Many names in postmarks—and perfins

Long-time collector Bill Schultz, of West Chester, Pa., has received seven responses from CSN readers after announcing a fun challenge for postal historians last week.

After finding a cover with his surname in the Sept. 18, 1911-dated postmark from Schultz, W. Va., Schultz asked other collectors to “match or top this one” with postmarks featuring their surname.

“The best one I receive will get a nice philatelic prize from me,” he said late last month.

Since then, Schultz told CSN among the Canadian respondents, “a few are really terrific.”

Readers can still send relevant covers to Schultz at

A retired philatelic judge with nearly 20 years of experience evaluating competitive exhibits at the national level in both Canada and the United States, Schultz won the American Philatelic Society’s 2021 Ernest Kehr Award for “enduring contributions that help guarantee the future of the hobby,” according to his citation. With more than six decades of philatelic experience altogether, Schultz has also found success as an award-winning exhibitor. He also serves the exhibiting world as a teacher at educational events; as a board member of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors, whose mentoring program he leads; and as the author of the monthly “Facets of Exhibiting” column in American Stamp Collector & Dealer, published by the American Stamp Dealers Association.

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