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.

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81 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?

    • Joshua McGee says:

      Hi Brian,

      It's about the right thickness, but I would avoid doing that, because the very high acid content of the cardboard will cause yellowing of your covers.

      I cut up 100lb cover (270gsm) cardstock from Superfine Printing these days for stiffeners. It works like a charm.

    • Trevor Ashman says:

      I print my covers in cardstock from staples. Print my design, cut it out, glue together with acid free adhesive affix stamp and send it in along with a clear sleeve that the postal clerk seals around the cover after affixing the postmark. then they send it back to me. This way I don't need any stiffener inside.

      if I use a standard envelope, I get the card from my local pharmacy that comes with the labels they print for the prescription bottles.

  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. 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.


    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
      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 ?


  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?

    • 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:


    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:

  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:

  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


  38. Laurie says:

    Is the 100 years of flight correctly posted with a mailing address for frozen treats?
    Seems kinda odd but just checking..

    • Joshua McGee says:

      Thanks for catching that, Laurie! The mailing address was correct, but the station name got pulled in from another listing. Fixed now.

  39. Gail says:

    Are there post offices that offer special Halloween postmarks?

    • Joshua McGee says:

      Hi Gail,

      Yes, there should be. The designs and addresses will typically be announced within the two week period before Halloween. I'd recommend stopping by the site next week to check for new listings.

      Also, you can use the Post Office Search on this site to find towns with suitable names. Perhaps you could try Broomfield, Colorado; Tombstone, Arizona; or Death Valley, California.

  40. Michael J Luzzi says:

    This is so totally excellent. I just might send some blanks this year and see what I get back. Halloween is on a Wednesday, so there shouldn't be a problem requesting Red Round Dater cancels.

  41. Michael J Luzzi says:

    And let's not forget Transylvania, LA! 13119 Highway 65 S 71286

  42. Laurie says:

    Any idea if there will be a pictorial for the new matchbox stamp/s? Thx.

  43. David says:

    Anyone know of any upcoming postmarks for any Apollo 50th anniversary missions?

    Does Apollo, PA have any special cancellations?

  44. Elgin Sink says:

    Anybody have any info about a special pictorial postmark for the 2019 Super Bowl?

  45. Kaitie says:

    Thank you for making this list and always keeping it updated! I appreciate it.

  46. Johanna says:

    Hi, thank you for this website. I recently sent away for the duck stamp postmark and my envelope came back return to sender with a statement saying we do not have a postmark for this federal duck stamp. Does that mean there are only certain stamps they will cancel?

    • Joshua McGee says:

      Hi Johanna,

      For the duck stamp postmark, I believe they will cancel either this year's federal duck stamp or any envelope bearing at least First Class postage. They will not cancel previous years' duck stamps without additional postage. You could resubmit your cover and add a Forever stamp and they would cancel them together.

  47. Johanna says:

    Thank you for the quick response! I will be more careful, however, I did put two duck stamps to compensate for the postage cost. I will try mailing it back with a flag stamp, thanks!

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