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MILITARY POSTAL HISTORY
REFERENCE LITERATURE


Catalog of U.S. Naval Postmarks / Fifth Edition. (David A. Kent, Editor/1997): This important catalog was the first full revision in more than twenty years. Lists ships and cancel types, and includes a scarcity index. This one is a must for all dealers and collectors. (500 pages; unbound, 3-hole punch.) #970603. $39.00.

As above, on CD-ROM. #850301. $30.00.

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Postal History of the AEF, 1917-1923 / 2nd Edition. (Van Dam, Ed./1990): A detailed catalog of the postal history of the American Expeditionary Forces during and after World War I, with illustrations of postmarks, censor & auxiliary marks, and a valuation guide for all listed types. Includes the following chapters and sections:

Chapter 1. The AEF in Western Europe and the United States
Chapter 2. The Postal Markings of the AEF
Chapter 3. AEF Prisoners of War Mail
Chapter 4. The "800" AEF Postmarks, a mystery partly solved
Chapter 5. APO No 901, Milan, Italy
Chapter 6. APO 975 and European Officers Courier Services
Chapter 7. American Red Cross in WWI and Army Medical Department Overseas
Chapter 8. Patriotics used by members of the AEF
Chapter 9. The Marines
Chapter 10. Postal Censorship during WWI
Chapter 11. Military and Naval Aviation 1917 - 1919
Chapter 12. Occupation of the Rhineland 1918 - 1923
Chapter 13. The North Russian Campaign 1918 - 1919
Chapter 14. A classification system for Siberian AEF covers
Bibliography
Valuation Guide

- Printed version: (265 pages; spiral bound with hard clear plastic cover.) #790408. $50.00.
- CD-ROM version, with the data stored in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format: #790409. $28.00.
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Update I to the Second Edition of the Postal History of the AEF, 1917-1923. (Van Dam, Editor/1991): The first of two profusely illustrated and annotated companions to the 1990 work, with hundreds of newly reported postal markings and usages from the American Expeditionary Forces.

- 66 pages on CD-ROM only, with the data stored in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format: #790411. $28.00.
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Update II to the Second Edition of the Postal History of the AEF, 1917-1923. (Van Dam, Editor/1993): The second of two profusely illustrated and annotated companions to the 1990 work, with hundreds of newly reported postal markings and usages from the American Expeditionary Forces.

- 168 pages on CD-ROM only, with the data stored in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format: #790413. $28.00.
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United States Patriotic Envelopes of World War II. (Lawrence Sherman/2006): A large and impressive range of new information and ideas since the 1999 effort result in this wonderful volume, with advances in printing allowing an all-color format for the 600+ illustrations. And there's much more, including a significant increase in the number of cachets listed (more than 11,060, up from the previous 9,660) and the number of illustrations, with more than 1,000 price changes since the 1999 edition. The updated cachet catalog accounts for more than 260 of its total number of pages. (428 pages, hardbound.) #760603. $80.00.

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The Catalog of Union Civil War Patriotic Covers. (Weiss/1995): A lavishly illustrated, monumental work. Replaces the 60 year-old Walcott book as the standard reference to aid in identifying and collecting Union patriotics. Includes both a value guide. (850 pages; hardbound.) #740503. $95.00.
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Domestic United States Military Facilities of the First World War (1917-1919): A Postal History. (Bob Swanson/2000): An important publication in which the author lists every known location in the United States and Territories where soldiers, sailors or marines might have been stationed during World War I, providing source locations and checklists for postal history (letters and cards) from military personnel. The book lists all fixed, land-based United States military camps and facilities that operated during the War period, with known postmark types and dates of usage for the various machine cancels that were used, as well as some handstamp types. The book includes:
- Many illustrations of cancels and covers
- Extensive index to assist searching for specific military bases
- Additional background information covering both the War and its military postal history
- War-era listing of U.S. military abbreviations
- Listings arranged by state to assist both state and local postal history collectors

(375 pages; looseleaf.) #700301. $65.00.

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Prisoners' Mail from the American Civil War. (Galen D. Harrison/1998): It has been decades since the last work was compiled on the Civil War prison covers. This book is a totally new work on the subject.
More than 20 years of research and a database of more than 2,700 Prisoner of War covers were used to produce this publication. Included in this work are the earliest and latest dates of usage for most handstamped "examined" markings, as well as manuscript markings, from the various U.S. and Confederate prisons. The number of reported covers is given from each of the 58 Confederate and 83 Union prisons that are listed. A series of four appendices gives tabulated information at a glance. This work corrects many errors that are to be found in earlier articles on the subject. It contains more than 300 illustrations, about 50 which are illustrations of the prisons themselves.
This archive-quality publication is a must for any Civil War enthusiast, postal history collector or library. Only 1,000 copies have been printed and, considering the appeal of the subject matter, these will surely be sold in a short time. (307 pages, hardbound: Smyth sewn and bound with a gray roxite cloth cover, gold stamped.) #980103. $45.00.
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AEF in the BEF. (Jim Boyden/1997): A study of the postal history of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I whose mail bears cancellations of either the British civil post in the British Isles or the British Military Post in France and Western Europe. Includes:

- approx. 400 pages on CD-ROM only, with the data stored in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format: #790401. $28.00.
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Numbered Army & Air Force Post Office Locations / 7th Edition, Volume 1: BPOs, PRSs, & Regular Post Offices, 1941-1964. (Russ Carter/2001): Due to the amount of new information since the last edition, the book has been split into several volumes. This, the first of these volumes, deals only with the numbered permanent Army Post Offices from World War II until the start of the Zip Code era. Many corrections have been made in this edition. The large number of additions is the result of extensive research in the National Archives and the Center For Military History along with the input from Society members. Besides many new dates and locations, there are entries for APOs previously not known along with previously many unrecorded branches.

Some examples are: the previous edition had 34 Base Post Office entries while the new edition has 88 entries plus information on BPO detachments; the 1st BPO which had 2 lines now lists 25 lines and now known to be 3 different units; APO 196, which was on a ship, was listed with 5 locations and now lists 12 locations; APO 999, which previously had 4 sub unit entries now has 16 entries. Also, the have been many changes and additions to Canadian, Alaskan, and Central American APOs.

Many new APOs in India and post war Germany have been added. The section on "APOs % PM Los Angeles" is the most comprehensive and detailed listing ever published. The book opens with an introductory chapter on the history of the Army Postal System, and how it worked with such things as listings of APOs used in US maneuvers, lists to help identify covers, and a description of the relationships between the pans of the Post Office Department and the Army. Next are chapters on the Base Post Offices and Postal Regulating Stations with their histories, workings and listings. The main body of work, over 240 pages, is the chapter on APOs with their listings. Finally, there is a country index of numbers listed.

- 321 page with illustrations and 7 charts, on CD-ROM only, with the data stored in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format: #790402. $28.00.
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Numbered Army & Air Force Post Office Locations / 7th Edition, Volume 2: Temporary APOs, 1941-1947. (Russ Carter/2002): Almost nothing in military cover collecting is as mysterious as those 4 and 5 digit APO numbers. There have been questions on what they were called, how they worked, who got them, and where they were or went. The previous edition of this book listed about 600 of these APOs but was little more than a listing from a couple of cover collections. So much new information has been gathered that a whole volume was required.

This volume is the culmination of several years' research in the National Archives and lists over 21,000 numbers. Most of these numbers list the date they were assigned and where they were going. The story begins with the first assignment in December 1941 to the last one recorded in April 1947. There are sample documents to show not only the source of the information but also how the system worked. Included, for example, is a document assigning a temporary APO to comedian Jack Benny.

The volume takes you through each feature of a temporary APO and tells who used them and why, how many people used them, where they were used, and so forth. Of particular interest is information on how to decipher a cover: what numbers were set aside for special purposes and what the suffixes or letters and additional numbers meant. Along with this, one will find what it means when a cover is or is not censored, why Navy cancels are on some covers, and how to figure out where a cover was posted when there is only a killer cancel or no cancels.

- 417 pages, with 17 illustrations, 9 documents and 1 chart, on CD-ROM only, with the data stored in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format: #790403. $28.00.
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Numbered Navy & Marine Corps Post Office Locations / 7th Edition, Volume 3. (Russ Carter/2003): The numbered Post Office codes used by the Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps were an attempt to hide the locations or unit type. This volume is the culmination of several years' research in the national Archives and U.S. Postal Service library to try to fill gaps of previous editions. While there are a good number of newly discovered Post Office numbers, the real contribution of this edition is the thousands of additions to Branch locations.

This book begins with an introduction to the Navy and Marine Corps postal coded numbering systems. It is followed with a detailed listing of Navy Post Office numbers, then by the Branch numbers used by the Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps and finally a listing of the Marine Corps Unit numbers that were used early in WW II. Each section contains illustrations of both common covers and a few oddities created by the numbering systems. Last but not least, the numbers and the countries in which they were used are included.

- 287 pages, with 37 illustrations, on CD-ROM only, with the data stored in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format: #790404. $28.00.
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Greetings: Postal History of the Selective Service and the Draft 1917-1976. (Russ W. Carter): This book covers the various items of postal stationery, particularly penalty post cards, used by the selective service processes. Starting in World War I, there are 48 penalty items covered and illustrated including mail bag tags, package labels and cards. In World War 2 there are 39 penalty items covered and illustrated. In the post-WW2 era there are 77 items covered and illustrated. Many of the topics covered by the cards are rather surprising. While registration, notice of classification, and requests to report for physical examination are what one would expect, there are such topics as deserter reports, meal ticket requests, authorization to entrain, reemployment references, college qualification tests, and occupational inquiry. Also, there are cards that were used between the local boards and state headquarters plus the Provost Marshal General Office. The final chapter is devoted to a preliminary listing of Selective Service penalty envelopes. Almost every item has both sides illustrated and all single cards are at full scale. The penalty cards range from 5 by 3 inches to a huge 17 by 16 inch message and reply monster. A handy 4-page check list gives collectors a guide to all of the forms and cards.

- 180 numbered pages, with over 160 illustrations plus a check list, on CD-ROM only, with the data stored in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format: #790415. $28.00.
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We Build - We Fight: Locations and Assignments of United States Naval Construction Units 1941-2005. (Norm Gruenzner/2005): United States Naval Construction units came into existence just prior to December 7th, 1941. "We Build - We Fight" is the motto of the Seabees. This work traces the evolution of the construction units from 1941 thru 2005 and updates the 1976 work by Robert Murphy of the old War Cover Club.

- 421 pages, with 76 illustrations of covers, censor marks and official Navy photographs, on CD-ROM only, with the data stored in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format: #790405. $28.00.
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World War II U.S. Censor Enclosure Slips and Return-to-Sender Labels. (Russ Carter): This book covers both the military and civil censor return-to-sender labels used to send mail back to the originator but also those slips that were enclosed to tell the originator why the mail was being returned to them. There are more that 360 slips and labels illustrated plus more than 20 additional items identified through Archive records. Many of these items have information as to how they were to be used, which was pulled out of censor manuals. Many include the dates when they began and when they were taken out of service. Additionally, there are 14 figures illustrating use and other information. There are also charts cross referencing them by different topics and by the different organizations that produced or used them.

- 87 pages; 360 items illustrated, with 14 additional illustrations, on CD-ROM only, with the data stored in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format: #800802. $28.00.
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War Ballots: Military Voting by Mail from the Civil War to World War II. (Russ Carter/2005): The War Ballot envelopes and cards, with those bright red stripes across the middle, have long been an enigma. They present the collector with a challenge in that they do not fit into any conventional category. For example, they cannot be classified as postal stationery, as penalty covers can. They were used by the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and even selected civilians. Some were only used overseas while others were used everywhere. One can find them on a regular basis, yet they are not available in great numbers. And finally, there has been no source of information to guide the collector - until now.

- 262 pages, with more than 315 illustrations, 9 charts and 2 identification guides, on CD-ROM only, with the data stored in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format: #790406. $28.00.
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U.S. Air Service in the British Isles, 1917-1919. (James Boyden/2002): This study concerns the many American Air Service squadrons and subordinate units that were stationed in the British Isles during World War I, and were required to use the British civil postal system. Included are listings of all reported Air Service units, the British Royal Air Force locations used by those units, and a listing of post offices available for use at each location. Also included is the background of the Air Service in the British Isles and a discussion of postal and censorship operations. Contains several reproductions of covers.

- 96 pages on CD-ROM only, with the data stored in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format: #790407. $28.00.

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Canadian Military Postal Markings. (W.J. Bailey & E.R. Toop/1996): Final Canadian Military Postal History book by these writers, a massive work in two soft bound volumes with multi-color cover & slip case. (872 pages; softbound.) #760106. $110.00.


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Mellone's Photo Encyclopedia of U.S.S. Akron & Macon Event Covers. (John F. Ullmann/1996): Contains photographs and current market prices of more than 2,700 city and ship cancels on event covers commemorating the Akron & Macon dirigibles. Indicates cachet maker, color and quantity issued, when known. Uses unique numbering system for types. (352 pages; softbound.) #970379.$40.00.



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