Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Auxiliary Markings Club

Founded in 2003, The Auxiliary Markings Club (AMC) brings together a diverse group of collectors who are interested in the movement of the mails -- especially mail that had problems.

As stated on their website, "The evidence of those problems are the markings applied to envelopes and packages as the mail was processed. They may have to do with inadequate postage, problems with the delivery address, accidents that occurred with planes, trains, ships or trucks carrying the mail, or literally hundreds of other reasons."

Shown above is a 1905 postcard belonging to AMC member Chris Masters on which is stamped "This is the mail / letter / package for which you sent postage." This was apparently used for items where there was postage due and the recipient paid what was owed.

Membership is $15 a year and includes the quarterly Auxiliary Markings Newsletter, awards, annual meetings, and cataloging activities. For more information, contact Nancy B.Z. Clark at

To visit their website, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM