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
California State Fair Military Appreciation Day Station, Sacramento, California — 2018-07-19 Until
2018-08-18
California State Fair Fireworks Station, Sacramento, California — 2018-07-20 Until
2018-08-19
California State Fair Brewfest Station, Sacramento, California — 2018-07-21 Until
2018-08-20
Coulterville Area of Commerce “Adami Hotel, 1880 – 1955”, Coulterville, Illinois — 2018-07-21 Until
2018-08-20
Danish Viking Days Station, Viborg, South Dakota — 2018-07-21 Until
2018-08-20
Ice Cream Capital of the World Frozen Treats Station, Le Mars, Iowa — 2018-06-21 Until
2018-08-20
Onawa, Iowa Station — 2018-07-21 Until
2018-08-20
Rodeo Station, Cheyenne, Wyoming — 2018-07-21 Until
2018-08-20
Scottish Settlers Bicentennial Station, Hammond, New York — 2018-07-21 Until
2018-08-20
The Snowy Day, Brooklyn, New York — 2018-06-21 Until
2018-08-20
UPMA (United Postmasters and Managers of America) Station, Sparks, Nevada — 2018-07-21 Until
2018-08-20
California State Fair De Tecalitlan Station, Sacramento, California — 2018-07-22 Until
2018-08-21
Family Fun Station, Bitely, Michigan — 2018-07-22 Until
2018-08-21
Short’s Prairie Station Randolph County Bicentennial, Percy, Illinois — 2018-07-22 Until
2018-08-21
California State Fair Station “Sugar Ray”, Sacramento, California — 2018-07-23 Until
2018-08-22
California State Fair Kids Day Station, Sacramento, California — 2018-07-24 Until
2018-08-23
Pilot Mountain State Park, Pilot Mountain, North Carolina — 2018-07-24 Until
2018-08-23
California State Fair Taste of the Fair Station, Sacramento, California — 2018-07-25 Until
2018-08-24
Cheyenne Gunslingers Gunslinger Station, Cheyenne, Wyoming — 2018-07-25 Until
2018-08-24
USCGC Nathan Bruckenthal (WPC 1128) Commissioning Station, Alexandria, Virginia — 2018-07-25 Until
2018-08-24
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) 30th Anniversary, Norfolk, Virginia — 2018-07-25 Until
2018-08-24
California State Fair First Responders Appreciation Day Station, Sacramento, California — 2018-07-26 Until
2018-08-25
Mister Rogers Southmore Station, Houston, Texas — 2018-07-26 Until
2018-08-25
California State Fair Senior Savings Day Station, Sacramento, California — 2018-07-27 Until
2018-08-26
Date Meets ZIP 72718, Cave Springs, Arkansas — 2018-07-27 Until
2018-08-26
Steel City Pops Station, Lexington, Kentucky — 2018-07-27 Until
2018-08-26
Ashland Sesquicentennial Celebration, Ashland, New Hampshire — 2018-07-28 Until
2018-08-27
California State Fair Wienerschnitzel Station, Sacramento, California — 2018-07-28 Until
2018-08-27
Charpex 100 Years of Airmail Pilot Station, Charlotte, North Carolina — 2018-07-28 Until
2018-08-27
Rodeo Station, Cheyenne, Wyoming — 2018-07-28 Until
2018-08-27
101st Lions Clubs International Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada — 2018-06-29 Until
2018-08-28
California State Fair Cornhole Championship Station, Sacramento, California — 2018-07-29 Until
2018-08-28
Frozen Treats Station, Midwest City, Oklahoma — 2018-06-29 Until
2018-08-28
National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Day Station, Cooperstown, New York — 2018-07-29 Until
2018-08-28
Saint Louis Zoo Frozen Treat Station, St. Louis, Missouri — 2018-06-29 Until
2018-08-28
100 Years of Air Mail Service Station, Midwest City, Oklahoma — 2018-06-29 – 2018-06-30 Until
2018-08-29
148th Annual Masonic Celebration Station, Florala, Alabama — 2018-06-30 Until
2018-08-29
101st Lions Clubs International Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada — 2018-07-02 Until
2018-08-31
Americover 2018 “Frozen Treats”, Norcross, Georgia — 2018-08-03 Until
2018-09-02
Americover 2018 “Sunglasses”, Norcross, Georgia — 2018-08-03 Until
2018-09-02
Bicentennial Station, Louisiana, Missouri — 2018-06-30 – 2018-07-04 Until
2018-09-02
Neshoba County Fair Station, Philadelphia, Mississippi — 2018-07-27 – 2018-08-03 Until
2018-09-02
Americover 2018 “Peach”, Norcross, Georgia — 2018-08-04 Until
2018-09-03
Forefathers Monument Station, Plymouth, Massachusetts — 2018-08-04 Until
2018-09-03
MERPEX Station, Marlton, New Jersey — 2018-08-03 – 2018-08-04 Until
2018-09-03
Tower’s 100th Birthday, Ogilvie, Minnesota — 2018-08-04 Until
2018-09-03
USCG Eagle Station, Norfolk, Virginia — 2018-08-04 Until
2018-09-03
Americover 2018 “Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement”, Norcross, Georgia — 2018-08-05 Until
2018-09-04
USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) 30th Anniversary, Norfolk, Virginia — 2018-07-09 Until
2018-09-07
Stampshow/NTSS Here Be Dragons Station, Columbus, Ohio — 2018-08-09 Until
2018-09-08
Stampshow/NTSS Celebrate Nature Station, Columbus, Ohio — 2018-08-10 Until
2018-09-09
Timberfest Station, Lewiston, Michigan — 2018-08-10 Until
2018-09-09
100th Observance of the First World War, Henderson, New York — 2018-08-11 Until
2018-09-10
Pony Express and Nevada Northern Railway Station, Ely, Nevada — 2018-08-11 Until
2018-09-10
Randolph County Bicentennial Station, Baldwin, Illinois — 2018-08-11 Until
2018-09-10
Remembrance Day: Honoring Physicians and Nurses, Peninsula, Ohio — 2018-08-11 Until
2018-09-10
Stampshow/NTSS Celebrate Science and Space Exploration Station, Columbus, Ohio — 2018-08-11 Until
2018-09-10
Strait Stamp Show Station, Sequim, Washington — 2018-08-11 Until
2018-09-10
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) 15th Anniversary, Norfolk, Virginia — 2018-07-12 Until
2018-09-10
Alcatraz Island Station, San Francisco, California — 2018-08-12 Until
2018-09-11
California State Fair Opening Day Station, Sacramento, California — 2018-07-13 Until
2018-09-11
Lime Springs 150th Anniversary Station, Lime Springs, Iowa — 2018-08-12 Until
2018-09-11
Stampshow/NTSS Days of Legend and Lore Station, Columbus, Ohio — 2018-08-12 Until
2018-09-11
California State Fair Thoroughbred Horse Racing, Sacramento, California — 2018-07-14 Until
2018-09-12
Erie County Fair Station, Hamburg, New York — 2018-08-13 Until
2018-09-12
Sleeping Bear Dunes Station, Empire, Michigan — 2018-06-14 Until
2018-09-12
California State Fair Sale of Champions Station, Sacramento, California — 2018-07-15 Until
2018-09-13
Aledo Centennial, Aledo, Illinois — 2018-08-15 Until
2018-09-14
California State Fair Navy Week Station, Sacramento, California — 2018-07-16 Until
2018-09-14
California State Fair Poppy’s Birthday Station, Sacramento, California — 2018-07-17 Until
2018-09-15
Heritage Days Station, Alliance, Nebraska — 2018-07-17 Until
2018-09-15
State Fair Postal Station, Sedalia, Missouri — 2018-08-09 – 2018-08-16 Until
2018-09-15
California State Fair Happy Together Tour Station, Sacramento, California — 2018-07-18 Until
2018-09-16
Jefferson, IA Station, Jefferson, Iowa — 2018-07-23 Until
2018-09-21
Sigourney, IA Station, Sigourney, Iowa — 2018-07-26 Until
2018-09-24
Schift Scout Reservation Station, Mendham, New Jersey — 2018-07-31 Until
2018-09-29
The Perfins Club 75th Anniversary Station, Columbus, Ohio — 2018-07-31 Until
2018-09-29
Upcoming Postmarks

64 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 (currently 50¢), 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 (currently 71¢) if you submit 1–2 covers, and between 2 and 3 ounces (currently 92¢) 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.

    David

  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.
    Thanks.

  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. 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.

  14. Drew says:

    Thanks, I've visited the sites listed. Also Google has great search for eclipse.
    http://www.kgw.com/news/eclipse/eclipse-themed-postmarks-available-at-30-oregon-posts-offices/464534570

    http://www.nbcneb.com/scottsbluff/content/news/Wyoming-post-offices-offering-special-Eclipse-postmarks-440608983.html

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

  15. 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
      Postmaster
      PO Box 9998
      Lusk, WY 82225-9998

  16. 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?

    • Joshua McGee 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?"

      Postmark America postmarks feature images of permanent local interest, and are available in perpetuity from the date they are first offered, unless the post office itself closes permanently. Think of them as "Forever Pictorials". 🙂

  17. 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

  18. 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 ?

    Thanks

  19. Gerard says:

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

  20. 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. 🙂

  21. Bill Wladyka says:

    There is a pictorial cancellation for the commissioning of the USCGC Jakob Poroo WPC-1125 on 8 Nov. 2017 in New Orleans, LA, but I can't find the mailing address. Do you happen to know it? Also, the USCGC Midgett WMSL-757 was launched today (22 Nov.) at Pascagoula, MS. Do you know if there is a pictorial cancel and if so, the mailing address?

    Thank You,
    Bill Wladyka
    USCS #9915

  22. chuck Vukotich says:

    There used to be a guy who was a dealer in pictorial postmarks. Is he still out there?

  23. Larry Miller says:

    Looking for pictorial postmarks of Utah. Any help out there?

    • Joshua McGee says:

      As of this writing, I don't know of any pictorials being offered in Utah. I am assembling a directory of Postmark America postmarks for the site, and there may be some on that list. I'd suggest checking back here regularly, and I'll reply again when the Postmark America information is listed.

  24. Laurie Medina says:

    Hi. So wondering if there are any kind of pictorials for Antarctica? Any info?
    Thx.

    • Joshua McGee says:

      Hi Laurie,

      While pictorial postmarks are occasionally/rarely offered for Antarctica, there are not (to my knowledge) any available at the moment. If any surface, I will be sure to post them on this page.

  25. Heimer Sia says:

    Hello,

    I want to know if there is a list of "permanent" pictorial postmark from USA? You know, the ones that are technically available for many years. An example which you might have heard of is the Mule Mail postmark from Supai, Arizona.

  26. Kevin says:

    Is there a special postmark for the Superbowl or the Winter Carnival in Minneapolis and St. Paul? Thanks.

  27. ELGIN SINK says:

    Kevin...the following has info about 2018 Super Bowl pictorial postmarks:
    http://www.kbjr6.com/story/37407748/souvenir-postmarks-created-to-highlight-super-bowl

  28. nirlay says:

    Like to find out the details of the 6 available postmarks for Superbowl LII

  29. Jordan Roche says:

    nirlay, here is a link to images and the addresses for the 6 superbowl postmarks. On pages 46 and 47 of the Feb-1 Postal Bulletin: https://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/2018/pb22486/pb22486.pdf

  30. Joshua McGee says:

    Kevin and Nirlay:

    The Super Bowl pictorial postmarks are now on the site. Search this page for "Super Bowl".

  31. Eugene Hamilton says:

    What has happened to your site? I had been really depending on it until recently because you had been showing the images of the pictorial postmarks instead of only the description that Linn's always does. Now it's down to two pop. I really hope that your pp returns to what it used to be.
    Thank you.
    Brad Hamilton

    • Joshua McGee says:

      Hi Brad,

      The calendar has been put on hold due to a family emergency. I hope to have it restored very soon. Thanks for your patience.

  32. Tomi says:

    Hello from Croatia , my name is Tomi . Just wanted to ask what happend with this page , since was great thing to seen upcomming postmarks and now it seems stop to work and was great help to me with USA collection . Hope come soon back again.
    Thank you Tomi

  33. ELGIN SINK says:

    Brad and Tomi, Check the following for a good recent summary of pictorial postmarks:
    http://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/2018/pb22492/pb22492.pdf

  34. Tomi says:

    Thanks very much for the answers about postmarks , but concerning bulletin's for me is problem since when publish it does not leave me time to sent prepared covers from Europe to postalk addresses to arrive there and back. That why I liked this page coz could choose postmarks with 1 month save peroid of senting there in time . JUST HOPE COME AGAIN IN WAY IT WAS .

    • Joshua McGee says:

      Hi Tomi,

      I've been dealing with a family emergency, which is why I have not been able to update the calendar recently. I hope that everything will be resolved soon and the calendar can get back to normal.

      Thanks for your enthusiasm and for your support of Collect Postmarks.

  35. Joshua McGee says:

    The Pictorial Postmark Calendar is up-to-date once more. Thank you for your patience while it was being restored.

  36. Frank says:

    Thanks for keeping the site up. It works well for my one-stop center for pictorial postmarks. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

  37. Kevin Ruddell says:

    Is there an option to mail a commemorative cover of an individual to their hometown city post office/ postmaster for hand canceling ? Not a FDC or stamp release

    thank you

    Kevin

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