • Auxiliary Marking Club President's award

ROPEX Stamp Show (2008) - Auxiliary Markings Club AwardsROPEX Stamp Show

Stephen Suffet Woody Guthrie, His Life and His Songs

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Certificate of Merit

PNSE (2008) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Bill Drummond FAM 18: Transatlantic Ocean Ops of Pan American

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Certificate of Merit

Southeastern Stamp Show (September, 2008) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Nancy and Douglas Clark Got Postage?

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Certificate of Merit
  • Silver medal

Philadelphia National Stamp Expo - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

John Warren Civil Censorship in India 1939-1945

  • Auxiliary Marking Club Richard B. Graham award

Tim Bartshe Rate Regulations of Transvaal UPU-Union 1893-1910 as Interpreted through Postage Due Markings

  • Auxiliary Marking Club President's award

ROPEX Stamp Show (2007) - Auxiliary Markings Club AwardsROPEX Stamp Show

Regis Hoffman Letters to the Stars

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Certificate of Merit

WESTPEX Stamp Show, San Francisco, CA (April, 2007) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Dale Forster Loose Ship Letters of Australia

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Certificate of Merit

ROPEX Stamp Show (2006) - Auxiliary Markings Club AwardsROPEX Stamp Show

Alfred Kugel The Allied Intervention in Russia 1918 - 1925

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Certificate of Merit

Southeastern Stamp Show (September, 2005) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Regis Hoffman Letter to the Stars

  • Auxiliary Marking Club Richard B. Graham award
  • Vermeil medal

ROPEX Stamp Show (June, 2005) - Auxiliary Markings Club AwardsROPEX Stamp Show

Alfred Kugel The Allied Intervention in Russia 1918 - 1925

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Certificate of Merit

PIPEX Stamp Show (May, 2005) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Ralph Nafziger First Day Covers in the Mailstream

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Certificate of Merit

Westex Stamp ShowWESTPEX Stamp Show (April, 2005) - Auxiliary Markings Club Awards

Peter Baker Censor Marks, Cachets and Postal Marking of the Free French 1940 - 1945

  • Auxiliary Marking Club - Certificate of Merit (first time awarded)

ROPEX Stamp Show (June, 2004) - Auxiliary Markings Club AwardsROPEX Stamp Show

(click on award to see enlarged image)


Hotchner ROPEX awardJohn M. Hotchner 20th Century United States Auxiliary Markings Documenting Delay of, or Inability to Deliver, the Mail: The First Fifty Years

  • First winner of the Auxiliary Marking Club's Richard B. Graham Award
  • ROPEX Gold
  • APS Medal of Excellence 1900-1940
  • Dusty Millar Award

Prill ROPEX awardAda M. Prill Uh-Oh - Mistakes in U. S. Auxiliary Markings

  • First winner of the Auxiliary Marking Club's President's Award
  • ROPEX Silver

Nancy and Douglas Clark

Clark ROPEX award Clark ROPEX award Clark ROPEX award
  • Free Markings Used in Maine - vermeil
  • Maine Stampless Period Forwarded Mail - vermeil
  • P. H. Brennan Hand Delivery Service - silver

Cooper ROPEX awardDave Allan Cooper, Sr. Canadian Pacific Express Uncalled For and Undeliverable Notices

  • ROPEX Silver

Fortunato ROPEX awardThomas M. Fortunato The Diversity of Ceramics and Ceramic Materials

  • ROPEX Gold
  • ATA 1st
  • Hale Award

Hendren ROPEX awardGary Hendren Twisted Caps - Twisted Mails

  • ROPEX Silver Bronze

Jeffrey Shapiro ConPHessions of a PHat PHilatelist

  • ROPEX "Most Popular"
  • ROPEX Silver Bronze

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