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Cover of the Month

February Cover
USS Relief AH-1
Steve Shay (#L-10,821)
This hand painted cover by an unknown artist marks St. Valentine's Day 1935 aboard the hospital ship USS Relief. The Relief was the first ship designed as a hospital ship for the US Navy, launched December 23, 1919 and commissioned over a full year later on December 28, 1920.

Member of the Month

Kurt Mittl
Member #5091
In 1962, Kurt Mittl met another Lieutenant from the USAF who collected only covers with cachets and corner cards from Nuclear Submarines. I was very anxious to get as much information as possible on this very interesting collection. This was not only just collecting stamps and adding them in your album, here it was much more. It was action. Learn More

About the Universal Ship Cancellation Society

Founded in 1932, the USCS is an international philatelic organization of over 1,100 members with an interest in postmarks and covers from all maritime services. This includes Navy ships of all countries, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Navy bases, merchant ships with seapost and paquebot markings, related cachets, and other naval memorabilia.

It is the only organization in the United States devoted to Navy and maritime covers, and is one of the oldest specialized postal history societies in the world. For more information on Naval Covers and Postmarks check out our What is a Naval cover? and What is a Postmark? pages.

American Philatelic Society Affiliate #98. In our 80th Year.

Cover of the Month:
USS Relief AH-1

Cover by
Steve Shay (#L-10,821)

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