New WW II APO Book Now Available (2006)
Bart Billings writes: "I wanted to let you know that we've
just completed the APO book that Bob Payne, Reg Morris and I
have been working on for at least 10 years. Toward the end
we were provided with important info from Russ Carter. So,
considering all aspects, this publication will probably be the
final effort this triumvirate will offer."
New Book Review
MACHINE CANCELS - APOs IN WORLD WAR II
Authored by Bart Billings in conjunction with Russ Carter, Bob
Payne, and Reg Morris, this 2 volume work provides a complete catalog
of all known machine postal markings. Each book has a clear acetate
protector over a card stock cover. The cover has color illustrations
of a few of the special APO covers that are eagerly sought.
After more than sixty years since the end of WW
II, there is finally a complete catalog of machine impressed
postal markings used by the U.S.Army to cancel soldier's mail.
Previously the author prepared several publications covering the
APO numbers up to APO 400. This work includes that data and
extends the coverage through the 900 series of APOs as well as
all the BPOs (Base Post Offices). The document now has grown to
about 300 pages set forth in 2 volumes. Now the collector has a
single handbook containing a catalog of all known APOs that used
machines to process mail. This publication is mostly a catalog
listing the APOs, and illustrating almost all the cancels used
by each APO.
Of importance is an added feature that prices each cancel and
provides a Value Guide in the tabulation of each APO. Machine
cancels are assigned values from "very common" (VC) to "extremely rare"
(ER) with price ranges from $1.00 - $5.00 for VC values, to $200
or more for ER values.
A key item is the Index of APOs, which provides a listing of all
the APOs, showing which of the seven basic models of machines was
used at each APO. The page where the APO listing and illustrations
may be found is also given. This is a most useful chart for both
the casual collector, and for the collector who may be interested
in one make or one model machine.
As long as the APO number in known, the beginning collector can
easily learn what make machine impressed a given cancel by
checking the table.
Another important feature is the Type chart, which describes,
and illustrates the various models and types of machines. All machines
were provided by International Postal Supply Company, or
the Pitney Bowes Company. The Pitney Bowes company had acquired the
Universal Stamping Machine Company a few years before the
War. Pitney Bowes also licensed the Universal Postal Frankers,
Ltd. in the UK to make and sell machines.
The reader will find some interesting stories associated with the
military activities, including the following:
The UN Charter- see APO 234 (Vol II, page 55);
Ernie Piles death- see APO 245 (Vol II, page 60);
The first nuclear bomb drop on Japan- see APO 336 (Vol II, page 62).
The Phantom Division and the Bridge at Remagen-see APO 259 (Vol II, page 68)
The Greenland Patrol- see APO 809 (page Vol II, 172,3).
This work consists of two bound Volumes with a total of about
300 pages. A work of this type is never fully completed, so
additional entries are expected. Nevertheless, the authors believe
its state of completeness warrants the packaging. It may
be years before sufficient data is available for a new revision
to be published.
The publication has been completed, and a limited number of
advance copies have been supplied to leading Philatelic
media, and to leading dealers. The Printer will make
the 1st production run in sufficient time to be available
for Xmas gifts.
The two volume set may be ordered
by visiting the
Contact information for the Society's President.
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