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The Auxiliary Markings Club, postal-markings.org, seeks to provide a forum for collectors of these fascinating and ubiquitous bits of postal history - either as a primary interest (e.g. pointing fingers) or as adjunct (e.g. part of Prexie Postal History).

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Auxiliary Markings Club in US Stamp NewsFebruary 2013 article reference

John M. Hotchner. "Maintaining a Cover Collection: Organization is Everything" (including founding of Auxiliary Markings Club), U. S. Stamp News, p. 6-7

January 29, 2013 American Philatelic Society: Society Exhibit Award list

Auxiliary Markings Club
Award of Merit - exhibit must have won a national Silver Award or better and include a treatment of auxiliary markings. It is open to any exhibit in a National (WSC) stamp exhibition.
Contact: Matthew Liebson


January 7, 2013 show reference

"AmeriStampExpo participation", Linn's Stamp News


April 27, 2012 show reference

Everett L. Parker. "This Week in Literature" (Auxiliary Markings Club: Auxiliary Markings newsletter) Mekeels & Stamps Magazine, p. 26


January 23, 2012 article reference

Janet Klug. "Refresher Course: The Many Different Ways of Collecting and Saving Postmarks", Linn's Stamp News, p. 32-33


January 16, 2012 show reference

"Show News: Exhibit Championship at Ameristamp Expo in Atlanta, Jan. 27-29", Linn's Stamp News, p. 22


February 7, 2011 show reference

"AmeriStampExpo participation", Linn's Stamp News


December 13, 2010 show reference

"Rompex Exhibitor's Prospectus Available", Linn's Stamp News, p. 19


Auxiliary Markings Club in American PhilatelistSeptember 6, 2010 article reference

John M. Hotchner. "US Notes: More Booklets Known with Quality Control Handstamps" (and pointing finger auxiliary markings), Linn's Stamp News, p. 6


February 2009 Auxiliary Markings Club is a featured affiliate in American Philatelist (see image on right)


November 14, 2008 article reference

Everett L. Parker. "This Week in Literature" (Auxiliary Markings Club: Auxiliary Markings newsletter) Mekeels & Stamps Magazine, p. 26


October 2008: Auxiliary Markings Club Celebrates Five Year Anniversary

As of this year the Auxiliary Markings Club has been in existence for five years. From a small band of collectors interested in things like “pointing hand” markings on covers, the club has now reached the level of 250 members having a wide variety of interests related to auxiliary markings on mail.

Further evidence of the growth and vitality of the A.M.C. is the successful transition to a new group of officers and board members, which is a sign of a healthy organization. The founding President, Nancy B. Clark, has moved to Past President status and Director Ralph Nafziger moves up to the President’s chair. Ada Prill, Mathew Liebson and Ed. Fisher were elected to the board. Founding Directors John Hotchner and Doug Merenda leave the board with the thanks of the membership for their contribution to the progress of the club.

Members receive a high quality, quarterly journal, Auxiliary Markings, edited by the distinguished postal historian, Tony Wawrukiewicz. The journal is published in four color and contains a wealth of information for those interested in auxiliary markings.

The Annual Meeting of the Auxiliary Markings Club will be held at Chicagopex on November 22. All interested collectors are invited to attend.

Membership in the Auxiliary Markings Club is open to all collectors. Dues are $15.00 per year. Information is available online at www.postal-markings.org


January 7, 2008 show reference

"Ameripex Show Schedule", Linn's Stamp News, p. 32


July, 2007: Auxiliary Markings Club is a featured affiliate in American Philatelist

Auxiliary Markings Club in American Philatelist click for PDF version


March 31, 2007: AMC Officers Featured in APS 2007 Summer Seminar Electives

Three officers of the Auxiliary Markings Club will showcase their collecting expertise during the American Philatelic Society’s 2007 Summer Seminar, which will take place June 17-22 at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

Philately makes room for all types of collectors, including those who concentrate on metered mail and, in more recent times, personalized postage. AMC Webmaster Douglas B. Quine will cover these topics and more at Wednesday morning’s General Session. This is your opportunity to learn of Pitney Bowes’ historical role in postal automation and ongoing role in the changing environment of moving the mail.

AMC Treasurer Gary G. Hendren will conduct an elective on silent precancels — precancels that do not contain the town and state name in the imprint on the stamp. Through many examples, Gary will show participants how to identify silent precancels and give an awareness of what to look for on covers and in collections and stockbooks.

United States FDCs, with stamps that went through the mail, sometimes have a wide variety of auxiliary markings, receiving cancels, and more. AMC Director Ralph Nafziger’s elective examines these markings, ranging from those applied at the sending post office, to those applied after the FDC was received. Routes, rates and the time spent in transit by these elusive auxiliary-marked FDCs will also be discussed.

Many other one-hour sessions will be held including: “CSI Bellefonte” with American Philatelic Society Director of Expertizing Mercer Bristow; “Writing for a Philatelic Magazine” with APS President Janet Klug; “Strike Gold on eBay” by APS eBay Review Coordinator Frank Sente; “The Seebeck Story” presented by former American Philatelist editor Bill Welch; “EFOs and How They Are Created” with stamp printing technology expert Wayne Youngblood; “How To Make a Scan Look Good” with “Philatelic Marketplace” co-instructor Clark Frazier; “Mail Handling During the Liberty Period” by author and award-winning exhibitor C. David Eeles; as well as additional offerings by such philatelic luminaries as Barb Boal, Renee Gardner, Larry Hunt, Ian Kimmerly, Ken Lawrence, and Ken Martin.

These electives supplement the main courses being offered — Detecting Fakes (Bill Dixon); An Introduction to Exhibiting (Peter Butler); Philatelic Literature and History (Herb Trenchard and Gini Horn); The Philatelic Marketplace (Irv Miller and Clark Frazier); Stamp Technology (Wayne Youngblood); and The Washington-Franklin Issues (Dennis Gilson.

In addition to major courses and electives during the day, General Sessions are held first thing each morning. Along with Doug Quine’s General Session on metered mail, there will be a special presentation from the National Postal Museum pertaining to Arago™ — a valuable online resource to the study of philately and postal operations as seen through the NPM’s collection, an open discussion about using the Internet to collect, and a round-table discussion on “Internet Scams, Scoundrels, and Security.”

Days don’t end with these classes. Evenings are chock-full of philately, good food, and fun. Janet Klug sets the tone for the week at the Sunday evening Reception speaking on “Why We Collect?” Kathleen Wunderly shares the connection between Bellefonte and early air mail on Monday, followed by, a Seminar Participant Auction of Tuesday, a special Buy, Sell, Trade! Night on Wednesday, and the Thursday evening Distinguished Philatelist Dinner.

There is still time to register. Student registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and classes fill up quickly. That’s why it’s important that you register today! For your convenience you could sign-up online at APS 2007 Summer Seminar Electives, or print the pdf registration form from the website and mail it to the APS Summer Seminar, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA 16823 or fax it to 814-933-6128.

For more information, contact Janet Houser at jehouser@stamps.org or 814-933-3803, ext. 238.


April 11, 2005: Auxiliary Markings Club Westpex Award

Auxiliary Markings Club Westpex Award


October 25, 2004: Auxiliary Markings Club in Linn's Stamp News

Auxiliary Markings Club in Linns


June 14, 2004: Auxiliary Markings Club Convening at Ropex Linn's Stamp News

Auxiliary Markings Club at Ropex


June 2004: Auxiliary Markings Club web page review in APS Glassine Surfer

Auxiliary Markings web site review


May 18, 2004: Auxiliary Markings Club Tops 100; Meets at ROPEX

Press Release
John M. Hotchner, Publicity Chair
PO Box 1125, Falls Church, VA 22041

Formation of the Auxiliary Markings Club Announced

The Auxiliary Markings Club which was formed earlier this year to bring together collectors of U.S. and other postal markings beyond the cancellation has topped 100 members - 129 to be exact - in only six months. The AMC has also brought out, under the editorship of Tony Wawrukiewicz, two issues of its informative quarterly newsletter "Auxiliary Markings".

Auxiliary markings are defined as the messages added to covers by postal services and other entities that help to explain why a letter or package can not be given the requested service, or has been delayed in the mail. Perhaps the most often seen are the wide range of pointing hand return-to-sender markings that can be found as left hands, right hands, with different messages, etc. .

The AMC will hold its first annual convention at ROPEX 2004, scheduled for June 18-20, at the Webster Community Field House, 800 Five Mile Line Road, Webster, New York. Several exhibits of auxiliary markings will be competing for the Richard B. Graham Award, named for the Linn's columnist who has been writing about this field for over 25 years, and is a legend in the postal history realm.

In addition there will be a general membership meeting from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, and many dealers on the show floor will be featuring this kind of material. The public is welcome. There is no charge for admission to ROPEX or for parking.

Readers are invited to go to www.postal-markings.org for more information and a form to join the AMC; or write to Jerry Johnson, 6621 W. Victoria Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336 for more information. Dues are only $15.


January 26, 2004: Pointing Hands in 'Auxiliary Markings'

Auxiliary Markings journal news item


November 24, 2003: Formation of the Auxiliary Markings Club Announced

Press Release
John M. Hotchner, Publicity Chair
PO Box 1125, Falls Church, VA 22041

Formation of the Auxiliary Markings Club Announced

The Auxiliary Markings Club has just been formed with the missions of helping to bring order to this diverse and interesting collecting area, to facilitate the exchange of material among members, and to promote our comer of the hobby to those just getting interested.

Auxiliary markings are defined as those messages added to covers by the Postal Service and other entities that help to explain why a letter or package can not be given the requested service, or has been delayed in the mail. Perhaps the most often seen are the wide range of pointing hand retum-to-sender markings that can be found as left hands, right hands, with different messages, etc. The Club intends to cover both U.S. and foreign markings.

The Club has been formed with over 30 members, and a board consisting of President Nancy B. Clark. Vice President Jerry Nylander, Treasurer Gary Hendren, Secretary Jerry Johnson, Directors Michael Strother, Doug Merenda and (co-founder) John Hotchner, Editor Tony Wawrukiewicz, and Webmaster (and co-founder) Douglas Quine.

Readers are invited to go to www.postal-markings.org for more information and a form to sign up as a founding member; or write to Jerry Johnson, 6621 W. Victoria Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336 for more information. Dues are only $15 for the first year. The first issue of the Club's newsletter was expected to be released in January, 2004.

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