Pictorial Postmark Calendar

These pictorial postmarks are available, until the date listed, by following the instructions on the Sending for postmarks page.

Note: This unofficial calendar is maintained by collectors, not the USPS.

Current Postmarks
Bridge Day Station, Fayetteville, West Virginia — 2017-10-21 Until
Dover Stamp Club Station, Dover, Delaware — 2017-10-21 Until
Chincoteague, Virginia Pony Swim Station — 2017-07-26 Until
Halloween Station (Get Stirred Up, Collect Stamps), Boca Raton, Florida — 2017-10-24 Until
Chincoteague, Virginia Pony Penning Station — 2017-07-27 Until
ISHA-9 Anesthesia History, Boston, Massachusetts — 2017-10-25 Until
29th Annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue, Lynchburg, Tennessee — 2017-10-28 Until
Bethel, New York Station — 2017-10-28 Until
Elmira Prison Camp STEPEX Station, Elmira, New York — 2017-10-27 – 2017-10-28 Until
Cuy-Lor-Pex Station (Cleveland Metroparks), Rocky River, Ohio — 2017-10-28 – 2017-10-29 Until
Ellis Island National Monument DED Station, Jersey City, New Jersey — 2017-08-30 Until
WALPEX JFK Centennial Celebration, Lexington, Massachusetts — 2017-10-28 – 2017-10-29 Until
USCGC Oliver Berry (WPC 1124) Commissioning Station, Honolulu, Hawaii — 2017-10-31 Until
Hope For A Cure Kentuckiana Survivors Station, Louisville, Kentucky — 2017-10-02 Until
Tucson, Arizona Sesquicentennial — 2017-11-01 Until
Douglas, Arizona Centennial — 2017-11-03 Until
Pony Express Rodeo Nights Gilbert Days Station, Gilbert, Arizona — 2017-11-03 Until
Lumpkin County Library Centennial, Dahlonega, Georgia — 2017-11-04 Until
Pittpex 100th Anniversary of the U.S. Entry into World War I, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — 2017-11-04 – 2017-11-05 Until
INDYPEX Station, Noblesville, Indiana — 2017-10-06 – 2017-10-08 Until
USS Boise (SSN 764) 25th Anniversary Station, Norfolk, Virginia — 2017-11-07 Until
Western Swing 2017 Instrumentalist of the Year, Lockney, Texas – 2017-11-09 Until
General Patton Memorial Award Honors, Chiriaco Summit, California — 2017-11-11 Until
Veterans’ Day Station, San Francisco, California — 2017-11-11 Until
SESCAL 100th Anniversary of World War I, Ontario, California — 2017-10-13 Until
NASCAR Day Station, Randleman, North Carolina — 2017-10-14 Until
George Rogers Clark National Historic Park Quarter Launch, Vincennes, Indiana — 2017-11-14 Until
Africa Rocks Station, San Diego, California — 2017-10-17 Until
Youth Stamp Fair (Sharks), Ventura, California — 2017-10-17 Until
“Build a Better World” Salute to Our Veterans, Elmont, New York — 2017-11-18 Until
Smithsonian National Postal Museum “Beautiful Blooms”, Washington, DC — 2017-10-19 Until
Total Eclipse of the Sun: Whitewater, Missouri — 2017-08-21 Until
Tulsa Proud Station, Tulsa, Oklahoma — 2017-10-20 Until
GLAPEX XXXIII, Kalispell, Montana — 2017-10-21 Until
Pumpkin Show Station, Circleville, Ohio — 2017-10-18 – 2017-10-21 Until
Savanna-Sabula Bridge Station, Savanna, Illinois — 2017-10-21 Until
McCracken, Kansas Rodeo Station — 2016-07-08 Until
Hacienda Lealtad Phi Delta Gamma Station, Lares, Puerto Rico — 2017-08-26 Until
Grand Central Market Centennial, Los Angeles, California — 2017-10-27 Until
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank “Season for Sharing”, Los Angeles, California — 2017-11-08 Until
Alaska Bald Eagle Festival, Haines, Alaska — 2017-11-06 – 2017-11-11 Until
Upcoming Postmarks
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40 Responses to Pictorial Postmark Calendar

  1. Ying Shi says:

    Hi, I want to ask that if I want to get a pictorial postmark by SASE method, how much postage I need to affix? Any or at least first class mail postage? Thanks.

    • Joshua McGee says:

      Thanks for the question, Ying Shi.

      For the SASE method, each cover you submit must bear at least First Class postage (47¢), and the return envelope must bear sufficient First Class postage for the total combined weight of the covers you have submitted, plus its own weight. You will need a postal scale or some other method to weigh/estimate their combined weight.

      Likely the SASE will weigh between 1 and 2 ounces (68¢) if you submit 1–2 covers, and between 2 and 3 ounces (89¢) if you submit 3–4 covers. I have a postage table generator at http://collectpostmarks.com/postage-calculator/ if you want an easy way to look up postage rates.

      Please let me know if any of this is unclear.

  2. DAVID TOMB says:

    I've been searching like crazy for a special Thanksgiving Pictorial Postmark. For the life of me, I can't find anything. Any suggestions? Many thanks!

    • Joshua McGee says:

      Hi David,

      I would suggest checking back at this page on the 10th of this month. Any Thanksgiving pictorials are likely to show up in the November 9th Postal Bulletin.

      You could also send for postmarks from post offices with Thanksgiving-themed names. You can find them through the Post Office Search function on this site. Postmarks from Turkey, Turkey City, or Turkey Creek, for instance, might work well.

  3. SHIV GARG says:

    I am looking for any pictorial post marks on Red Cross tasks and activities, can't find any, your suggestions please if any? Thanks,

    SC Garg

  4. Ray Orem says:

    Your website is great and very helpful.

    Why don't you list cancels for new stamp issues ?

  5. Brian Rogers says:

    Does anybody else cut up cereal boxes to make stiffening material?

  6. Brian Rogers says:

    Thanks, Joshua.

  7. David Evans says:

    Are there any announcements of postmarks for Total Eclipse yet? I really want to get in on that one.


  8. Michael Luzzi says:

    Josh, thanks for all the work you do on this wonderful website. I think I will take a chance and send in for a few of these. Hopefully, they all come back nicely done and I won't be disappointed. Otherwise, I will have to contact Celia. You know the drill when they come back poorly serviced.

  9. John Mewshaw says:

    Has anyone had a problem with the 2017 Inaugural cancellation? I sent in some postcards in Feb, and haven't gotten them back yet.

  10. Ray Orem says:

    I've sent quite a few postcards for the Inaugural cancellation. A batch was delivered about a month ago. No doubt it is slow going. In the past, in some cases, I have observed some stations not delivering until the very last day the postmark was available.

  11. Joshua McGee says:

    These covers took 259 days to return, but at least were accompanied by a letter of apology explaining that they were misplaced and later found.

    These covers took 210 days to return, with no note nor explanation whatsoever.

    Sadly, yes: sometimes it takes a while.

  12. Ling says:

    Hi, I am planning on making some max card with stamps not enough for a post card, say 29 cents. Could I stick another 5-cent stamp on the other side? Thanks in advance.

    • Joshua McGee says:

      I expect this will be a frustrating answer, but as far as I can tell, it is not expressly forbidden in the Postal Operations Manual; however, I tried it once and had the mailpiece returned to me with a note that it was against USPS regulations. The note did not cite a reference.

      I would advise against trying it.

  13. Steve Todd says:

    The Hyattville for the Pony Express postmark is in WY, not WV.

    • Joshua McGee says:

      Fixed. The address was correct but the link text and page title were wrong. Thank you for catching that.

  14. Drew says:

    There are so many eclipse postmarks. Thanks for highlighting some of the interesting items.
    Lots of the same field marks. I wonder what PB will show tomorrow.
    Thoughts on a comprehensive list of ALL postmarks?

    • Joshua McGee says:

      Hi Drew,

      There are so many eclipse postmarks. Thanks for highlighting some of the interesting items.

      You're welcome! Have you seen the Interactive Eclipse Postmark Map on this site?

      Lots of the same field marks. I wonder what PB will show tomorrow.

      Me too. I'm getting more information from readers and my own research, and will update both pages shortly.

      Thoughts on a comprehensive list of ALL postmarks?

      A list of post offices (as up-to-date as I can keep it) is available via this site's Post Office Search feature.

      Town postmarks (in an exhaustive list) are handled brilliantly by the Post Mark Collectors' Club, and first day postmarks by Lloyd de Vries at Virtual Stamp Club, and I saw no need to duplicate their impressive efforts. Please bookmark both sites if you haven't already: they are very useful.

  15. Drew says:

    Thanks, I've visited the sites listed. Also Google has great search for eclipse.


    To name a few.. Your site has brought me back to the hobby in the last few years.
    Thanks again.

  16. Cindy says:

    Are the above listings complete for pictorial cancellations. I was looking for one for the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE LUSK WY 82225 USA STATION. It is supposed to start on August 21st. Could you tell me if you have any information on this cancellation, as well as any others in WY besides the one In Glendo, WY you mentioned above?

    • Joshua McGee says:

      Hi Cindy,

      The list is not complete right now. Over 100 eclipse postmarks were announced today, including twenty from Wyoming. I'm working to get them processed as quickly as possible.

      In the meantime, this is the image for Lusk:

      Request address:

      Pictorial Postmarks
      Total Solar Eclipse Station
      PO Box 9998
      Lusk, WY 82225-9998

  17. Brian says:

    Hello, Can you give a quick explanation of what Postmark America is and how long are those postmarks available at the respective post office?

  18. Jordan Roche says:

    Any idea of any post offices with this postmark here? Or wait until the next postal bulletin? https://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/2017/pb22473/html/info_004.htm

    • Cory Davis says:

      I too am looking forward to any station offering the Reverend Fr Theodore Hesburgh pictorial postmark. I have not seen it in the postal bulletins, past or present. Any help with a quick note if finding one would be greatly appreciated! Kindest Regards and Thanks!

    • Cory says:

      Nope, No Go... shrug: Came back as undeliverable vacant and with yellow postItNote saying "1st Day of Issue Postmark was available only 10/1" I sent a specific request with the signature one with date stamp as pictured but it was in the letter... and they didn't open it... so... Darn Ill send out another request as says 01 Nov and maybe an appeal as posted further in the procedures. Anybody had any luck with appeals? Oh well, we shall see 😉 Sincerely, Cory D Oct 2017

  19. Ray Orem says:

    Your remarks indicate Eclipse postmarks are available through September 20th. However, they remain on your website.

    Have eclipse postmarks been extended beyond September 20th, 2017 ?


  20. Gerard says:

    hi, is there a pictorial cancel from either Houston or LA for the World Series? Thanks.

  21. Carolyn says:

    Hi! Thanks for this site! I have a mail art project where I send a monthly mailing to a group of about 100 subscribers. I would like to get a pictorial postmark on my November mailing. So: am I correct that I would just send a package with my stamped and addressed envelopes to the desired post office along with a request letter? I just want my letters to get the postmark and then get mailed out to addressees as usual in the system. Are 100 letters too many to send for this request? Would this really annoy the postmaster?

    • Joshua McGee says:

      Hi Carolyn!

      You are supposed to include a check, made out to "USPS", for 5¢ per cover in excess of fifty. That is, the first 50 would be free, and the remainder would cost you a nickel apiece.

      Whether it would annoy the postmaster is another question, but the postmaster is (theoretically) supposed to honor your request and cancel each of your ~100 carefully. Whether the postmaster is having a bad day and would make a mess of your covers out of annoyance is just one of those unpredictable human nature questions. 🙂

  22. Michael J Luzzi says:

    Thanks again, Josh for the very helpful information you provide. I copy/paste to a word doc each field pictorial I am interested in sending for.

    Hope to see you and Monica at the Tuber party on Dec 10th at the Lewin's. You can carpool with someone in your area, so please don't let that prevent you from joining us. I can put you on the meeting agenda to talk about this service you provide if you are interested.

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