Archive for the 'Ship Covers' Category

Apr 10

Saturday Ship Cover: USS Grayson (DD-435)

Saturday, April 10, 2010 6:04 AM


Apr 3

Naval Hospital Cover by Notable Cachet Maker Chief Hospital Corpsman J. N. Lawrence

Saturday, April 3, 2010 11:03 AM


Guest post by Glenn Smith: Prior to the American Civil War, Naval personnel medical needs were met in a rudimentary way at a makeshift facility that was in three separate buildings, one at the Navy Yard, one at the Marine Barracks, and one at the Government Hospital for the Insane of the Army and Navy (later St. Elizabeth’s Hospital). In 1866, a large brick building was built on Capitol Hill and it served as the Naval Hospital until 1906, today it is referred to as the Old Navy Hospital. New Navy Hospital opened on Observatory Hill in 1942 and it… Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 27

Saturday Ship Cover: USS Boise (CL-47)

Saturday, March 27, 2010 12:00 PM


Welcome to the premiere installment of Saturday Ship Cover on The Naval History Blog. Each Saturday we will feature a different cover so please add us to your blogroll. According to the Universal Ship Cancellation Society: Originally, a “navy cover” was just a letter from a sailor, or even a postcard, with the postmark from the ship’s post office (Navy ships have had their own post offices since 1908). By the 1930’s collectors began sending their own envelopes, or “covers”, to ships for examples of these postmarks. Many have been decorated with designs called cachets, some of which are true… Read the rest of this entry »

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