ROESSLER, ALBERT CHARLES





Fig. 1. Albert Charles Roessler, Jr. (1883-1952), in a photograph at age 46 published by himself in Air Plane Stamp News, Volume 114, March (1929) with the gag line the photo is of the manager of the import department. 

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Albert Charles Roessler, Jr. (1883-1952), was born on April 7, 1883, at Newark, New Jersey, son of Albert Roessler and Emma  Roessler (1858-).

1958 Washington Avenue, New York. Coin and stamp dealer, began trading as a stamp dealer in Denver. 

Fig. 2. Roessler's 1904-7 ads give his address as 21 Club Building, Denver, Colorado. Later he removed to East Orange, New Jersey. Advertisement in The Philatelic West, Volume 28, No. 1, September (1904) leaf 13 recto. For sale.  Write john@numismaticmall.com

Roessler was both a stamp and coin collector and dealer. His coin business lasted over thirty years. Just as John W. Scott was dubbed the octopod by Frossard so too can we give this title to Roessler. His stamp business was both indefatigable and extraordinary, and we should add - novel, introducing a myriad of artistic illustrations for stamps some of which were used by the government or at least based on his drawings but without credit or acknowledgement and also for his myriad of cacheted covers illustrating contemporary themes that took the collecting world by force. Because he was slighted by the government for his artwork inspiring several postage stamps Roessler became a spokesman for criticism of the U. S. Post Office, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the U. S. Postmaster, all of which eventually backfired on him in the 1930's. Due to his excessively novel and innovative activity in philatelics his numismatic business and dealings unfortunately have become obscured by time and little or scarcely none of his numismatic literature is known to be extant and rarely if ever seen on the market. His weekly bargain list for coins was titled The Coin News which grew out of his original Coin List offering coins at highly competitive bargain prices. One aspect of Roessler's coin business that will prove to be noteworthy to numismatists was his advertising and promoting medals and commemorative coins and his illustrated cacheted covers of them that popularized them to a new generation of collectors. Commemorative coins were not exclusive to centennial, bicentennial and tricentennial celebrations since stamps were also issued and Roessler pioneered and innovated the cacheted first day cover concept to stimulate collectors to collect both the stamps, covers, and coins and medals that accompanied them in their issues. For the medal and commemorative collector, scholar and dealer Roessler played an important role in helping to establish a stronger market for this specialized niche. Moreover, he evidently did business with Henry Chapman as several pieces of mail are found in the Lupia Numismatic Library, Special Collection, The Chapman Family Correspondence Archive. It may be too difficult to hunt for them since there are 27,000 pieces of mail stored in over 325 binders, but when found they will be posted here. He owned a stamp and coin shop in the Ampere section of East Orange, New Jersey. The shop was taken over by Frank Gerardo Spadone (1924-2000), who may have worked for Roessler at the end of his career or else it was his brother John Gerardo Spadone. John Spadone (1922-2010) is famous as the creator and originator of The Coin Press in 1955, while Frank Spadone is the numismatist famed for his specialization in coin oddities of misstrikes and both author and publisher of Major Variety-Oddity Guide of United States Coins. Under Spadone's ownership the shop was known as Ampere Coins since stamp sales were discontinued by him though he had what was left of Roesslers hoard hoping someone would come and buy the lot. Some of the coin and medal inventory of Roessler was still there in the late 1950's and early 1960's of fond memory of this writer, and included ancient and U. S. Colonial coins, among them Fugio, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York Cents, as well as Washington pieces, and a variety of American and foreign medals. I remember Spadone talking about Roessler and his arrests and the Federal agents that came into the shop and seized everything. 




                      He was born in Newark New Jersey on April 7, 1884, son of Austrian-German ancestry of both parents, Albert Roessler, Sr. (1859-1890), a native of New Jersey, and Emma Katherine Erb (1858-), a native of Connecticut.  The family name in German is spelled Rössler, or Rößler. His paternal grandfather was Johann Rössler a native of Vienna, Austria, and his wife Mathilda a native of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. According to the U.S. Census 1900 his mother remarried in 1893 after the death of his father to John Mulcahy. They lived on Mt. Prospect Street, Newark, New Jersey. He became hooked on stamps and coins at the age of ten, and later on specialized as a First Day Cover (FDC) cachet maker and servicer for most of his entire career.  He was a talented artist illustrator and cartoonist and published in Cartoons Magazine. He used his artistic skills to create many illustrations for his three main publications : A. C. Roessler's Stamp News, Stamp Dealers News, and Air Plane Stamp News, as well as a myriad of illustrated cacheted first and second day covers. While living with his parents at 140 South [now called the Oraton] Parkway, East Orange N. J., he moved to Colorado as a young man, first working in the mines and on a ranch. (Newton, 1977, p. 99). 
Fig. 3. Roessler's imprint ad for his three publications : A. C. Roessler's Stamp NewsDealers' Stamp News [actual title : A. C. Roessler's Stamp News, Dealers' Edition], and Air Plane Stamp News. Eugene Klein of Philadelphia first published Air Mail in 1922 five years before Roessler's Airplane Stamp News. Dealers' Stamp News, is listed in Smith as No. 20, A . C. Roessler's Stamp News, Dealers' Edition

1903 - 1908 - The Denver Years

He was trained as an artist at the Evening Drawing School, now called the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts. After graduation we find him first listed in the  Ballenger & Richards 31st Annual Denver City Directory for 1903  as a printer’s apprentice to the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Times.  While in Denver he ran a mail order stamp business, and wrote columns and advertised his bargain stamp products in The Stamp Journal of Denver and Philatelic West.    


A. C. Roessler's very first advertisement in The Philatelic West and Camera News, Vol. 22, No. 2, February (1903) : 5th leaf recto after front cover. Lupia has gone through every page of every issue for the two years prior and confirms this to be the first appearance in that publication.


In 1905, according to the New Jersey State Census, he lived at 72 Mt. Prospect Avenue, Newark, New Jersey, working for a newspaper. Apparently, he moved or returned to Denver sometime that year since we find him there listed as a founding member of the Denver Stamp Club organized on December 13, 1905.  The minutes of the January 1908 Club meeting state that a photographer for the Denver Republican took a Club photo that was published in the February issue of the Illustrated Sunday Magazine of the Denver Republican.  The photo is reproduced in Newton, 1977, at p. 108. The photo certainly includes Roessler, who was present at the January 1908 Club meeting, but he had a passion for anonymity, and never allowed another photo of himself to surface.  (In 1913, Roessler drew a cartoon of himself showing only the back of his head, and published it in the December 1913, A. C. Roessler's The Stamp News, with a humorous note saying it was in response to readers asking him to publish a picture of himself.) Newton noted in 1977 that no one knew what Roessler looked like, sufficiently to identify him in the 1908 Denver Stamp Club photo.  (Id., p. 108). The 5'-11" Roessler weighing 210 pounds would never permit his photograph to be published and no confirmed pictures of him are known.  Dan Barber in his "Via Air Mail" column in Stamp Collector (September 13, 1980), reproduces two photographs which might be those of Roessler. Originally Barry Newton reproduces the  two photographs on page 108 purporting to contain Roessler in group shots. The first one he cites was published in red ink on the cover of Philatelic West, Vol. 20, September (1902). However, Brodstone also published Charles H. Nast's list of names of those in the Denver Stamp Club in "Our Illustrations," and Roessler is not in the photo since everyone is named except him. 

Fig. 4. Roessler is believed by this author to be the next to last man far right back row deduced by his height and age being twenty-five at the time. Denver RepublicanIllustrated Sunday Magazine, page 5, February 23, 1908.

The second is the Senior Stamp Collectors Club of Denver published in The Denver RepublicanIllustrated Sunday Magazine, page 5, February 23, 1908. Roessler is believed by this writer to be the next to last man far right back row deduced by his height and age being twenty-five at the time and seems consistent with the 1929 photo in Air Plane News.

The May 1908 issue of The Stamp Journal in Denver announced that Roessler was leaving his job as President of The Stamp Journal Co., and transferring his stock in the company, to return to full-time residence in New York City.  


1909 - Roessler Begins His Independent Stamp Dealership

1958 Washington Avenue, New York

The April and May 1909 issues of The Stamp Journal  published humorous articles by Roessler on the stamp dealer scene on Nausau Street in New York City – about monopolistic auctions and the appearance of imperforate stamps from the First Bureau Regular Postage Series of 1902-03. On May 1, 1909 Vol. 1 No. 1 of  [A.C. Roessler’s] Stamp News appeared, the first of 209 issues published from 1909 to 1937.  Originally titled simply Stamp News in May 1909 Roessler changed the title in December 1909 prefixing his name to it as A.C. Roessler’s Stamp News. In 1909 in New York, Roessler worked as Manager of the Federal Stamp Co. in the Tribune Building on Nassau St, and lived at 1958 Washington Ave.  (Id., pp. 99-102). In 1909 he was APS Member No. 3086, listed in the American Philatelist Yearbook, and in The Numismatist, September-October, 1909.

He ran a display ad selling U. S. copper coins, and mixed lot of foreign coins in the Philatelic West Vol. 44, No. 1, April 1909 (9th leaf from end)

He applied to the ANA in September and joined the ANA in November 1909 with an address at 1958 Washington Ave. . This is the earliest known numismatic activity of Roessler within the mainstream of American numismatics. From here on we find Roessler involved with the coin and stamp business until he retired in 1940.


Roessler to Gilbert Gaylord Stiles (1850-1913), sent in postal stationery cover uprated postmarked Tremont, New York, February 12, 1910. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.  Write john@numismaticmall.com


1910

 10 and 10-1/2 Clay Street,  Newark, New Jersey

By May 1910 Roessler moved across the river to his native city of Newark, New Jersey, to 10 and 10-1/2 Clay Street, where he resided, dealt in stamps, coins and covers and published A.C. Roessler’s Stamp News.  Roessler was a great enthusiast for variety in covers and printings so he used his address as just such an opportunity and variably printed or wrote his address as 10 Clay Street, and at other times 10 1/2 Clay Street.


He married Elizabeth Ann Koch (1905-1983). He became vice president of the Newark Stamp Club in 1911 and the President in 1914. 



- 1911 -


 Roessler to Lee Tibbals, Kansas City, Kansas, postmarked Newark, New Jersey, July 31, 1911. Tibbals was APS Member No. 2831. Chipped corner has been restored with original fragment. Another 3c Tarjeta Postal (postal card) of a different design from 1911, dated September 7  is plated in Barry Newton on page 107. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale $750. Write john@numismaticmall.com


- 1912 -

ROE-CC4. A. C. Roessler's Stamp News advertising cover classified by Barry Newton as a corner card his illustrated example postmarked August 10, 1912. The design is from an engraving by Christopher J. Strakal dated 1911, when in the employ of Capital Engraving Co., Springfield, Illinois. Above : Roessler correspondence with APS Hall of Fame recipient W. R. Ricketts.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library. For sale $600. Write john@numismaticmall.com


Fig. 7 & 8. Earliest known Roessler cover postmarked Dominican Republic, June 6, 1912. Ex-Kunzer. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library. For sale $600. Write john@numismaticmall.com



Fig. 9 & 10.  Roessler postal stationery cover Scott #U116-U35 = Thorp-Bartels #362 with uprated franking with a very scarce Scott #392, postmarked Guam, June 10, 1912. This is a remarkably early Roessler cover that was originally printed all-over advertising backside for Dashwood Medicine and Chemical Company of Fort Worth, Texas, on Plimpton postal stationery issued 1874-1876. In 1912 this was an antique unused cover some 36 -38 years old when Roessler came upon it and self address rubber stamped it in red ink. Note the right handed Roessler favored the far left side when stamping the rubber stamp leaving the right side with a weaker impression thereby causing the maladroit impression of the address 10 CLAY ST., to appear as if reading 10 CLAY CT.  The C of what seems to be CT., is actually composed of the upper and lower lobes of the S of ST. Apparently, he sent this cover in a larger envelope either to a postmaster at Guam or someone he knew at a military base in Guam and requested they mail it back to him with the Guam postmark. Many dealers used to do this sort of thing to get postmarks they wished to have either for themselves or for a collector/client. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic Library.

Fig. 11. Roessler to Mrs. E. S. Watkins, Vice-President of the State Teacher's Association, Columbia, South Carolina, postmarked Newark, New Jersey, September 30, 1912, uprated Postal Stationery with Scott #413, 1912 Coil 81/2 Perf- Vertical, corner card. 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale $550. Write john@numismaticmall.com


- 1913 -




Fig. 13. Self-addressed stamped business envelope of A. C. Roessler postmarked Honolulu, Hawaii, February 3, 1913, A.M., Flag Cancel - H-14. Special postal marking in violet stamped "Received at Honolulu, Hawaii under cover from the Post Office At Newark, N. J.Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale $475. Write john@numismaticmall.com


 Roessler correspondence with G. C. Norman, a partner in Seevers, Norman & Co., Jewelers. Earliest Roessler Stamp News Graphic Illustrated Advertising Cover with  Roessler's fictitious wife  Roberta Roe, postmarked March 3, 1913, franked with Schermack private vending machine stamp perforations. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale $500. Write john@numismaticmall.com

Fig. Roessler was in charge of the "Coin Department" for Everybody's Philatelist, Volumes 4, No. 8, August, 1913, page 190

Roessler registered mail Dominican Republic franked with overprint Revenue stamp postmarked September 20, 1913. 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale Write john@numismaticmall.com


Roessler registered mail Dominican Republic franked with overprint Revenue stamp postmarked September 20, 1913. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale Write john@numismaticmall.com
- 1914 -



Fig. 14. Roessler postmarked VERACRUZ, Mexico, May 8, 1914. That was just 17 days after USA occupied Veracruz. On April 9th U. S. sailors entered Tampico Bay fueling station and were arrested. President Wilson ordered the U. S. Navy to occupy Veracruz and release the sailors. The cover is franked with a Scott #444 issued April 25th making this an early use. Roessler probably franked this the first day of issue placing it in a larger mailing envelope to the postmaster at Veracruz. The postmark and cancellation were made by a roller self evident in the repetitive CDS and four wavy line killers. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale $450. Write john@numismaticmall.com
 

By December 1914 he had moved his residence and stamp and coin operations into his new home at 140 South Parkway, East Orange, New Jersey.  

Clay Street, Newark is an industrial section of Newark with scattered apartment buildings and overhead apartments. Apparently Rosessler owned his own shop there since he advertised print jobs in various periodicals. Owning a print shop allowed him to print his magazines and envelopes at cost.


- 1915 -

Roessler becomes a U. S. agent/representative for some of the largest European stamp firms

Beginning 1915 Roessler was located at 140 South Parkway East Orange, New Jersey until his retirement, with a minor sub address later.



Roessler's registered post from Belgium postmarked April 11, 1915. For sale $650. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 

Figs. 15 & 16.  Roessler May 3, 1915 corner card with  Roessler's fictitious daughter  Roberta Roe, cinderella A. C. Roessler's Stamp News on back flap. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale $500. Write john@numismaticmall.com

Fig. 17. Roessler's advertisement soliciting to print labels and for a mere 2 cents will send his 40-page catalogue of printing services and rates published in Cartoons Magazine, Vol. 7, No. 5, May (1915) : 6


- 1916 -

            The term "poster stamp" is as it's name suggests a stamp imprinted with the design of a poster that won an award in a poster contest. The City of Newark, New Jersey, for example, for the celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the City 1666-1916 had a Committee of the One Hundred organize in 1915 a poster contest inviting ten internationally known poster artists to compete against any other artist in the public forum who wished to enter the contest. The 1st prize won by Adolph Treidler with the poster No. 56 Robert Treat directing the landing of the Founders of Newark, the 2nd prize, by Helen Dryden, poster No. 19, and 3rd place poster No. 24, by A. E. Foringer became just such poster stamps that were manufactured by the Newark Lithograph Company. 

Roessler reused a pre-printed postal stationery embossed envelope pasting over the imprinted address with a slip of paper writing in the addressee over which he pasted in the upper left corner his return address label used as a corner card to J. Taylor, Huddersfield, England with censor seal during WWI. Back flap sealed with A. E. Foringer's award winning poster stamp for Newark's 250th Anniversary. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale $500. Write john@numismaticmall.com


- 1917 -


A. C. Roessler's Stamp News cinderella circa 1917.


Fig. 18. Roessler 's Stamp News Advertising cover postmarked Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands, May 29, 1917. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale $500. Write john@numismaticmall.com


- 1918 -


Postmark Fox 
Harbor, Nova Scotia February 15, 1918. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. $475


He serviced First Flight Cachets (but not First Day Cachets) on the #C3 24c Airmail issued 5/13/18 for the inauguration of  the US airmail between New York and Washington. In The Stamp News he published an early report of the C3 Inverted Jenny.  Shortly after C3 he founded The Air Plane Stamp News, publishing 167 issues between 1918 and 1938.  He operated his postal printing business operations at 37 So. 8th Street, in the Roseville Section of Newark, and addressed his covers to this address from March 1921 until March 1924, after which he reverted to exclusive use of his home address at 140 South Parkway, East Orange.  (Id., p. 101-106).




ROE-FD-3 Red-Brown, only 12 printed. franked with Scott #C2 Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

ROE-FD-1 Brown, 91 were printed and Barry Newton speculated that others may have been printed in different colors, though none so far have surfaced to my knowledge. If anyone has one printed in a color other than brown please write john@numismaticmall.com. No census of the number of surviving specimens has been made as yet. First flight, 60 days after issue of Scott #C2-AP1 16c green issued July 11, 1918. Note the unusual VIA AER O PLANE, when American spelling was adopted as airplane in 1911. This odd stamp is found on first flight covers posted at the Lock Haven airport on September 9, 1918. Postmarked Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, September 9, 1918, Flag Cancel Dial A14 , Flag Die 17-227. Langford notes the majority of Roessler's first flight covers were posted at Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, and this can be validated in Barry Newton who illustrates this cover with that postmark. This one here was posted instead at Lock Haven, where pilot Max Miller spent the night having flown in from Chicago and Edward Gardner picked up the mail the next day. Also, note the ink bleed on the back of the cover from partially wet inked covers stacked in a pile when Roessler was printing them. The bleed on the back shows features in reverse. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.



Fig. 19. ROE-CC6 A. C. Roessler’s Stamp News, Advertising cover, postmarked Chicago, Illinois, September 9, 1918,  first flight, 60 days after issue of Scott # C2-AP1 16c green issued July 11, 1918. Very early Air Mail before the establishment of the Transcontinental route from Cleveland to Chicago. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. If this were a regular mail cover alone it would be worth from $150 on up.  Early Air Mail covers sell typically $600-$800. This one was bought in Germany. For Sale  $475.00 Write john@numismaticmall.com

Fig. 20. ROE-CC6 This is the actual cover plated in Barry Newton on page 86, franked with Scott #C2 16c green, 
September 9, 1918,Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. Early Air Mail covers sell typically $600-$800. For Sale  $575.00 Write john@numismaticmall.com

Fig. 21. 
ROE-FD3 Roessler "By Airplane Post" cover September 9, 1918, franked with Scott #C2 16c green, addressed to F. A. Howard, Los Angeles, with postal address correction. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $475.00 Write john@numismaticmall.com


Charles L. Schmid of Los Angels, California to Roessler with a cover franked with a strip of 2 Scott #529, #C2, C3. Schmid was a German immigrant who came to America in 1905 at the age of seven with his parents Ludwig and Anna. He worked as a blue printer. 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale

Fig. 22.. Roessler mail from Columbia, South America, with bisected postage. Letter opened by Censor labeled and resealed. Postmarked September 23, 1918. $400. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic 
& Philatelic Library.

Fig. 23 & 24. Roessler, Netherthands Antilles - Curaco, franked with Scott#74 with 5 cent surcharge overprint on 12-1/2 c blue Queen Wilhelmina, postmarked Curaco, October 5, 1918,  double ring black, back hand stamped in magenta double ring "Passed By Censor". Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale $400.


Roessler October 7, 1918.  Cinderella on back flap We Take Subscriptions to Roessler's Stamp News. $400. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Roessler December 18, 1918franked with Scott #C2 16c greenCourtesy Lupia Numismatic LibraryRoessler sent out only twelve of these first flight via Chicago covers franked with Scott C2 issued July 11, 1918. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $475.00 Write john@numismaticmall.com

ROE-CC7 First New York to Chicago airmail flight, December 18, 1918 Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $350.00 Write john@numismaticmall.com


ROE-CC7 First New York to Chicago airmail flight, December 18, 1918 Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $350.00 Write john@numismaticmall.com


ROE-CC7 First New York to Chicago airmail flight, 
December 18, 1918 Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $350.00 Write john@numismaticmall.com

ROE-CC7 First New York to Chicago airmail flight, December 18, 1918,  franked with Scott #468. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. Ex-Samwells of Bath. For Sale  $350.00 Write john@numismaticmall.com


Figs. 29-32. Roessler's Airplane Stamp News (
ROE-CC7) and Winged Letters (ROE-FD2b) postmarked December 18, 1918Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $350.00 Each

ROE-FD2b - AAMC #110, Crash #18.4, Winged Letter postmarked December 18, 1918, sent to P. F. Robertson, Peoria, Illinois. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $350.00

- 1919 -

Fig. 33 A. C. Roessler’s Stamp News, May 1920. In 1919 his address was East Orange, New Jersey; in 1924 his address was 37 South 8th Street, Newark, New Jersey.

Albert C. Roessler’s First Corner Cards were for the #614/616 Huguenot-Walloon Set of 5/1/24.  (#614/616 ROE-1, ROE-2 and ROE-3, in Newton, 1977, p. 5; #614/616-4, -4a & -4b, in Mellone, Planty Vol. I, 1994, pp. 29-30).  The First Roessler Cachets were for #620/621, the Norse-American Set issued 5/18/25 (#620-621 ROE-1 and #620 ROE-2 in Newton, 1977,  pp. 6-7; #620/21-1 and -9, in Mellone, Planty Vol. I, 1994, pp. 37-38; Monty et al., First Cachets Revealed, 2006, p. 6).  There are no known Roessler FDCs, either manufactured or serviced, for the #617/619 Set (3) Lexington-Concord, issued 4/4/25. (Newton,1977, p. 7; Mellone, Planty Vol. I, 1994, pp. 33-36).  The First Pictorial Roessler Cachet was the #623-1 17c Woodrow Wilson issued 12/28/25. (Mellone, Planty Vol. I, 1994, p. 41; Newton, 1977, pp. 8-9).  As a printer, Roessler also produced and sold to other FDC Cachet makers and Servicers as well as the general public, many varieties of distinctive air envelopes, beginning with the Roessler double-bar envelope on 3/20/25, two types of “barber-pole” air envelopes in 1928, and three types of “checkered” air envelopes in 1929-1930 (Newton, 1977, pp. 3-4).  The #620-9 and #620 ROE-2 cited above have a printed advertisement for Roessler envelopes on the back. (Mellone, Planty Vol. I, 1994, p. 38; Newton, 1977, p. 7).


Fig. 34. ROE-CC7 Roessler May 24, 1919 Air Plane Stamp News franked with Scott #C1 Orange-Brown due to oxidation of ink batch, first Cleveland to Chicago airmail flight. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $350.00

A. C. Roessler self addressed stamped envelope sent from St. John's Newfoundland, Canada postmarked 
June 11, 1919 Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 

ROE-FD2a Roessler July 15, 1919 Winged Letters cachet in myrtle green, franked with Scott #C1 Red Orange due to oxidation of ink batch, to young stamp collector Philip Ashenfelder, Asbury Park, New Jersey.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

ROE-FD2a Roessler July 16, 1919 Winged Letters cachet in myrtle green, franked with Scott #C1 Red Orange due to oxidation of ink batch, to young stamp collector Philip Ashenfelder, Asbury Park, New Jersey.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


ROE-FD2b Roessler Air Mail postmarked Chicago, Illinois, August 16, 1919, franked with a rare Schermack vending machine stamp with a mimic Doane 4-Bar killer. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.
Roessler from England postmarked Leeds, August 30, 1919Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $175.00


ROE-FD2b August 7, 1919, Yellow-Orange  Winged Letter printed in Yellow ink, improperly franked for airmail rate with Scott #482 Washington 2c carmine coil imperforated type I, with Schermack Type III perf, Mimic Doane 4-Bar cancel. Compare to James S. Cline Collection Private Vending Machine Coils, Daniel F. Kelleher Auction, March 5, 2014, lot 187. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $325.00

Roessler postmarked Kingston, Jamaica  September 10, 1919Courtesy Lupia Numismatic 
& Philatelic Library. For Sale  $225.00


- 1920 -

ROE-FD2a Winged Letter postmarked August 16, 1920franked with Scott #C1 Red Orange due to oxidation of ink batch, and reposted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of commercial flight on March 19, 1976, postmarked Chicago, Illinois. Very unusual and rare. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. $300

Overprint revalued postage Three Cents, St. John's Newfoundland, September 18, 1920Courtesy Lupia Numismatic 
& Philatelic Library. For Sale  $225.00


ROE-FD2a Overprint revalued postage Three Cents, St. John's Newfoundland, September 18, 1920, on Green Printed Winged Letter. . Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $275.00


- 1921 -

ROE CC9, New York February 17, 1921, from Cuxhagen February 19, 1921 to Berlin, Germany. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $275.00
ROE CC9, New York February 17, 1921, from Cuxhagen February 19, 1921 to Berlin, Germany. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 

Roessler's advertisement renting commercial space at 37 South 8th Street, Newark, New Jersey. New York Times, Thursday, April 28, 1921, page 28
Roessler's post card received from the King Albert I's Belgian Philatelic Exposition May 26-29, 1921, Palais d'Egmont.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 
Roessler, First Flight Cover between Kansas City, Missouri to Ohaha, Nebraska, winged US hand-stamp in purple AMERICAN LEGION NATIONAL CONVENTION Kansas City, October 31, 1921Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $275.00

- 1922-

A. C. Roessler would have made a great continuity editor for the film 
industry. His review of Island Wives (Vitagraph Company of America, released March 1922) pointed out several flaws to logic by director Webster Campbell. What is curious is the Kansas newspaper carrying his film review. 

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- 1924 -


614-16 ROE-3. FDC Huguenot-Walloon 1c, 2c, 5c  issues franked on A.C. Roessler's business envelope with address to Roseville, Newark, New Jersey, postmarked New Rochelle, New York, May 1, 1924Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  

614-16 ROE-3. FDC Huguenot-Walloon 1c, 2c, 5c  issues franked on A.C. Roessler's business envelope advertising corner card "Printers for Cleaners & Dyers" on very Art Deco pink tinted paper with text in black ink. Barry Newton described this envelope not as pink, which it is, but rather, as light rose. Only five of these were ever franked as FDC's, with postmarks of either New York or Reading, Pennsylvania. From this cover we learn four things : (1) Roessler liked the First Day Cover craze among collectors creating an opportunity to be capitalized on by producing them for clientele. Although not yet cacheted he provided his own branding using his business stationery. (2) We learn about his printing business targeted to the dry cleaning and dying industry. (3) We learn about his avant-garde artistic inclination with his very Art Deco pink and black business envelope and his sense of design in the typography and layout. (4) We learn of yet another business address and time span at 37 South 8th Street, Newark, New Jersey. Barry Newton (page 85) mentions this address but says "Roessler used  37 South 8th Street, Newark, address from March, 1921, to March, 1924." However, we see this very first FDC bears that same address with a postmark, May 1, 1924, bringing that period for the address two months further in time. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  

Fig. Roessler U. S. Government Flight - Democratic National Convention, postmarked June 24, 1924 Service Marking : Delayed for Directory Service;  pointing hand Return to Sender.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $175.00


The first ever Coast to Coast Airmail Flight, July 2, 1924, franked with Scott #C4 AP2 8c dark green. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $175.00

First Roessler Zeppelin ZR3 Flight Cachet

ROE FZ-2Note Sieger 20.a lists this as a cachet made not by Roessler , but rather, by George H. Jaeger, Editor of 'The Airpost Stamp', Libau, Latvia. It is clear that Roessler made this cachet and sold Jaeger a batch printed with his name at the bottom to send as branded items celebrating the maiden voyage of ZR3 for his clientele.  The Sieger editors made an error claiming Jaeger prepared this as a commemorative cachet. Obviously, no infractions against Roessler are known in copyright violation for his continued use of this cachet and those years later of this modified for later Zeppelin designs. No case ever surfaced in philatelic literature as an infringement lawsuit. Jaeger and Roessler both published early aerophilatelic magazines and very likely were in constant communication.


ROE FZ-2Sieger 20.a Roessler ZR3 Cachet imprint on postcard. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

ROE FZ-2. LZ126-ZR3. Friedrichshafen - Lakehurst Delivery : Friederichshafen, September 15, 1924, Friedrichshafen, October 10, 1924, - New York, October 14, 1924, Brooklyn, New York, October 15, 1924,  sent to R. Amort, Brooklyn, New York. The purple oval Mit Luftschiff Z. R. 3 befördert is the official German Post Office cachet. Roessler for Jaeger Zeppelin LZ126 or LZ R3, cachet in dark blue, From Editor "The Airpost StampGeorge H. Jaeger, Libau, Latvia, postmarked September 15, 1924, franked with Scott #C20 (2), #C22 (2), and #C23.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


ROE FZ-2. LZ126-ZR3. Friedrichshafen - Lakehurst Delivery : Friederichshafen, September 15, 1924, Friedrichshafen, October 10, 1924, - New York, October 14, 1924, Brooklyn, New York, October 15, 1924,  sent to R. Amort, Brooklyn, New York. The purple oval Mit Luftschiff Z. R. 3 befördert is the official German Post Office cachet. Roessler for Jaeger Zeppelin LZ126 or LZ R3, cachet in dark blue, From Editor "The Airpost StampGeorge H. JaegerLibau, Latvia, postmarked September 15, 1924, franked with Scott #C20 (2), #C22 (2), and #C23.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

ROE FZ-2Z-R3.  LZ126-ZR3. Friedrichshafen - Lakehurst Delivery : Friederichshafen, September 15, 1924, Friedrichshafen, October 10, 1924, - New York, October 14, 1924, Brooklyn, New York, October 15, 1924,  sent to R. Amort, Brooklyn, New York. The purple oval Mit Luftschiff Z. R. 3 befördert is the official German Post Office cachet. Roessler for Jaeger Zeppelin LZ126 or LZ R3, cachet in dark blue, From Editor "The Airpost StampGeorge H. JaegerLibau, Latvia, postmarked September 15, 1924, franked with Scott #C20 (2), #C22 (2), and #C23.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.



ROE FZ-2Z-R3.  Note the cachet is not with the text From Editor "The Airpost StampGeorge H. Jaeger, Libau, Latvia, since the cover is reduced at the bottom.  The purple oval Mit Luftschiff Z. R. 3 befördert is the official German Post Office cachet. Roessler Zeppelin Cachet in medium/light Bluegreen, LZ R3, postmarked September 15, 1924. sent to R. Amort, Brooklyn, New York.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


        Roessler's training in art at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts provided him with the knowledge and skill requisite to designing his own typography. Largely, all the typography on Roessler covers are his own designs. In the early 1920's Roessler designed his own sans serif in square type style which anticipated the 1925 International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts held in Paris. Roessler's early Art Deco typography is emblazoned in very large letters on his return address business envelopes. These covers offer an amazing treat to serious collectors allowing them to appreciate a dimension of Roessler frequently overlooked, his creative and artistic genius producing avant-garde designs gracing his covers with their distinctive Roessleresque chic look. The letter A looks like a number 7 with a reversed F. Their is something reminiscent to the distinctive A in the signature of Albrecht Durer only here rendered by Roessler in his own Art Deco flair.
        The form his name took on these return address envelopes was A. C. Roessler, a trade name that begins with the first letter of the alphabet A. This empowered his company name to appear in the top of alphabetical lists in directories. This desire to come first in a directory gave businesses obvious advantages allowing customers to come across their name first. Consequently his branding himself and his firm as : "A.C. Roessler," provided a few advantages and a certain form of distinction. 

Orville Wright Day, Dayton, Ohio, October 2, 1924 franked with Scott #C4 AP2 8c dark green. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $150.00


On November 14, 1924, The Daily Postal Bulletin announced the the Double Bar Air Mail Envelope.

Addressed to Airplane Stamp News, Scott #86 1898 Christmas Stamp, strip of 2 Half-Cent Victoria. postmarked Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 17, 1924. 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale

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ROE CC-11 Black. postmarked Varick Street Station, New York, February 18, 1925, Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library . 


ROE CC-11 Black. postmarked Varick Street Station, New York, February 18, 1925, Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library . 



The design of the Wresters has a frame based on Greek Doric order architecture taken from Brodstone's cover design for his magazine Philatelic West that appeared from January 1907 to January 1911. One wonders if Roessler is making an allusion to a wrestling match of sorts he was having with Lewis Brodstone.


March 20. 1925 is the Earliest Known Use (EKU) of Roessler's Double Bar Air Mail Envelope bearing a postmark of this date.

Barry Newton lists only six varieties of the Double Bar envelopes. Other varieties are shown here below. Generally, Roessler's Double Bar's are wide and heavy and wrap around the front to the back to one extent or another. He had different print runs of these and some batches show the wrap-around is entire, while other runs are just to the edge. Obvious variants to those shown in Newton have lighter and more attenuated bars, which frequently do not go to the side edges of the front but fall short leaving a quarter inch gap or more on each side. Some of this seventh type or variety have their own design for an air mail corner card either boxed or not and in blue, black, or red. Other variants are non blue and red bars but of the same color matte blue.

Scarce Cachet Via Los Angeles/ Air Mail/ Via Air Mail/ By Airship/ Los Angeles/ From Lakehurst, N. J./ To Porto Rico. Sieger 20N. New York to Bermuda, postmarked Air Mail Service CDS with 4-Bar killer in bright red ink, New York, April 15, 1925, and Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, May 5, 1925. $175. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Scarce Cachet Via Los Angeles/ Air Mail/ Via Air Mail/ By Airship/ Los Angeles/ From Lakehurst, N. J./ To Porto Rico. Sieger 20N. New York to Bermuda, postmarked Air Mail Service CDS with 4-Bar killer in bright red ink, New York, April 15, 1925, and Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, May 5, 1925. $175. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Scarce Cachet Via Los Angeles/ Air Mail/ Via Air Mail/ By Airship/ Los Angeles/ From Lakehurst, N. J./ To Porto Rico. Sieger 20N. New York to Bermuda, postmarked Air Mail Service CDS with 4-Bar killer in bright red ink, New York, April 15, 1925, and Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, May 5, 1925. $175. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


Cachet Via Los Angeles/ Air Mail/ Via Air Mail/ By Airship/ Los Angeles/ From Lakehurst, N. J./ To Porto Rico. New York to Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, postmarked Air Mail Service CDS with 4-Bar killer in bright red ink, New York, April 27, 1925, and 
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, May 5, 1925, franked with Scott #595 Superb rich and intense deep carmine. Rare.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. $700

620-21 ROE-1 FDC : Roessler's First FDC cover Norse-American Centennial Celebration, May 18, 1925, Planty #1, postmarked Deborah, Iowa, May 18, 1925, franked with Scott #620 + #621. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $275.00



 620-21 ROE-1 FDC : Roessler's First FDC cover Norse-American Centennial Celebration, May 18, 1925, Planty #1, postmarked Washington, D.C., May 18, 1925, franked with Scott #620 + #621. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $275.00

First Experimental Flight New York - Chicago, Over Night Airmail, Test Flight, June 5, 1925, franked with Scott #C4 AP2 8c dark green. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $150.00


Seattle, Washington - Victoria, British Columbia Via Sea Plane, postmarked July 26, 1925Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 


Left edge : Signed in red ink By S.S. Pres. McKinley; Purple rubber stamped service marking :Seattle Victoria Seaplane Mail ,   Black rubber stamped service marking : "Seattle, Wash. Seaplane Mail Victoria, B. C." Seattle Wash., Terminal Stamp., August 6, 1925, 10 AM, franked with Scott #618 A182 Lexington Concord Issue 2c Carmine Rose  Birth of Liberty - April 4, 1925Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $150.00

ROE-CC. Roessler Unlisted Corner Card, Left edge : Signed in red ink By S.S. Pres. McKinley; Purple rubber stamped service marking :Seattle Victoria Seaplane Mail ,   Purple rubber stamped service marking : "Seattle, Wash. Seaplane Mail Victoria, B. C." Seattle Wash., Terminal Stamp., August 19, 1925, 10 AM, franked with Scott #618 A182 Lexington Concord Issue 2c Carmine Rose  Birth of Liberty - April 4, 1925. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $150.00

ROE-CC. Roessler Unlisted Corner Card, Left edge : Signed in red ink By S.S. Pres. McKinley; Purple rubber stamped service marking :Seattle Victoria Seaplane Mail ,   Purple rubber stamped service marking : "Seattle, Wash. Seaplane Mail Victoria, B. C." Seattle Wash., Terminal Stamp., August 19, 1925, 10 AM, franked with Scott #618 A182 Lexington Concord Issue 2c Carmine Rose  Birth of Liberty - April 4, 1925. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $150.00

Sea Plane post 
postmarked Victoria, Nova Scotia, September 21, 1925. This cover is somewhat controversial among the Canadian philatelists. Many hold the red rectangle with 1st Trip is a Roessler invention, and some believe the CDS VIA SEA PLANE is bogus. Recent research has vindicated the CDS. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.



Sea Plane post postmarked Victoria, Nova Scotia, September 21, 1925. This cover is somewhat controversial among the Canadian philatelists. Many hold the red rectangle with 1st Trip is a Roessler invention, and some believe the CDS VIA SEA PLANE is bogus. Recent research has vindicated the CDS. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Sea Plane post postmarked Victoria, Nova Scotia, September 21, 1925. This cover is somewhat controversial among the Canadian philatelists. Many hold the red rectangle with 1st Trip is a Roessler invention, and some believe the CDS VIA SEA PLANE is bogus. Recent research has vindicated the CDS. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


ROE-AE-10-30-1925. Roessler American Escadrille Cachet, postmarked October 30, 1925. Above : Memo from A. C. Roessler to Lodigiani informing him only 17 of these were produced and mailed. Very Rare. 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

London stamp dealer Alex Kaleva correspondence with A. C. Roessler, postmarked November 9, 1925. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Sea Plane post postmarked Victoria, Nova Scotia, November  12, 1925.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


Fig. A.C. Roessler label pasted over preprinted advertising postal stationery cover, uprated with brown 1/2 cent Nathan Hale, addressed to Philatelist William McFarlan,  Downington, Pennsylvania, postmark December 19, 1925Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $125.00

623 ROE-3. FDC Roessler double bar No. 2  envelope, 9th month of use. FDC 17c Wilson, Airmail Night Flight, postmarked New York, December 28, 1925.

623 ROE-3 variant. FDC Roessler unlisted double bar envelope, 9th month of use. FDC 17c Wilson, Airmail Night Flight, postmarked New York, December 28, 1925. sent to Raymond Bahr, Springfield, Illinois. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $85.00

623-ROE-1. FDC first Roessler pictorial or photo-cachet, and first ever for American FDC's. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale 

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622 ROE-1. FDC postmarked Washington DC, January 11, 1926, franked with Scott #622 A186, 13c green Benjamin Harrison. 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic  Library.

First Flight Ford Feeder Lines on Roessler double bar envelope Type 6 variant, postmarked February 15, 1926 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic  Library.

Fig. British Colony, Grand Cayman Islands, February 17, 1926, franked with SG #58, 59, 60 overprint War Tax Stamp with revaluation. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic 
& Philatelic Library. For Sale  $175.00

Elliott-Fairchild Air Service private postage stamps, one inverted on sheet of eight (8) and one cover addressed to A. C. Roe. Ex-Michael Rogers. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale $1,500.

Roessler double bar envelope No. 6, postmarked  Charlevoix, Michigan, April 12, 1926
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Star Route postmarked Charlevoix, Michigan (Beaver Island), April 27, 1926, Scott #599 coil 2c Carmine, "Via Airplane" label, Roessler Corner Card, 
backstop Saint James, Beaver Island. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

ROE-CC12 used as (627 ROE-1) FDC Sesquicentennial Exposition Cancel on Scott #627, postmarked Washington, D. C., May 10, 1926, on Air Plane  Stamp News cachet. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


ROE-CC12 used as (627 ROE-1) FDC Sesquicentennial Exposition Cancel on Scott #627, postmarked Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 10, 1926, on Air Plane  Stamp News cachet. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

ROE-CC12 used as (627 ROE-1) FDC Sesquicentennial Exposition Cancel on Scott #627, postmarked Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 10, 1926, on Air Plane  Stamp News cachet. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

ROE-CC12 used as (627 ROE-1) FDC Sesquicentennial Exposition Cancel on Scott #627, postmarked Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 10, 1926, on Air Plane  Stamp News cachet. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

ROE-CC12 used as (627 ROE-1) FDC Sesquicentennial Exposition Cancel on Scott #627, postmarked Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 10, 1926, on Air Plane  Stamp News cachet. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


628 ROE-1. FDC Ericsson postmarked Chicago, Illinois, May 29, 1926, franked with Scott #628, 5c Ericsson. 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Fig. 
Barry Newton Double Bar No. 5 Air Mail Envelope : Hartford Connecticut - Boston to New York First Flight Inaugurating Contract Air Mail, July 1, 1926, franked with Scott #C7 AP5 with guide line on left edge. Roessler began issuing his double bar postal envelopes on March 20, 1925. He had six varieties and these have been classified and catalogued by Barry Newton. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library For Sale  $60


Fig. Barry Newton Double Bar No. 5 Air Mail Envelope : July 6, 1926, Commemorative Cacheted Air Mail cover serviced by Roessler, Sesquicentennial Air Route First Trip July 4th, 1926, Philadelphia to Washington, front franked with Scott #627 Liberty Bell +  #C7, on back 
Scott #C7, Sesquicentennial International Exposition cancel. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 
For Sale  $150.00


Roessler double bar No. 4, First Flight Bakersfield, California, 
postmarked September 15, 1926.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 


Fig. Roessler to cachet maker Al Gorham, Washington, D. C. September 16, 1926, 2c due + strip of two Scott #544. . Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale  $125.00

Fig. Roessler special Trial Flight Fonk's Plane on cacheted Sesquicentennial Air Route cover, Floyd Bennett Guggenheim Tour Cover, postmarked Washington DC, October 7, 1926, front franked with Scott #E12 grey violet and strip of two Scott #578; back postmarked Chicago, Illinois, October 21, 1926, Scott #554. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale $150.


629 ROE-2 with ROE CDS Cachet dated October 22, 1926 in black ink, postmarked New York, International Philatelic Exhibition Station October 18, 1926. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

629 ROE-2 with ROE CDS Cachet dated October 22, 1926 in magenta ink, postmarked New York, International Philatelic Exhibition Station October 18, 1926. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

ROE CDS Cachet postmarked October 18, 1926 in magenta ink. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. Scott #629 2c Battle of White Plains with plate number #18770.
The #629 2c White Plains issued 10/18/26 was Roessler’s First “Stamplike” Cachet, featuring distinctive enlarged perforation framing a picture of a stamp.  (#629-9 in Mellone, Planty Vol. I, 1994, p. 55; 629 ROE-1 and ROE-2 in Newton, 1977, p. 11).  This Cachet had original artwork by Roessler inside the perforation frame that Roessler had published in The Stamp News as a proposed design for the new White Plains issue.  The cachet picture duplicates the “U.S. Postage” words, and the face of the cachet states that ”Cut shows rejected design.” During the early 1930s, Roessler continued the  practice of printing FDC Cachets with artwork resembling the announced design, eliminating, however, the prohibited “U.S. Postage” words.  His cachet for the #704-715 Washington Bicentennial Series featured an enlarged engraving of young Washington’s portrait lifted exactly from the  #703 Yorktown stamp’s engraving of Washington.  Bad blood between the Post Office Department and Roessler fomented with Roessler’s continuing to claim prior design of U.S. stamps, publishing uncomplimentary articles about the Post Office Department, and producing cartoon-like cachets that appeared insulting because they parodied official Post Office Department designs.  The Post Office Department refused to mail most of Roessler’s original cachets for the #724-8 3c William Penn and the #725-29 Daniel Webster, both issued 10/24/32. Roessler produced censored versions that eliminated the perforated border and the phrase “Use Air Mail.” (#724-9, Mellone, Planty Vol. I, 1994, p. 98, and ROE-2 in Newton, 1977, pp. 49-50; #725-30 in Mellone, Planty Vol II, 1995, and ROE in Newton, 1977, p. 51)



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FDC Uniform 10 Cent Rate Air Mail, Blue & Red Stripes or Bars Design Air Mail Envelope (Barry Newton Double Bar No. 4 Air Mail Envelope ), lower corner card, postmarked Oklahoma City, February 1, 1927, franked with Scott #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map Stamp. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

FDC Uniform 10 Cent Rate Air Mail, Blue & Red Stripes or Bars Design Air Mail Envelope (Barry Newton Double Bar No. 4 Air Mail Envelope ), lower corner card, magenta rubber stamped "First Day New Rates" with printed Harry E. Klotzbach, P. O. Box 862, Buffalo, N. Y., postmarked Boise, Idaho, February 1, 1927, franked with Scott #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map Stamp. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

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Fig. 15. Stamp dealer and philatelic writer and columnist Philip Ward mailer to A. C. Roessler franked with 19 cent air mail rate postmarked Philadelphia, registered mail, February 21, 1927Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale $200. Write john@numismaticmall.com



U. S. Navy Plane Flight - Key West to Habana, Cuba - Possible FAM 4 PAA route survey flight for resumed service - Barry Newton Double Bar No. 4 Air Mail Enveloperare and unusual, postmarked Key West, Florida, March 14, 1927, and Habana, Cuba, April 18. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library. $375


Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.
Fig. 18-19. Roessler's prankish double sided cover. Front side a mimic air mail cover "Letter carried by Sir Bunk de Bunk From Newark to Philadelphia Via the Plane The Steam Roller" franked with a nicely centered Scott #554-A157, postmarked East Orange, N. J., March 26, 1927. Back side self stamped addressed to A. C. Roessler, franked with Scott #627-A188, Liberty Bell Sesquicentennial Exposition carmine rose 2c. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


Flight Cover CAM 11N4, magenta flight cachet on Roessler double bar airmail envelope, Cleveland - Pittsburgh Route, postmarked April 21, 1927 Scott #C4 8c dark green, Airplane Radiator & Wooden Propeller,  #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map Stamp. Rare - Roessler cinderella Air Mail on back flap.  Rare- Raymond V. Bahr rubber stamped. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. $175


Barry Newton Double Bar No. 4 Air Mail Envelope, CAM 11N2, Cleveland- Pittsburgh Route, Youngstown, Ohio, April 21, 1927, strip of 5 Scott#546 A140 rotary carmine rose type III. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. $1,500

Block of four- Western Canada Airways Limited, May 1, 1927. 
Ex-Michael Rogers. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. $200

Roessler Event Cachet, All America Aircraft Display Bolling Field May 2-6, 1927, P. O. Sub Station Washington, D. C. postmarked Washington, D. C., May 2, 1927, franked with 
Sesquicentennial 2c. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 

Roessler Event Cachet, All America Aircraft Display Bolling Field May 2-6, 1927, P. O. Sub Station Washington, D. C. postmarked Washington, D. C., May 3, 1927, franked with Sesquicentennial 2c. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 

Western Canada Airways Initial Flight, May 10, 1927, on Roessler Double Bar No. 4, with Graphic Illustrated Corner Card, franked with Canadian stamps, postmarked Red Lake, Ontario, Canada, May 10, 1927Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 


c10 ROE-1 variant. Roessler Double Bar Envelope Type No. 5 with cachet over-stamp Lindbergh Day Special Flight Washington to New York, postmarked  June 11, 1927, franked with Scott #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map Stamp, sent to E. Strasser, Cleveland, Ohio.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 


American Booklovers Society (ABS) patented Lindbergh Tribute Seals depicting his mother Evangeline Lindbergh "The Mother of A Hero" and Captain Charles A. Lindbergh - New York to Paris May 20-21 - 1927. Roessler used these to decorate his commemorative covers celebrating Lindbergh's first transatlantic flight. He also photographed canceled covers with these and printed a post card advertising circular announcing a lay-away plan to purchase one with merely a $5 deposit paying over time. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Chamberlin ship-to-shore coverRoessler Commemorative ABS Cinderella Celebrating the first New York to Paris, World's Hero, Captain Charles A. Lindbergh, May 10-11, 1927, postmarked Detroit, Michigan,  June 11, 1927Barry Newton Double Bar No. 4 Air Mail Envelope, Scott #C4 8c dark green Air Mail Map Stamp + Scott #583 2c carmine deep.  Clarence Chamberlin made the second historic flight aboard Columbia with co-pilot Levine on June 7, 1927, from Roosevelt Field to Helfta, Germany, intended for Berlin. They land in Berlin on June 7, 1927. Roessler began producing the new covers celebrating this historic and exciting event. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


Roessler Red Arrow Air Mail cover as that found on ROE-FG2 with Lindbergh Tribute Seals postmarked Detroit, Michigan,  June 18, 1927, ex-Samwells of Bath. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


Chamberlin ship-to-shore coverRoessler Commemorative ABS Cinderella Celebrating the first New York to Paris, World's Hero, Captain Charles A. Lindbergh, May 10-11, 1927, postmarked Detroit, Michigan,  June 18, 1927Barry Newton Double Bar No. 4 Air Mail Envelope, Scott #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map Stamp.  Clarence Chamberlin made the second historic flight aboard Columbia with co-pilot Levine on June 7, 1927, from Roosevelt Field to Helfta, Germany, intended for Berlin. They land in Berlin on June 7, 1927. Roessler began producing the new covers celebrating this historic and exciting event. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Chamberlin ship-to-shore coverRoessler Commemorative with ABS Cinderella Celebrating the first New York to Paris, World's Hero, Captain Charles A. Lindbergh, May 10-11, 1927, postmarked Little Falls, Minnesota,  June 18, 1927Barry Newton Double Bar No. 4 Air Mail Envelope, Scott #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map Stamp.  Clarence Chamberlin made the second historic flight aboard Columbia with co-pilot Levine on June 7, 1927, from Roosevelt Field to Helfta, Germany, intended for Berlin. They land in Berlin on June 7, 1927. Roessler began producing the new covers celebrating this historic and exciting event. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


Roessler's Lindbergh Post Card - Note postmark on photograph on post card is July 31, 1927, showing a full month of creating these. The post card probably was produced first week go August, 1927.  "Why Don't You Do It?" "I would like to have one of the Chamberlin ship-to-shore covers, but as my stamp appropriation permits me to have only $5.00 a week I would like to know if you will put aside a cover and let me pay for it as the rate mentioned?" F. R. R., N.Y. City. Why yes, we are glad to help any collector that way. Just send us initial payment and we will send you the cover and you can pay thereafter at the terms most convenient to you. We realize that $30.00 is a pretty big price but out plan makes it possible for everybody who really wants the cover to have it. Send $5.00. We trust you for the balance! Anything we can do to help you. A. C. Roessler. Scarce. Three in stock in Mint Condition. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

U.S.S. Leviathan, Off Fire Island, postmarked July 31, 1927. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


Roessler Ship to Shore carried by Clarence Chamberlain from U S Leviathanon double bar envelope Type 4 postmarked July 31, 1927, franked with Scott #629 2c Battle of White Plains, and Scott #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map Stamp, addressed to F. H. Vallancey {Francis Hugh Vallancey (1879-1950) President of the London Stamp Club) c/o A. C. Roessler.  This cover is from a batch of 600 of which half were destroyed sent by Roessler that received the NY postmark and backstopped August 1, 1927 Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, as cited in his book Standard Historical Souvenir Airmail Catalog, 9-1, cat price as per Roessler circa 1932 = $30. Of the 300 Roessler conserved - no census has been made of how many survived as of 2019. F. H. Vallancey was a prominent English stamp dealer and philatelic publisher. This cover was purchased at Rochester, Kent, England.

Washington, D. C. to Albany, New York, postmarked August 3, 1927, Washington, D. C., franked with 2c Saratoga. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


Postmarked Rome, New York.
644 ROE-1,  First Day Burgoyne Stamp Cachet, postmarked August 3, 1927 franked with commemorative celebration of the Surrender of General Burgoyne at Saratoga. Postmarked Syracuse, New York. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


Scott #643 2 cent Vermont Sesquicentennial, August 3, 1927, plate #19036. FDC Postmarked Washington, D.C., August 3, 1927. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


643 
ROE-1, Vermont Sesquicentennial, August 3, 1927. FDC Postmarked Bennington, Vermont, August 3, 1927. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Fig.  643 ROE-1, Roessler Second Day Cover cachet of the Vermont Sesquicentennial Official Medal, franked with a Scott #643 2 cent Vermont, postmarked New York, New York, August 4, 1927, 8:30 P. M. This was mailed on his way back home from Bennington and Montpelier, Vermont where he mailed two varieties of these envelopes on August 3rd as First Day Covers. (See Barry Newton, No. 643, page 15). Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. Estimate $75-$150. Write john@numismaticmall.com

Roessler subscribed to the journal 
Briefmarken-Rundschau Commercial cover imprint Schweiz. Briefmarken-Rundschau, Basel-Birsfelden (Schweiz) Grenzach (Baden). Briefmarke: Deutsches Reich, Friedrich Schiller, 1926, 5 Pfennig, gestempelt. Postmarked 14 August, 1927. Stamped Drucksache "Business Letter" Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


C10 ROE-SP1, Roessler's Double Bar envelope variant Air Mail Stamp News - Special Flight Lindberg Day cachet, August 15, 1827, franked with Scott #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map Stamp.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


Roessler's Double Bar envelope variant - Special Flight Lindberg Day CAMA 2 cachet, August 15, 1827, franked with Scott #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map Stamp, and on back American Booklovers Society's patented Lindbergh Tribute Seal.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Fig. 24.  Roessler's ad for the bronze Lindbergh Medal in The Numismatist, Vol. XL, No. 8, August (1927) : 499. Roessler created about two dozen or so different Lindbergh cacheted covers.

Roessler's Double Bar envelope Lindbergh Day postmarked August 20, 1927franked with Scott #686 coil vertical strip of six, and #575 imperf. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. $55


645 ROE-1 variant. Chamberlin's ship-to-shore mail flight on August 1, 1927, off the coast of Long Island, New York flying from the extended runway aboard the Leviathan en route to Teterboro Airport, Hasbruck Heights, New Jersey. Lindbergh - Stamp News cachet. postmarked August 20, 1927franked with Scott #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map Stamp; back stamped in grey-black ink Air Mail Failed Flight To S. S. Leviathan. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


645 ROE-1 variant. Chamberlin's ship-to-shore mail flight on August 1, 1927, off the coast of Long Island, New York flying from the extended runway aboard the Leviathan en route to Teterboro Airport, Hasbruck Heights, New Jersey. Lindbergh - Stamp News cachet. postmarked August 20, 1927franked with Scott #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map Stamp; back stamped in grey-black ink Air Mail Failed Flight To S. S. Leviathan. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Roessler's  Event Cachet : Magenta rubber stamped Air Mail Service September 7, 1927, Tacoma, Washington, Double Bar Envelope Type 4, postmarked Tacoma, Washington, September 7, 1927, franked with Scott #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map StampCourtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Roessler Event Cachet : Eastern States Exposition, Springfield, Massachusetts, September 18-24, 1927. 
Eastern States Exposition Air Mail Station CDS September 18-24, 1927, franked with Scott #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map Stamp.  . Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Roessler Double Bar envelope - Commemorative cover - Lindbergh Day September 20, 1927 Los Angeles, California, cachet in magenta, unusual franking strip of six Imperforate Scott #631 Harding 1-1/2C + Single imperforate Scott #575 1c green Franklin. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. $175

Roessler Air Mail cover red ink imprint Airplane Wallpaper cacheted envelope ROE -FG-3, on semi-official airmail cover franked with Western Canada Airways airmail service postage Wadhope to Lac Du Bonnet postmarked on back September 24, 1927, and front : September 25, 1927. 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Roessler Event Cachet : CDS Worcester Airport Dedication October 12, 1927, on Double Bar Envelope Type 4, postmarked Boston, Mass. G.P.O. C. October 12, 1927, franked with  Scott #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map StampCourtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

First Flight October 19, 1927 Under New Contract Foreign Air Mail Route Key West Florida to Havana, Cuba


Roessler Event Cachet : Magenta inked rubber stamp Winged CDS inside octagonal cartouche. - First Flight Under New Contract Foreign Air Mail Route Key West Florida, postmarked Key West, Florida, October 19, 1927, franked with Scott #643 and Scott #282 5c issue 1926 Calixto Garcia. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Roessler's S.S. Leviathan photo-cachet postal card, August 1-2, 1927, back side text : This picture shows Clarence Chamberlin leaving the U. S. S. Leviathan early in the morning Aug. 1 on his way to Teterboro, N. J., with the first ship-to-shore air mail. While this now appears as a novelty it is predicted that in the very near future it will be just a matter of daily routine. Cover, properly postmarked front and back, for  . . . . . . . $30.00. A. C. RoesslerRoessler Event Cachet : Vermillon inked rubber stamp Winged CDS inside octagonal cartouche. - First Flight Under New Contract Foreign Air Mail Route Key West Florida, postmarked Key West, Florida, October 19, 1927, franked with Scott #643 and reposted in Havan, Cuba postmarked February 15, 1928, franked with 5 Centavos Air Mail with overprint Lindbergh Febrero 1928. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Roessler Event Cachet : Magenta inked rubber stamp Winged CDS inside octagonal cartouche. - First Flight Under New Contract Foreign Air Mail Route Key West Florida, postmarked Key West, Florida, October 19, 1927, franked with Scott  #579 (11 x 10 perfs) Deep Carmine, and reposted in Havana, Cuba postmarked February 15, 1928, franked with 5 Centavos Air Mail with overprint Lindbergh Febrero 1928. Rare. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.



CDS Primer Viaje - Habana - Key West, October 28, 1927, franked with Scott #282 5c issue 1926 Calixto Garcia on Roessler Double Bar Envelope Type 4 sent to Chicago, Illinois, October 31, and November 1, 1927. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


CDS Primer Viaje - Habana - Key West, October 28, 1927, on Burgoyne Stamp cachets cover franked with five 1926 issue Scott #280 1 Centavo Jose Marti, blue green imperforated stamps. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library


Roessler mailer with label on cover postmarked Newark, New Jersey, November 1, 1927, franked with #556 (perf 11) address to T. F. Donahue, Newton, Lower Falls, Massachusetts. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Roessler Air Mail cover red ink imprint Airplane Wallpaper cacheted envelope ROE -FG-3, on semi-official airmail cover franked with Western Canada Airways airmail service postage Wadhope to Lac Du Bonnet postmarked on back November 12, 1927Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


ROE-X1. The American Philatelist (1993), has a citation:
"For more on Roessler, see “A Man of Mystery: A.C. Roessler used imagination as his mask," by Robyn Hayes, Stamp Collector, October 15, 1984 . . . December 25, 1927, post card from Christmas, Kentucky. to Kuehn bears a printed message of holiday greetings from A.C. Roessler." which is actually a citation from Barry Newton, A. C. Roessler Photo Cachet Catalogue, page 97, bas de page. The card shown here above is unused. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Western Canada Airways Limited on cacheted cover postmarked Winnipeg, December 6, 1927. 
Ex-Michael Rogers. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. $125.


Inauguration of the West Indies Aerial Express, Dominican Republic, postmarked Haiti,  December 13, 1927
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Western Canada Airways Limited on cachets covers postmarked Manitoba, December 23, 1927. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. Ex-Michael Rogers. Each $175.


A. C. Roessler Red Arrow Air Mail cover 
as that found on ROE-FG2 as a return Air Mail envelope inappropriately franked for airmail, postmarked La Malbaie, Quebec, December 24, 1927, franked with Scott #143 3c carmine (not carmine brown), Parliament Building - Ottawa, issued June 29, 1927. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Canada Sc #143 on an unlisted Roessler 1927 First Flight Cover, The design of "The Lone Eagle" Eagle in Flight with an airplane flying in the background - simulating being carried aloft on the Eagle's talons - with seven bars below, and A. C. Roessler's corner card above. The words AIR place above the Eagle's right wing, and MAIL below his left. La Malbaie to Seven Islands, postmarked December 25, 1927Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

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ROE Double Bar 4 corner card in blue with CAM2 Lindberg Again Flies The Air Mail - Chicago - St. Louis, blue inked rubber horseshoe stamped . First Flight Involving Night Flying, postmark, Springfield and Chicago, Illinois, February 20, 1928, franked with Scott #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map Stamp.  . Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

CAM2 Lindberg Again Flies The Air Mail - Chicago - St. Louis, blue inked rubber horseshoe stamped on cover with cachet printed in blackLindbergh Flight, postmarked Chicago, Illinois, February 21, 1928, franked with Scott #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map Stamp.  The design of "The Lone Eagle" Eagle in Flight with an airplane flying in the background - simulating being carried aloft on the Eagle's talons seems too have first emerged about December 1927, printed in Aniline Red - seven bars beneath, Roessler Corner Card above. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library

CAM2 Lindberg Again Flies The Air Mail - Chicago - St. Louis, blue inked rubber horseshoe stamped on cover with cachet printed in red Here we see Roessler's playfulness by switching the color inks from the main graphic figure of "The Lone Eagle" Eagle in Flight with an airplane flying in the background - simulating being carried aloft on the Eagle's talons  printed in blue ink with its red bars framing the text is now reversed. Lindbergh Flight, postmarked Chicago, Illinois, February 21, 1928, franked with Scott #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map Stamp.   Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library

On April 7, 1928, The Daily Postal Bulletin announced the Barber Pole Air Mail Envelope.



Charles Lyndbergh Air Mail postcard franked with improper postage for airmail, postmarked Grand Central Station, New York, March 3, 1928, addressed to very illustrious collector Abraham Atlas Leve (1869-1848), Syracuse, New York. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic  Library


ROE-FG2 with Roessler's Red Arrow Air Mail envelope. Charles Lyndbergh and Sam Houston cachet, Houston to Waco Texas, Postmarked Houston, Texas, March 5, 1928Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic  Library

Roessler Double Bar No. 4 Air Mail Envelope, Roessler's "First Experimental Airplane-Motorcycle Courier Service" postmarked Westfield, Massachusetts, March 15, 1928. Franked with a strip of two  1-1/2 cent Harding, 2 cent Washington Fourth Bureau, and 5 cent Ericsson.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale $200. Write john@numismaticmall.com

Roessler Double Bar No. 4 Air Mail Envelope, Roessler's "First Experimental Airplane-Motorcycle Courier Service" postmarked Westfield, Massachusetts, March 15, 1928. Franked with a 10 cent Air Mail.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale $200. Write john@numismaticmall.com

Fig. Air Plane Stamp News advertising cover, Michigan Flood Mail Serviced by Roessler, De Tour, Michigan, March 16, 1928, Army Emergency Flight; on back : strip of five Scott #634 postmarked March 21, Detroit, Michigan.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, For sale $75


Roessler, Corporate Stamp - Patricia Always Ltd., postmarked April 3, 1928. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, For sale 



First Flight of Yukon Airways & Exploration Co., Ltd., White Horse, Carcross, Yukon to Atlin, British Columbia, postmarked April 3, 1928. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, For sale 

Roessler double bar envelope Type 5. CAM  First flight Birmingham, Alabama to Atlanta New Orleans Route, Northbound Flight, postmarked May 1, 1928, franked with Scott #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map Stamp.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, For sale $75


Wright Brothers Obelisk Post Card Intended for CAM 19 Flight Card New York to Atlanta route - but not flown because card is under franked  postmarked Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, May 2, 1928. Unlisted in Newton since this inspired what followed. Roessler's Air Plane Stamp News No. 112 describes this card issued in a lot of 50 postmarked December 17, 1928 (see Newton, page 20). Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, For sale $300

Roessler double bar envelope Type 5 variant. CAM  First flight Birmingham, Alabama to Atlanta New Orleans Route, Northbound Flight, postmarked May 2, 1928, franked with Scott #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map Stamp.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, For sale $75

645 ROE-1 Salmon. Cleveland, Ohio (Mid Western Philatelic Sta.) 4-Bar Cancel, May 26, 1928 Rare only 15 issued. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, For sale


ROE-CC13 Cobalt 54 printed. The Young Stamp Collector Cachet, depicting youth scouring a trunk filled with old mail in the attic cutting the franked corners with postmarks for his album. Postmarked St. Andrews to North Head, New Brunswick, May 31, 1928 to July 17, 1928. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, 




Fig. 25. Roessler's ad for the Hawaiian in The Numismatist, Vol. XLI, No. 7, July (1928) : 439.

ROE-CAM-18. First Flight Chicago to San Francisco, postmarked July 10, 1928
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, 

Unlisted Roessler Ship-to-Shore by S.S. Il de France, N. Y. to Havre = new ROE-STS-5, printed on Roessler barber pole envelope Type 1, postmarked August 15, 1928Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, 

Fig. 26.  Roessler's complaint against the U. S. Post Office was published in the Morning News, Friday, September 7, 1928, page 1.

Roessler prints D-LZ127 Zeppelin designs on air mail covers in October 1928.

ROE Barber-pole envelope. Correo Aereo, postmarked Monterrey, Mexico, October 1, 1928, franked with Scott #C3 Mexico 25c, and 10c. 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library.





Postmarked Red Bank, New Jersey, October 20, 1928, overprint Scott #646 Molly Pitcher. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library.

Postmarked Washington, D. C., October 20, 1928, overprint Scott #646 Molly Pitcher with selvedge. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library.

ig. ROE-FZ2 - LZ-127 Original unused Dirigible Airmail. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library. For sale


Fig. ROE-FZ2 - LZ-127 October 28, 1928. Only 10 printed with vermillion text. The same printed with blue text were 47 covers. Postmarked Lakehurst, New Jersey October 28, 1928, and Friedrichshafen, November 1, 1928. Franked with Scott #c11, a strip of 2  Scott #567 carmine rose 20c Golden Gate with guide line,  a strip of 2  Scott #569 olive brown 30c Bison.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library. For sale $500


Fig. ROE-FZ2 - LZ-127 Dirigible Airmail Post Card with First Flight magenta cachet.  October 28, 1928.  Postmarked Lakehurst, New Jersey October 28, 1928, and Friedrichshafen, November 1, 1928. Franked with Scott #635 3c violet Lincoln,  and Scott #569 olive brown 30c Bison; on back a block of 10 Molly Pitcher Overprint on Scott #646.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library. 

Fig. ROE-FZ2 - LZ-127 Dirigible Airmail Post Card with First Flight magenta cachet.  October 28, 1928.  Postmarked Lakehurst, New Jersey October 28, 1928, and Friedrichshafen, November 1, 1928.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library. 

Roessler First Flight magenta cachet All-Over-Graf Zeppelin Real Photo Post Card,  October 28, 1928,  sent to Heinrich Temme, Unterlingen am Bodensee. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library. 

Antartica Expedition - New York City - Dunedin, New Zealand, November 29, 1928Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library. 



649-50 ROE-1. FDC International Civil Aeronautics Conference on barber pole envelope postmarked, December 12, 1928, in Green Slogan CancelsCourtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


649-50 ROE-1. FDC International Civil Aeronautics Conference December 12, 1928 in Green Slogan Cancels to Habana, CubaCourtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

649-50 ROE-2b Sulfite Card : Wright Brothers Cachet on International Civil Aeronautics Conference, postmarked Washington D.C., December 12, 1928, franked with Scott #649 & 650. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library.


- 1929 -


Klondike Airways postage stamp on A. C. Roessler corner card printed on Roessler's barber pole envelope postmarked Mayo Landing, Yukon, January 1, 1929Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library.For Sale.


Fig. 27.  Another Roessler complaint against the U. S. Post Office made in the fall of 1928 was eventually published in the Democrat and Chronicle, Sunday, January 20, 1929, page 42.


UC1-ZROE-1.  FDC U.S. Air Mail Postal Stationery with Roessler return address label, postmarked February 1, 1929. 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library.

ROE Barber Pole Air Mail Envelope. Miami, Florida to the Canal Zone postmarked Miami, Florida, February 4, 1929Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library.

Roessler's Double Bar envelope variant Air Mail First Flight - Lindbergh FAM 5 on Canal Zone #U9 with Re-valued 2c to 25c overprint + Scott #637 CZ overprint, postmarked Ancon, Canal Zone, February 9, 1929 Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library.

Nassau, Bahamas, postmarked February 25, 1929, on airmail envelope. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library.

Lindbergh cachet, postmarked Brownsville, Texas, March 3, 1929
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library.


ROE FZ10. Roessler Graf Zeppelin LZ-127 post card imprint in Dark Blue, postmarked Friedrichshafen, March 24, 1929, sent to B. F. Roessler C/O P. M. Lewis, Palestine, Holy Land. .Backstamped Jerusalem, typed Abs. Roessler = Absender Roessler, where Abs. is the German abbreviation for the return address, not for the name AbsalomRare. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library $400.


ROE CC-11 Black. postmarked Newark, New Jersey, March 29, 1929, Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. The Wresters poster stamp was designed with the same design imprinted on envelopes in January 1925. (See cover above dated February 1925)


ROE FZ10. Roessler Graf Zeppelin LZ-127 post card imprint in Yellow, postmarked Lakewood, New Jersey, April 22, 1929, sent to . Backstamped Sevilla, Spain. Scarce. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library

LZ 127 Zeppelin Interrupted Flight - 15 May - 1 August 1929

ROE-FZ10. Roessler LZ127 Zeppelin post cards and covers postmarked Friedrichshafen, May 15, 1929, receiving the circular blue First American Flight cachet were on an interrupted flight due to engine problems forcing a landing at Cuers, France. The flight returned to the hangar at Friedrichshafen, Germany for extensive repairs. All flight mail was straight line stamped in red ink "Beförderung verzögert wegen Abbruchs Erst 1. Amerikafahrt.(Delivery delayed on account of mishap on First American flight). Roessler typed his name Abs. Roessler using the German abbreviation signifying "Return Address to Roessler, East Orange". Back bears hand stamp of collector Sam Buzin of Los Angeles. The flight finally resumed August 1, 1929, and arrived at New York on August 5, 1929.


ROE-FZ UnlistedRoessler LZ127 Zeppelin post cards and covers postmarked Friedrichshafen, May 15, 1929, receiving the circular blue First American Flight cachet were on an interrupted flight due to engine problems forcing a landing at Cuers, France. The flight returned to the hangar at Friedrichshafen, Germany for extensive repairs. All flight mail was straight line stamped in red ink "Beförderung verzögert wegen Abbruchs Erst 1. Amerikafahrt.(Delivery delayed on account of mishap on First American flight).

First Flight Miami, Florida to Central America - Honduras. May 21, 1929
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic 
& Philatelic Library

654 ROE-3. Roessler First Day 5-1/2" x 3-1/4" Post CardJune 5, 1929 - Orange, New Jersey. Rare. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


654 ROE-1. Roessler First Day Cover- imprint in Red Ink Only - June 5, 1929 - Orange, New Jersey. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Roessler First Day Cover - imprint in Red & Blue Ink - June 6, 1929 - Washington, D. C. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.




657 ROE-1a.  Roessler First Day Cover - June 17, 1929 - (Barry Newton) 657 ROE-1a postmarked Binghamton - Special Rubber Stamped Cachet. Very Scarce. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. Estimate $75-$150. Write john@numismaticmall.com

657 ROE-1a. Roessler First Day Cover - Sullivan Expedition June 18, 1929 - (Barry Newton) 657 ROE-1a postmarked Washington, D. C. Type-2 A. C. Roessler East Orange, N. J. rubber stamped address same as in Newton 654 ROE-5, diagnostics are the descender of E in East  and Opened O of Orange. Even this seems a variant of Newton 654 ROE-5 with a serif on the N of N.J. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. Estimate $75-$150. Write john@numismaticmall.com

HGI Stamp Co., sale July 25, 1967, lot 275 .
Sent by Uno Soderberg, head of the Sweden Philatelic Agency, New Air Line Stockholm, Sweden-Kalmar-Stattin-Berlin-Wien,  June 22, 1929. [Above] clipping of the 
HGI Stamp Co., sale July 25, 1967, lot 275 this cover, minimum bid $12.75 . Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. $240

C5-8 ROE-1. Mexico, C-5-10, Carranza, June 19, 1929, postmarked July 12, 1929Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library


C5-8 ROE-1. Mexico, C-5-10, Carranza, June 19, 1929, postmarked July 12, 1929. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library


Roessler Ship-to-Shore Covers


Barry Newton (pages 96-97), listed only three different Ship to Shore cachets with the first one having a variant text imprint and envelope type from a barber pole to a double barred airmail envelope listed as the fourth. So far five new ones have surfaced postmarked two in July, and two in August 1929 and one dated in May 1931, with more expected.

ROE STS-3. postmarked July 20, 1929Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library.


ROE STS- Unlisted Roessler - Ship to Shore Airmail - SS Bremen & Catapult Flight to Stettin, Germany, postmarked July 20, 1929, franked with strip of two Scott #562. Later Variant of ROE STS3. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library.


ROE STS- Unlisted Roessler - Ship to Shore Airmail - SS Bremen & Catapult Flight to Stettin, Germany, postmarked July 20, 1929, franked with strip of two Scott #562. Later Variant of ROE STS3. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library.

ROE-FZ6 variant. Roessler Zeppelin Mail Cachet Airship LZ127 franked with Scott C36, postmarked Friedrichschaffen Germany 31 July, 1929. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For Sale  $375.00 Write john@numismaticmall.com


ROE-FZ8 Roessler Zeppelin Mail Cachet Airship LZ127 franked with Scott C36, postmarked Friedrichschaffen Germany 31 July, 1929. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For Sale  $375.00 Write john@numismaticmall.com

Fig. Courtesy Checker Motor Corporation Factory Photo.
In the August 1929 issue of Stamp News Roessler announced his checker-bordered air mail envelopes were prepared for sale. Roessler was obviously inspired by the new linear checkered design on New York taxi cabs the year before in 1928. The checkered pattern became associated with getting there ASAP. The excitement was focused on mail delivery entering a new age propelled faster through time and space by air mail service; and the taxicab's checkered pattern was borrowed to establish the icon for this new "Speed Age".

ROE-FZ7 Zeppelin Mail postmarked August 3, 1929, to Dr. Xavier Mayer. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For Sale  $375.00 Write john@numismaticmall.com


ROE-FZ6  Zeppelin Mail postmarked August 7, 1929, to Paalzow. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For Sale  $375.00 Write john@numismaticmall.com

ROE STS- Unlisted Ship-to-Shore Catapult Mail - Via Ile-de-France, postmarked August 12, 1929Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library

ROE STS-3. Ship-to-Shore Catapult Mail - very dark bluish violet on sulfite card, postmarked August 12, 1929Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. Everything you see on this webpage is for sale.


ROE STS- Unlisted Ship-to-Shore Catapult Mail - postmarked August 19, 1929Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library


Fig. Unlisted ROE-FZ3 var. Orange & Black.  Roessler Graf Zeppelin Round -the-World Flight, postmarked Los Angeles, California, August 25, 1929, addressed to Samuel E. Beck, Asheville, North Carolina. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic and Philatelic Library.

Dirigible Mail post card - design of ROE-FZ2 -postmarked August 30, 1929
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library


ROE-FZ8 Zeppelin Mail postmarked August 30, 1929, to PaalzowCourtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For Sale  $375.00 Write john@numismaticmall.com



ROE-FZ7-variant - imprint on sulfite card. Orange-Brown cachet of Dr. Hugo Eckener, Zeppelin Mail postmarked August 31, 1929, Postmaster Friedrichshafen, franked with Scott #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map Stamp and Scott #570 lilac 50c Arlington Amphitheater Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler files.

Scott #C11a Vertical Imperforated Coil Stamps
Roessler obtained a coil containing an unknown number of Scott #C11a stamps late June 1928. There were possibly 25 stamps or more on that coil. In the Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library there are four or five covers franked with these. I have seen very few others. Scott 2018 Catalog Value $7,500 for one stamp.

ROE-FG1. 
ROE-FG1. 
ROE-FG1. 

ROE-FF1. FDC Miami to Dutch Giuana - Charles Lindbergh and Spouse. A. C Roessler, St. John, Antiquin Leeward Island postmarked Miami, Florida, September 20, 1929Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 

ROE-FF1.  FDC Miami to Dutch Giuana - Charles Lindbergh and Spouse. $100

ROE-FF1. FDC Miami to Dutch Giuana - Charles Lindbergh and Spouse. $100

681 ROE-2a. Ohio Canalization Stamp cachet printed in black on a Roessler Type 1 checkered envelope, postmarked Cincinnati, Ohio, October 19, 1929. In January 1931 Roessler advertised in Air Plane Stamp News six different city postmarks with the block of 4  Ohio stamps : Cairo, Illinois, Evansville, Indiana, Wheeling, West Virginia, Louisville, Kentucky, , Homestead, Pennsylvania, and shown here Cincinnati, Ohio. 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler files.

Graphic illustration of the female workers in the Stationery Store of Ewald Tillmes, Orange Street, Newark, New Jersey printed over an E. Tillmes corner card, with corner card of A.C. Roessler printed beneath, postmarked Newark, New Jersey, November 7, 1929
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler files.


Fig. Same cover design excluding the stamp of course as Newton 651 ROE-6, Roessler's fictitious daughter Roberta Roe, postmarked Dunedin, New Zealand, December 15, 1929Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. 


Fig. 22. Roessler's Bargain Coin List circa December 1929. Illustration in Remy Bourne, Fixed Price Lists & Prices Paid for Lists of United States Coin Dealers, Vol. III : 82, 84








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Roessler continued to advertise his Checkered Air Envelopes in the January issue of the News. Hundreds, and perhaps, thousands were sold which gave rise to other postal cachet designers to use Roessler's Checkered Air Envelopes in their own cachets. Barry Newton gave a warning for the die-hard Roessler cachet collector to exercise scrutiny when finding these to discern which are and which are not authentic Roessler cachets. In 1976, that may have been a greater caveat than it is now, well over forty years later. Today finding any Checkered Air Envelopes in any condition is a hobby and sport in itself. It is fascinating to come across them and a new catalogue of other non Roessler cachets is in order. Certainly these are a worthy supplement to the serious die-hard Roessler collector.


CAUTION! Not a Roessler  checkered envelope. Often erroneously offered by stamp dealers as a Roessler cachet. This envelope was printed by a manufacturer in Columbus, Ohio, with trapezoidal patterned header and what appears to resemble stacked children's playing blocks motif in each of the bottom cornersCourtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Roessler mailing to Nassau, Bahamas, postmarked January 4, 1930, this checkered envelope is printed on yellow tinted paper. 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library

Roessler postage stamp - Cherry Red Airplane Limited - Canada Air Mail First Flight February 4, 1930. 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library



Experimental Glider Flight at Tennessee's Sky Harbor, April 15, 1930, signed by Carl. H. Duede (1886-1956), an Early Bird pilot. 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library


Roessler cachet Round the World Trip on Philadelphia souvenir post card franked with a pair of Scott #C13, postmarked April 22, 1930. Very Scarce. For Sale $1,100. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library

First Pan-American Round Trip Flight postmarked Flag Cancel, May 1, 1930, franked with Scott #C-15, Graf Zeppelin on Roessler double bar unlisted type. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library


ROE FZ10 - variant - Art Nouveau frame. Roessler Graf Zeppelin post card imprint in Yellow, postmarked Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 1, 1930, sent to Howard Weaver. Friedrichshafen. Very Scarce. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library For Sale $400



ROE FZ10 - variant - Art Nouveau frame. Roessler Graf Zeppelin envelope imprint in Orange, postmarked Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 1, 1930, sent to George Calder. Back bears address stamp of A. C. Roessler. Inside is the Tennessee Sky Harbor brochure C.A.M. 30. Very Scarce. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library For Sale $300




First Pan-American Round Trip Flight postmarked Flag Cancel, May 30, 1930, franked with Scott #C-14, Graf Zeppelin on Roessler double bar unlisted type. 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library

Roessler cachet Round the World Trip on Philadelphia souvenir post card franked with a Scott #C5, postmarked May 31, 1930. Very Scarce. For Sale $1,100. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library

ROE FZ10 - variant - Art Nouveau frame. Roessler Graf Zeppelin post card imprint in Yellow, postmarked Lakewood, New Jersey, May 31, 1930, sent to Walter Altman. Backstamped Sevilla, Spain. Scarce. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


ROE FZ11 Variant 
Roessler cachet Europe Pan American Flight Round the World Trip on post card franked with C13 postmarked Lakehurst, New Jersey, June 1, 1930. Receiving backstop postmarked Seville, Spain, June 7, 1930. Very Scarce. For Sale $400. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library


ROE FZ11 Variant Roessler cachet Round the World Trip on checkered envelope franked with Scott #C14, postmarked June 23, 1930. Very Scarce. For Sale $500. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library

Fig. 28. Roessler First Day Cover (Barry Newton)  688 ROE 1c with Special Rubber Stamped Cachet, on checkered envelope Type 1, comprising pairs of red and blue squares & rectangles diagonally juxtaposed creating an illusion of movement, postmarked July 9, 1930. Very Scarce. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. Estimate $75-$150. Write john@numismaticmall.com

Fig. 29. Roessler soliciting to buy 1875 Gold Dollars published in the Scranton Republican, Monday, July 28, 1930, page 5.


Mears flight to Newfoundland from East Orange August 1, 1930 and received postmark August 2, Hr. Grace Newfoundland. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. 


Mears flight to Newfoundland from East Orange August 1, 1930 and received postmark August 2, Hr. Grace Newfoundland, pilot signed. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. 


ROE-STS2 Green - only 37 covers printed. SS Europa postmark, September 14, 1930. The Europa is the sister ship of the SS Bremen of the Norddeutsche Lloyd (NDL), rebuilt in 1929 after the fire the previous year. The Maiden Voyage was on March 19, 1930.  Newton misreads the specimen published in his Photo Cachet, bottom of page 96, describing it as having a label pasted over the cachet reading Sp 1 Delivery 'Europa'. It is an abbreviation of Special as Spl Delivery. My specimen above illustrated has the hand stamp in purple ink on the back Special Delivery, and the catapult ship  S. S. Europa's paymaster's stamp and signature. After a few years the catapult airmail service was discontinued since it was no longer economically feasible. 


ROE FZ-13a. Captain. Anton Heinen cachet, postmarked Cape May, New Jersey, October 4, 1930, sent to L. Matzhold, Cape May, New Jersey. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. 

ROE-FD4 Orange Red. Newton reports that only 16 printed with the Transcontinental Route 33 cachet. Perhaps he meant only 16 with the cachet shown and same franking. I have 
over 30 of these in stock. Roessler CAM-33 Flight Cover, Southern Trans-Continental Route on small checkered cover Air Mail Envelope. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. 



 Roessler Cachet -  on checkered envelope Type 2, comprising a series of alternating blue and red squares in two tiers : the outermost being red and the innermost that of blue. First Flight - New York - Los Angeles Route - Air Mail P. O. D. - C. A. M. 34 - Winslow, Arizona, October 25, 1930, sent to Phillip V. Bauman, Newark, New Jersey.  Inside are two older order slips : Newark Stamp and Coin Exchange with 192 ----- . Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. Estimate $100-$150. Write john@numismaticmall.com

Fig. 32.   Roessler's ad for his bargain Coin List that soon evolved into his weekly The Coin News. Photo in The Numismatist, Vol. XLIII, No. 9, September (1930) : 618.


ROE-CAM-27. FDC December 6, 1930, Fort Wayne, Indiana to Bay City Chicago. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


The following text is based largely on that of stamp dealer, Don Wainwright, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada, from whom I purchased the above shown specimen. Newfoundland Airways was a private aerial transportation company founded in 1930 by J. R. McGowan of Sydney, Nova Scotia. The company planned to operate a mail and express service between Sydney and St. John, Newfoundland via the French island of St. Pierre. Unfortunately, it was denied permission by all three postal authorities to issue special stamps for use on its flights. Despite this, the company had stamps printed by A.C. Roessler and offered them for sale to the public for a special flight proposed for December 15th, 1930. The fight was postponed as the company continue to negotiate with the postal authorities for authorization of the stamps and the flight. Finally, in August of 1931, the company plane left North Sydney with about 4,000 covers. In St-Pierre, letters were left with the postal authorities awaiting approval of the stamps. However this was never granted, and in 1934 the company retrieved the covers and returned them to the centers with a hand stamped explanation on the reverse. A majority of the covers were prepared by Roessler. The stamps issued featured an airplane in a triangle crowned by semi circle. The company issued proofs (type 1), stamps for " official" internal use (type 2), as well as for sale to the public (type 3-4). In addition, the company allowed Roessler to produce reprints of the stamps for sale to collectors (types 5-8). The company complained these reprints resembled the original too closely  resulting in a second group of reprints (types 9-11). Finally, Roessler produced a third group of reprints using different ink and paper color varieties (types 12-16). Logo design is 38 x 26 mm for all stamps; four types 1, 2 and 5, the design is 38 x 31 mm due to the added " official" text.  This cinderella shown above is type 10 : Reprint of the public stamp - brown-red on yellow-orange paper and overprinted with heavy vertical purple lines, imperforate, shiny gummed. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

- 1931 -

690 Pulaski Issue FDC sans cachet on Roessler checkered envelope Type 1. All others are on Type 2 or large square, postmarked January 16, 1931, New York City Hall Annex. 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.



The following text is based largely on that of stamp dealer, Don Wainwright, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada, from whom I purchased the above shown specimen. In May 1919, the Imperial Aircraft Company of London was authorized by the Newfoundland government to develop a " mail and express service across the island of Newfoundland, and to Montreal, on the mainland". In 1922, the firm of De la Rue was commissioned by Newfoundland to produce an engraved 15¢ airmail stamp featuring the Vickers-Vimy biplane. Three separate days were made. However, because of growing concerns about the reliability and safety of the Aerial service due to Newfoundland's unpredictable weather, the contract with Imperial Aircraft was not pursued.  A.C. Roessler, it is believed, produced and embossed lithographed forgery of the essay which he offered for sale starting in 1931. The stamp has a green border and red-brown center in a design very similar to the genuine essays. It appears to be perforated, but is in fact die-cut to create the appearance of a perforated edge. As such there can be no multiples of the forged stamp. This Cinderella Die-cut is gummed, measuring 25 by 21 mm. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

C12 ROE-2 Cacheted Type 1 Checkered Envelope 
postmarked February 12, 1931, used as airmail event cover, St. James, Michigan. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.




Roessler cachet in dark blue First Flight Canal Zone to Trinidad postmarked Cristobal, Canal Zone February 12, 1931, back : Port of Spain, Trinidad. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


Roessler checkered envelope Type 1 on yellow tinted paper, Canal Zone. postmarked February 12, 1931. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Roessler checkered envelope Type 1 on medium-dark-yellow tinted paper, Canal Zone. postmarked February 12, 1931. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Roessler checkered envelope Type 1 on medium-dark-yellow tinted paper, Canal Zone. postmarked February 12, 1931. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Roessler checkered envelope Type 1 on burnt-orange tinted paper, Canal Zone. postmarked February 12, 1931. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Newfoundland Cachet postmarked February 14, 1931. 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

ROE STS- Unlisted Ship-to-Shore Catapult Mail - Roessler checkered  envelope Type 3, Bremen Ship-to-Shore Airmail postmarked May 13, 1931, sent to Theodore J. Camp, Rochester, New York. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


Roessler First Flight Inauguartion- St. Pierre, France to St. John's Newfoundland, Canada, on barber pole envelope, pilot signed, with Roesssler Cinderella (see above December 1930), no postmark issued and denied resulting in the mail being returned undelivered to Canada with Maritime and Newfoundland Airways pilot signature on the company apology statement. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Roessler First Flight Inauguartion- St. Pierre, France to St. John's Newfoundland, Canada, on plain envelope, pilot signed, with Roesssler Cinderella (see above December 1930), no postmark issued and denied resulting in the mail being returned undelivered to Canada with Maritime and Newfoundland Airways pilot signature on the company apology statement. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Roessler First Flight Inauguartion- St. Pierre, France to St. John's Newfoundland, Canada, on barber pole envelope, pilot signed, with Roesssler Cinderella (see above December 1930), no postmark issued and denied resulting in the mail being returned undelivered to Canada with Maritime and Newfoundland Airways pilot signature on the company apology statement. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


Roessler First Flight Inauguartion- St. Pierre, France to St. John's Newfoundland, Canada, on unlisted double bar envelope, pilot signed, with Roesssler Cinderella (see above December 1930), no postmark issued and denied resulting in the mail being returned undelivered to Canada with Maritime and Newfoundland Airways pilot signature on the company apology statement. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


Roessler First Flight Inauguartion- St. Pierre, France to St. John's Newfoundland, Canada, on barber pole envelope, pilot signed, with Roesssler Cinderella (see above December 1930), no postmark issued and denied resulting in the mail being returned undelivered to Canada with Maritime and Newfoundland Airways pilot signature on the company apology statement. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Roessler First Flight Inauguartion- St. Pierre, France to St. John's Newfoundland, Canada, on barber pole envelope, pilot signed, with Roesssler Cinderella (see above December 1930), no postmark issued and denied resulting in the mail being returned undelivered to Canada with Maritime and Newfoundland Airways pilot signature on the company apology statement. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.



Roessler runway flag Air Mail envelope, Pan-American First Flight Halifax, Nova Scotia to Boston, Massachusetts, postmarked August 15, 1931Beginning on August 1, 1931, Pan-Am Fokker F-10A planes flew between Boston, Massachusetts and Bangor, Maine. From Bangor, Pan-Am flew Sikorsky S-41B flying boats to Halifax, Nova Scotia, due to the lack of suitable landing fields. The first return flight from Halifax to Boston was August 15, 1931. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Roessler Hawaii Cachet, postmarked Honolulu, Hawaii, September 17, 1931
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


702 ROE-2c. Roessler large square checkered  envelope Type 2, Yorktown Cachet, postmark Wethersfield, Connecticut, October 19, 1931, block of four Scott #703. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library

Fig. 33-34.  Roessler altered use postal stationery mailer with return address pasted over previous use printed matter postmarked East Orange, New Jersey, December 19,1931, 3:30 P.M. Reverse flap has a cinderella of the Stamp Collectors Association (enlarged). Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic  Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. Estimate $100-$200. Write john@numismaticmall.com


- 1932 -

716 ROE-1a. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


716 ROE-5d
. FDC January 25,1932 III Olympic Winter Games, postmarked Lake Placid, New York, 
January 25,1932, cachet on checkered envelope Type 1, sent to Thomas Swatman, Newark, New Jersey. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


716 ROE-Unlisted variant. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


Washington Bicentennial Cachets

Roessler produced many varieties of cachets in celebration of the Washington Bicentennial. Newton has photographs of nine different cacheted covers from pages 41-43.

704-15 ROE-ST2Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. Estimate $60-$120. Write john@numismaticmall.com

 704-15 ROE-Unlisted variant, on Roessler checkered  envelope Type 2, one of the many Washington Bicentennial Cachets, postmarked Mount Vernon, Virginia, February 22, 1932, sent to Joseph B. Miller, Perth Amboy, New Jersey. This one is unlisted in Newton. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. Estimate $60-$120. Write john@numismaticmall.com

 704-15 ROE-Unlisted variant, on Roessler checkered  envelope Type 1, one of the many Washington Bicentennial Cachets, postmarked Mount Vernon, Virginia, February 22, 1932, franked with Scott #710 with selvedge and guide line, sent to Joseph B. Miller, Perth Amboy, New Jersey. This one is unlisted in Newton. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. Estimate $60-$120. Write john@numismaticmall.com

 704-15 ROE-SP2. on Roessler checkered  envelope Type 2, one of the many Washington Bicentennial Cachets, postmarked Wakefield, Virginia,  February 22, 19324-Bar cancel, turquoise rubber stamped cachet on back. This one is unlisted in Newton. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. $85 Write john@numismaticmall.com

 704-15 ROE-SP1. Roessler 704-15 one of the many Washington Bicentennial Cachets, postmarked Wakefield, Virginia,  February 22, 1932, 4-Bar cancel, turquoise rubber stamped cachet on back. This one is unlisted in Newton. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. $85 Write john@numismaticmall.com


Sans Cachets Roessler checkered  envelope Type 2, postmarked Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA, February 22, 1932, overprint revalued postage from 5c up to 6c. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. $85 Write john@numismaticmall.com

Roessler's Washington Bicentennial Medal Cachets Cover postmarked February 26, 1932, with "The Wrestlers" cinderella as seal on back flap. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. $185 Write john@numismaticmall.com

717  ROE-1. carmine rose 2c Arbor Day, Only God Can Make A Tree - 60th Anniversary Foundation Arbor Day, postmarked Nebraska City, Nebraska, addressed to stamp dealer Murray Apfelbaum, Newark, New Jersey. 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library For Sale $175


Fig. 37-38. Roessler postal stationery mailer with invoice postmarked East Orange, New Jersey, April 27, 1932, 6:30 P.M. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. Estimate $60-$120. Write john@numismaticmall.com

ROESSLER - U.S.S. AKRON SERIES

Akron Black Poster Stamp 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. Estimate $175. Write john@numismaticmall.com

Akron Color Poster Stamp Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. Estimate $225. Write john@numismaticmall.com

Type I


ROE AKRON-Z-1a Roessler checkered envelope Type 2, with all-over USS Akron Zeppelin imprint postmarked May 6, 1932. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

ROE AKRON-Z-1a Roessler checkered envelope Type 2, with all-over USS Akron Zeppelin imprint postmarked May 6, 1932. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

ROE AKRON-Z-1a plain envelope with all-over USS Akron Zeppelin imprint postmarked May 6, 1932. Howard WeaverWaynesboro, Pennsylvania.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


ROE AKRON-Z-1b Aluminum tinted paper envelope with all-over USS Akron Zeppelin imprint postmarked May 6, 1932. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

ROE AKRON-Z-1b Aluminum tinted paper envelope with all-over USS Akron Zeppelin imprint postmarked May 6, 1932. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

ROE AKRON-Z-1b Aluminum tinted paper envelope with all-over USS Akron Zeppelin imprint postmarked May 6, 1932. to fellow stamp and  coin dealer Fred Wm. Bernet, Newark, New Jersey. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

ROE AKRON-Z-1b Aluminum tinted paper envelope with all-over USS Akron Zeppelin imprint postmarked May 6, 1932. to C. W. Trittle,  Massachusetts. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


ROE AKRON-Z-1b Aluminum tinted paper envelope with all-over USS Akron Zeppelin imprint postmarked May 6, 1932. to fellow stamp and  coin dealer Fred Wm. Bernet, Newark, New Jersey. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

ROE AKRON-Z-1b Aluminum tinted paper envelope with all-over USS Akron Zeppelin imprint postmarked May 6, 1932. to fellow stamp and  coin dealer Fred Wm. Bernet, Newark, New Jersey. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Type II





ROE-FZ4a Zeppelin Corner Card. All-Over Zeppelin imprint in turquoise ink. USS Akron Coast to Coast Trip rubber stamp in magenta ink. Zeppelin Flight, Postmarked Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 6, 1932. franked with Scott #710, sent to stamp collector William R. Nattrass (1917-2008). Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic  Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. 

ROE-FZ4a Zeppelin Corner Card on Roessler checkered  envelope Type 2. All-Over Zeppelin imprint in turquoise ink. USS Akron Coast to Coast Trip rubber stamp in magenta ink. Zeppelin Flight, Postmarked Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 6, 1932. franked with Scott #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map Stamp, sent to stamp collector F. Lauterjung, Newark, New Jersey. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic  Library, A. C. Roessler files. For sale. 


ROE-FZ4a Zeppelin Corner Card on Roessler checkered  envelope Type 2. All-Over Zeppelin imprint in turquoise ink. USS Akron Coast to Coast Trip rubber stamp in magenta ink. Zeppelin Flight, Postmarked Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 6, 1932. franked with Scott #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map Stamp, sent to stamp collector Carlton Schofield, Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic  Library, A. C. Roessler files. For sale. 



ROE-FZ4a Zeppelin Corner Card on Roessler checkered  envelope Type 2. All-Over Zeppelin imprint in turquoise ink. USS Akron Coast to Coast Trip rubber stamp in magenta ink. Zeppelin Flight, Postmarked Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 6, 1932. franked with Scott #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map Stamp, sent to stamp collector Carlton Schofield, Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic  Library, A. C. Roessler files. For sale. 

ROE-FZ4a Zeppelin Corner Card on Roessler checkered  envelope Type 2. All-Over Zeppelin imprint in turquoise ink. USS Akron Coast to Coast Trip rubber stamp in magenta ink. Zeppelin Flight, Postmarked Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 6, 1932. franked with Scott #C7 10c blue Air Mail Map Stamp, sent to stamp collector Carlton Schofield, Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic  Library, A. C. Roessler files. For sale. 

ROE-FZ4a Zeppelin Corner Card on Roessler checkered  envelope Type 2. All-Over Zeppelin imprint in turquoise ink. USS Akron Coast to Coast Trip rubber stamp in magenta ink. Zeppelin Flight, Postmarked Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 6, 1932, to James B. M. Johnson, Trenton, New Jersey. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic  Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. 

ROE-FZ4a Zeppelin Corner Card on Roessler checkered  envelope Type 2. All-Over Zeppelin imprint in turquoise ink. USS Akron Coast to Coast Trip rubber stamp in magenta ink. Zeppelin Flight, Postmarked Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 6, 1932, to Faber W. Heefner, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic  Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. 


ROE-FZ4a Roessler USS Akron Zeppelin post printed on his checkered envelope Type 2 sent to fellow stamp & coin dealer Egon Bernet, Newark, New Jersey, May 6, 1932. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


ROE-FZ4a Zeppelin Corner Card on Roessler checkered  envelope Type 2. All-Over Zeppelin imprint in grey ink. Tactical Training Flight USS Akron Carrying Mail rubber stamp in magenta ink. Zeppelin Flight, pilot signed in print Monroe Moss, Reg. Div., Newark, N. J., Postmarked Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 6, 1932 to M. Moskowitz, Newark, New Jersey. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. 

ROE-FZ4a Zeppelin Corner Card on Roessler checkered  envelope Type 2. All-Over Zeppelin imprint in grey ink. Tactical Training Flight USS Akron Carrying Mail rubber stamp in magenta ink. Zeppelin Flight, Postmarked Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 6, 1932 to M. Moskowitz, Newark, New Jersey. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. 


ROE-FZ4a Zeppelin Corner Card on Roessler checkered  envelope Type 2. All-Over Zeppelin imprint in grey ink. Tactical Training Flight USS Akron Carrying Mail rubber stamp in magenta ink. Zeppelin Flight, Postmarked Lakehurst, New Jersey, August 1, 1932. to John Faber Paazlow, South Orange, New Jersey. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. 


ROE-FZ4a Zeppelin Corner Card. All-Over Zeppelin imprint in grey ink. Tactical Training Flight USS Akron Carrying Mail rubber stamp in magenta ink. Zeppelin Flight, Postmarked Lakehurst, New Jersey, August 1, 1932. to Russell C. Gates, Montclair, New Jersey. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. 



ROE-FZ4a Type II. Very rare Roessler cachet on postal stationery Scott #U436 Entire with imprint Airmail - Atlantic Fleet Maneuvers - USS Akron, sent to Egon Bernet, Newark, New Jersey, postmarked August 1, 1932. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale $400


Type III



U.S.S. Akron Coast to Coast Flight special printing. Rare! Unlisted! Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale $400

U.S.S. Akron Coast to Coast Flight special printing. Rare! Unlisted! Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale $400


Type IV


Roessler postal stationery envelope Scott #U429 with U.S.S. Akron Coast to Coast Trip magenta rubber stamped cachet. Zeppelin Flight, Postmarked Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 3, 1932Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. 

Roessler checkered envelope Type 2with U.S.S. Akron Coast to Coast Trip magenta rubber stamped cachet. Zeppelin Flight, Postmarked Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 6, 1932Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. 

Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. 

Roessler checkered envelope Type 2 with U.S.S. Akron Coast to Coast Trip magenta rubber stamped cachet. Zeppelin Flight, postmarked  Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 6, 1932,  to John R. Papendick Trenton, New Jersey. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. 

Roessler checkered envelope Type 2 with U.S.S. Akron Coast to Coast Trip magenta rubber stamped cachet. Zeppelin Flight, postmarked  Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 6, 1932,  to Beatrice Price, Port Murray, New Jersey. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. 

Roessler barber pole envelope with cachet Zeppelin Flight, postmarked  Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 6, 1932, to C. S. Douglas, Salem, Oregon. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. 

Roessler - Tactical Training 
U.S.S. Akron magenta rubber stamped cachet. Zeppelin Flight on unusual double bar winged Air Mail envelope, postmarked  Lakehurst, New Jersey, August 1, 1932, franked with Scott #711, and #716. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale 

ROESSLER - CATAPULT MAIL SERIES

Roessler checkered envelope Type 2, Deutscher Schleuderflug, 16 Mai 1932Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. 


ROE STS4. Roessler Post Card Ship-Shore Catapult Mail Bremen, June 7, 1932Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale $400




ROESSLER - CANADA, C4,6c, 5c OTTAWA AIR, JULY 12, 1932



C4 ROE-1, Black, Registered postal rate FDC Scott #192-4, postmarked July 12, 1932, sent to Henry Jonas, Goshen, New York. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.


A. Miyake, Tokyo, Japan to A. C. Roessler, postmarked, 
Tokyo, Japan, July 16, 1932Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.



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Fig. 36.  Roessler's arrest and indictment published in the Asbury Park Press, Monday, January 30, 1933, page 3. The story ran in the Associated Press and was also published in the St. Louis Post Dispatch on the same day.


Fig. 39. Roessler's case published in the Trenton Evening News, Monday, March 20, 1933, page 1.

On Jan 1, 1933, Roessler was indicted and arrested on two federal charges of crimes committed five-six years earlier: (1) using the U.S. mails for deceptive purposes in 1927; and (2) printing and using printed items “in similitude of obligations of the United States” in 1928.  The first charge was that, while processing event covers for a failed Arctic exploration flight on 9/24/27 by Sir Hubert Wilkins, Roessler forged a facsimile of a New York cancellation to create additional covers after the trip when demand for the covers exceeded the supply actually taken aboard the airplane.   The second charge was that Roessler overprinted “GRAF ZEPPELIN” on a 1c Franklin, and then advertised it for sale at 10c each (Newton, 1977, p. 95) and used it 10/28/28 in combination with other stamps when servicing Graf Zeppelin LZ-127 Flight Covers (See ROE-FZ15, Newton, 1977, p. 95).  The overprinting was identical to the font style as the Post Office Dept had used on a 2c Washington stamp for the #646 2c Molly Pitcher and #647/648 2c and 5c Hawaii Issues, which Roessler had previously mocked publicly.   On June 21, 1933 Roessler pled guilty to both charges in Federal Court in Newark.  He was sentenced to two years in the Atlanta penitentiary, but the sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation for three years.  (Linn’s Stamp Review, July 15, 1933, quoted in Newton, 1977, p. 106).


ROE-FZ1, Uncle Sam's Mightiest USS Macon First Flight cachet postmarked April 21, 1933Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 

728 ROE-1. Century of Progress Issue, May 25, 1933. 36 covers of this type were printed and sold. 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 

Fig. 40. Roessler The Coin News adversing 3rd class cover franked with a Scott No. # 684-A203 Harding 1-1/2 cent brown, issued December 1, 1930, CDS mute, probably December 1930 or early 1931. Roessler used this Coin News adversing cover until 1936. Not listed in Newton. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, Special Collection, The Chapman Family Correspondence Archive. For sale. Estimate $300-$400. Write john@numismaticmall.com

Fig. 41. Roessler's business envelope advertising his weekly circular The Coin News. There are a few of these  (TOP) and more other  types in the Lupia Numismatic Library, Special Collection, The Chapman Family Correspondence Archive. The (BOTTOM) photo was published in E-Sylum, July 24, 2016, David Lange Collection. First class mail franked with Scott No. #729-A232 Federal Building 3 cents violet issued May 25, 1933.

About 1934 Roessler published a Fixed Price List (FPL) titled : Bankers Coin Book in order to accumulate coins for his inventory suggesting his supply did not meet his demand. This is a 32-page booklet listing United States Coins of all types and the prices paid.

FDC World's Grain Exhibition & Conference, Regina 1933. Uunlisted in Newton.  Regina Saskatchewan, July 24, 1933
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 

Fig. 42. Another Roessler first day cachet depicting a coin or medal. This one celebrating the Rhode Island Commemorative Half Dollar. The above photo is a zoom-in only.

The timing of these events is interesting.  The 1927 and 1928 crimes were committed during the Coolidge Administration (1925-1929), yet resulted in no federal prosecution until the very end of the Hoover Administration, after Hoover had lost the election and become a Lame Duck President.  Roessler continued to publicly blast Third Assistant Postmaster General Frank Tilton (under lame duck President Hoover’s Postmaster General Walter Brown) for censoring and withholding his #725 3c Daniel Webster FDCs (See Roessler, A. C. Roessler’s Stamp News #200 (Jan-Feb 1933), Airplane Stamp News #145 (Jan 1933), #146 (Feb 1933) and #147 (Feb-Mar 1933), quoted at length in Newton, 1977, p. 52).  The federal indictment for the 1927 and 1928 crimes was handed down Jan 31, 1933, only two months before Roosevelt was inaugurated March 4, 1935, and James A. Farley was appointed Postmaster-General.  Following his conviction in June of 1933, Roessler became uncharacteristically cautious in his public criticism of the Post Office Department.  By the summer and fall of 1934 the philatelic press was up in arms about Farley’s issuance of  priceless imperforate sheets to Roosevelt and other favored cronies, one of which had been sold to a dealer in November 1934 for $20,000,  Yet it was not until  the situation had been remedied by the public issuance of the Farley Reprints, #752/771, on March 15, 1935, that Roessler joined in the public criticism of Postmaster-General Farley’s abuse.  (Roessler, “Monkey Business,“ A.C. Roessler’s Stamp News #203 (April-Jun 1935), quoted in Newton, p. 66; See Johl, U.S. Commem. Vol. I, 1947, pp. 237-241).

Maritime & Newfoundland Airways, September 30, 1933. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 

Fig. 42. Roessler Graf Zeppelin Flight cachet, Century of Progressfranked with Scott #C18 green 50c Zeppelin stamp, the Zeppelin left Friedrichshafen flying to New York,  postmarked Varick Annex, New York,  October 4, 1933, sent to Otto Dietrichson, South Orange, New Jersey. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 

ADMIRAL BYRD CACHETS


733 ROE-1a. Green and black on large checkered airmail envelope with the word Airmail top and bottom crossed out - Commander R. E. Byrd 1933-1934 Flying Over the South Pole.  Roessler's Return Address Label, or as some prefer his Cinderella pasted on front 
over preprinted text. Postmarked Washington, D. C., October 9, 1933. There were 37 of these printed. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

The Zeppelin flew to Miami, and the mail is postmarked Miami, Florida, October 23, 1933, sent to Julian Hall, Danville, Virginia. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 

The Zeppelin flew to Miami, and the mail is postmarked Miami, Florida, October 23, 1933, sent to Martin F. H. Heinemann, Wyncote, Pennsylvania. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 


From Miami the Zeppelin flew to Akron, Ohio.

Fig. 42.  Roessler Graf Zeppelin Flight cachet, Century of Progresson Roessler checkered  envelope Type 2, franked with Scott #C18 green 50c Zeppelin stamp, postmarked Akron, Ohio, October 25, 1933, sent to Russell S. Fowler, Woodbury, New Jersey. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale $200

From Akron, Ohio the Zeppelin flew to Chicago.
ROE FZ-12 . Zeppelin Mail, printed in Orange, postmarked October 25, 1933  addressed to coin and stamp dealer Fred W. Bernet. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 


ROE FZ-12 . Zeppelin Mail, postmarked October 26, 1933  addressed to coin and stamp dealer Fred W. Bernet. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 


ROE FZ-11  printed in myrtle green, not gray. Zeppelin Mail, postmarked October 26, 1933  addressed to coin and stamp dealer Fred W. Bernet. 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 

ROE FZ-12 printed in myrtle green, not gray. Zeppelin Mail, postmarked October 26, 1933  addressed to coin and stamp dealer Fred W. Bernet. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 


Fig. 42. Roessler Graf Zeppelin Flight cachet, Century of Progressfranked with Scott #C18 green 50c Zeppelin stamp, postmarked Century of Progress World's Fair Chicago, June 1-Nov. 1, 1933,  October 26, 1933, sent to Richard A. Ade, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 

ROE FZ-7 Yellow, not Orange-Brown. Zeppelin Mail, postmarked, Akron, Ohio, October 28, 1933  Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 

ROE FZ-11 sans photo of Goodyear Blimp, and printed in myrtle green, not gray. Zeppelin Mail, postmarked, Akron, Ohio, October 28, 1933  addressed to coin and stamp dealer Fred W. Bernet. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 

ROE FZ-12 . Zeppelin Mail, postmarked October 28, 1933  addressed to coin and stamp dealer Fred W. Bernet. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 

This cover is marked "Hold for Graf Zeppelin return flight to Friedrichshafen, Germany." postmarked Chicago, Illinois, Century of Progress Chicago 1930, October 7, 1933, franked with Scott #C18, sent to Edson Brock, Evanston, Illinois. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 

Leaving Chicago the Zeppelin flew to European cities ending in its return to the hangar at Friedrichshafen, Germany.



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735 ROE-2FDC Admiral Byrd Second Antarctic Expedition issued in conjunction with the National Stamp Exhibition,  Planty #14, 5" x 7" Post Card with cachet of the brand new Rockefeller Center sans Prometheus statue (opened 1933) site of the National Stamp Exhibition, postmarked National Stamp Exhibition, New York, February 10, 1934, franked with James A. Farley, Imperforate  Scott #735 3c Admiral Byrd Expedition II, Souvenir Sheet pane of six, Plate No. 21184, serviced for Weber Stamp Company, Springfield Gardens, New York, sent to Charles R. Morrison, Glendale, California. Six hours after being received in Glendale, California this post card was forwarded to Houston, Texas, something very unusual, with auxiliary markings "Forwarded Fee Not Claimed". Apparently Morrison left a forwarding address at Houston, Texas with the Glendale, California, Post Office. Upper and lower corners creased, otherwise VF. Roessler also made another cachet "Little America". Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. $75


737-ROE-1. FDC May 2, 1934 Whister's Mother Washington, D.C. Very Rare. Only 5 printed FDC black/rose. Addressed to Roberta Roe The Girl Stamp Dealer. 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

Roessler Canal Zone USS Houston, July 12, 1934Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library.

United States Post Office, Washington, D.C. correspondence with 
Roessler , postmarked September 25, 1934, on government postal stationery Scott #U527. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For Sale $75

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Roessler as an avant-garde artist can be seen in his checkered envelopes design in the 1930's that anticipated Piet Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie of 1942/1943. Roessler produced a series of alternating pairs of blue and red squares juxtaposed in varying spacial heights that create the illusion of movement at a distance. Mondrian used this concept in using his blue and red squares with spacial patches of yellow and eggshell white that suggest streets with the blue and red squares movement of automobiles in the broadway district.

Piet Mondrian, Broadway Boogie Woogie of 1942/1943, Metropolitan Museum of Art (MOMA).
Roessler checkered  envelope Type 1, Bishop Airport Dedication, Flint Michigan, May 18, 1935. Postage Due 1 Cent. AAMC #H49. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. 


Roessler FDC on First Flight San Francisco, California to Manila, Philippines cachet franked with a block of 9, Scott #C20 FDC + Scott Philippines #385, 6c dark brown.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale.


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Roessler Experimental parachute rocket airmail 7 A1 stamp issued December 1935 for the maiden flight January 31, 1936, Newark to New York . Postmarked : Special Experimental Rocket Mail. According to John Finch, "Although mistakenly credited to "Russo" in the Ellington - Zwisler Rocket Mail Catalog it is undeniably a product of the flamboyant stamp dealer A.C. Roessler. The success (or lack thereof) of the flight is lost to history and remains unknown. In any event it is a much sought-after rocket mail cover with the catalog designation EZ 7C1. Cover size : 1"- 3/4" x 2"- 7/8" "(7.5 mm x 4.5 mm). Only 960 exist for all flights. First flight was on January 31, 1936.  


Amazing Tiny 2"-7/8" x 1"-3/4" (7.5 mm x 4.5 mm) Envelope - Experimental Parachute Rocket Mail, March 6, 1936Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. Estimate $200. Write john@numismaticmall.com



ROE FZ12 Hindenburg design postmarked May 7, 1936,  this air ship flew from March 1936 until it was destroyed on May 6, 1937. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale $500.

778 ROE-1 -Variant on Post Card 
FDC - CDS TIPEX NY, Roessler cachet of Rockefeller Center site of TIPEX (similar to February 10, 1934 but with building modifications) on his barber pole envelope, Scott #778 James A. Farley, 3c Connecticut Tercentenary pane of four, postmarked May 9, 1936, sent to B. F. Lewis, Newark, New Jersey.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale $100.


778 ROE-1, FDC - CDS TIPEX NY, Roessler cachet of Rockefeller Center site of TIPEX (similar to February 10, 1934 but with building modifications) on his barber pole envelope, Scott #778 James A. Farley, 3c Connecticut Tercentenary pane of four, postmarked May 9, 1936, sent to R. J. Heller, New York.  
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale $95

ROE FZ-5. First Ocean Air Express May 11, 1936. sent to G. Altman, Berlin, Germany. 
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale 


Zeppelin Mail Post Card - franked on front with Scott #C20 "China Clipper" Trans-Pacific Airmail postmarked New York,  May 11, 1936 Back franked with Scott #641 and Scott #777 "Roger Williams" issued May 4, 1936 one week prior. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale $200


ROE FZ12 postmarked June 20, 1936,  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale $500.

ROE FZ-12 . Zeppelin Mail, postmarked August 31, 1936  addressed to coin and stamp dealer Fred W. Bernet. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. 


ROE FZ12 printed on a Roessler checkered envelope Type 2, with Hindenburg imprint sold in various colors including, red, orange, dark blue, brown, yellow, and this one turquoise or myrtle green, postmarked October 10, 1936, franked with Mi #600-602 German Winter Olympic Games postage stamps, and four Winter Relief SG #622 2pf, #623 3pf, #624 3pf, #629 15pf. Roessler sold these printed cachets envelopes  to Fred W. Bernet, a fellow coin and stamp dealer in Newark, New Jersey, who imitated Roessler with an air mail cachet service for his clientele. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale $500.


October 22, 1936, London to Antigua, then Leeward Islands via S.S. Nerissa with #50 addressed to A. C. Roessler with straight-line cancel "Posted On High Sea" cancelled Paquebot.  Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library. For sale $180.

Fig. 43. Roessler Cachet of the Huguenot Walloon commemorative half dollar issued in silver by the U. S. Mint on May 1, 1924 (Newton 614-16). This letter is postmarked East Orange, New Jersey, December 11, 1936. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. Estimate $75-$150. Write john@numismaticmall.com

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Roessler First Day Cover April 21, 1937 (Barry Newton) C21 ROE-1 on Roessler checkered  envelope Type 2, Very Scarce. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. Estimate $85-$150. Write john@numismaticmall.com


C21-22 ROE-2 First Day Cover April 23, 1937  on Roessler checkered  envelope Type 2, Very Scarce. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. $150. Write john@numismaticmall.com

115-ROE-1. Coronation King George VI, Posted on Day of Issue, May 13, 1937
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. Write john@numismaticmall.com

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Roessler's crude submission for the C23 on FDC, postmarked Dayton, Ohio, May 14, 1938Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. $150. Write john@numismaticmall.com

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803 ROE-1. FDC Prexie, 1/2c Franklin, Orange, only 18 printed, postmarked May 19, 1938
Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. Write john@numismaticmall.com

Barry Newton suggests that Roessler began going blind about the time of the #785/794 Army-Navy Set issued 1936-1937. (Newton, 1977, p. 106).  Apparently he either developed severe cataracts or glaucoma. For the 1938 Presidential Issue, he produced defaced photographic images, i.e., sections cut out to avoid printing the entire image which would violate Federal Law, of the #803 1/2c Franklin, #804 1c Washington, #805 1-1/2c Martha Washington, #806 2c Adams and #807 3c Jefferson. (Newton, 1977 p. 79-80. Mellone, Planty Vol. XIV, 2001, p. 14).  For the 806 2c and denominations higher than 3c, Roessler serviced his regular client list with rubber-stamp addressed envelopes on WSE/Clifford Cachets, some with “By Aerial Mail” added by rubber-stamp.  The last and highest Prexy denomination serviced by Roessler was the WSE/Clifford #817-58 12c Zachary Taylor issued Sep 14, 1938.  (Newton, 1977, p. 81; Mellone, Planty Vol. XIV, 2001, p. 30).


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The Last Cachet that can be definitively attributed to Roessler as Designer is a commemorative -- a defaced photographic image for #835 3c Constitution Ratification issued 6/21/38.  (#835 ROE-1 in Newton, 1977, p. 81; #835-68 in Mellone, Planty Vol. XIV, 2001, p. 88).  Roessler serviced his subscribers with two other commemoratives from nearby New Jersey cachet makers:  the Clarence Reid #836-40 for the 3c Delaware issued 6/27/38 (Reid had also sold this cachet to Leo August’s Washington Stamp Exchange and Egon Bernet of Newark Stamp Exchange, and Roessler had often collaborated with all of them. See Mellone, Planty Vol. XV, 2004, p. 14; #836 ROE-1 in Newton, 1977, p. 81), and John Alden’s Pilgrim Cachet #837-22c issued 7/15/38. (Mellone, Planty Vol. XV, 2004, p. 48; #837 ROE-1 in Newton, 1977, p. 81) .

Roessler appears to have been completely out of business by 1940. However, he still kept his shop in East Orange that became revived in the mid 1950's under his former employee Frank Spadone.  Barry Newton suggests that Roessler was near-blind and (citing an article by Stan Fryczynski in May/June 1961 First Days) collected unemployment compensation and welfare benefits from then until his death on January 26, 1952 in Orange, New Jersey. (Newton, 1977, pp. 106-107). However, he may not have been blind but lacked sharp vision adequate enough to draw and carry on his hobby business. According to a notice in the Asbury Park Evening Press on Friday, January 2, 1948 he was a guest at the home of Robert Coslick of Ocean Grove at a Christmas party in December 1947. 


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Dedication of Municipal Airport - St. Joseph, Missouri, May 25, 1940. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic & Philatelic Library, A. C. Roessler file. For sale. Write 


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Barry Newton, A. C. Roessler Photo Cachet Catalogue (1976-1977)

OUTLINE & SUMMARY

[01] Double Bar Envelopes - 6 Types (page 3)

[02] Checkered Envelopes - 3 Types (page 3)

[03] USA FDC's  (pages 5-81)

[04] Canada FDC's (pages 82-83)

[05] Cuba FDC (page 83)

[06] Mexico (pages 83)

[07] Newfoundland (page 83)

[08] Sweden (page 84)

[09] England (page 84)

[10] Admiral Byrd-Antartica (page 85)

[11] Roessler Corner Cards - 20 Types (pages 85-88)

[12] Canadian Flight Cachets (pages 88-89)

[13] Domestic Flight Cachets (pages 89-90)

[14] Foreign Flight Cachets (pages 90-91)

[15] General Purpose Flight Cachets (page 91)

[16] Newfoundland Flight Cachets (page 92)

[17] Rocket Flight Cachets (page 92)

[18] Zeppelin Flight Cachets (pages 93-95)

[19] Ship Covers (pages 95-96)

[20] Ship To Shore (pages 96-97)

[21] Tin Can Mail (page 97)

[22] Christmas Cards (page 97-98)

[23] Special Purpose (page 98)

[24] Biography (pages 99-109)



Works :

A. C. Roessler's Stamp News (1909-1937)

A. C. Roessler's Stamp News, Dealers' Edition (1916-1919)

Air Plane Stamp News (1927-1937)

Flash List (1927-19??) Smith reports 1977 as terminal date.

Coin List (1927-1930)

The Coin News (1930-1936/7)

Bankers Coin Book (1934/5-1937)


NOTE : An earlier  revised version of this article edited by Jean Walton was published in the Journal of the New Jersey Postal History Society, Vol. 46, No. 3, Whole No. 211, August 2018, pages 123-136. Since then this article above has been revised and re-edited several times.


        Bibliography :

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