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Online Chat Archives – July – August, 2018


  • guest_5478 (04 Sep 2018 11:03am EDT) : I have a cover bearing a single 772 stamp addressed to St. Anne, Illinois. It is postmarked July 4, 1935 at the GPO in New York. It also has a blue double oval cancellation with CIe Gle Transatlantique and Champlain dated 5 Juil 1935.
    Compagnie Générale Transatlantique was the French line of trans-Atlantic passenger ships. Since the letter went from New York to Illinois, does anyone have a suggestion as to why the cancellation was also placed on the envelope.

    Thank you.

    Peter LaPlaca

  • Elgin Sink (01 Sep 2018 5:47pm EDT) : Just returned from BALPEX…nice show and great exhibits with many familiar dealers selling navals including “Fairwinds”, Weisz , Hamilton and Geezer’s Tweezers. Tomorrow is last day for show.
  • Elgin Sink (01 Sep 2018 5:40pm EDT) : Not yet for me, Thad, except for the USS PORTLAND FPO commissioning pictorial received shortly after the event…
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (01 Sep 2018 9:55am EDT) : Has anyone ever received ship cancelled covers from the USS PORTLAND LPD 27 or USS RALPH JOHNSON DDG 114 ? Neither ship has been responsive to multiple mailings
  • BMCM Jones 3933 (31 Aug 2018 9:55pm EDT) : September eLOGs have been sent to 300+ members for your holiday reading.


  • Elgin Sink (26 Aug 2018 1:24pm EDT) : Thanks for that info Thad…
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (26 Aug 2018 11:08am EDT) : Elgin, on the Facebook page there is a posting of an anniversary cover from LHD 6 on August 4, 2018 that was processed with excellent results. You just never know what or if you are going to get something back these days.
  • Elgin Sink (25 Aug 2018 3:16pm EDT) : previous post; I am guest_2203.
  • guest_2203 (25 Aug 2018 3:15pm EDT) : Covers sent on 4 AUG 18 for commissioning 20TH anniversary of 15 AUG 18 to the USS BON HOMME RICHARD LHD 6 received today with nice ship cachet but no cancels…one cover had no cancel, another with a “fingerprint”, and the third with an ink line through the stamp…possibly sent too late for processing, but did anybody else get same or better treatment?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (21 Aug 2018 9:01am EDT) : Excellent cancels received from USS Milius DDG 69 serviced by LS2(SW) Bottoroff, Jacob; Independent Duty Postal Clerk, USS Milius DDG 69, Unit 100179 Box 1, FPO AP 96672. What is a Independent Duty Postal Clerk? He did a great job !
  • Rich Hoffner (20 Aug 2018 7:41pm EDT) : Listing a large lot of “related material” for the USCS. Seller name is patchesnaval. Includes patches, stickers, welcome aboards and pics. Also have a large lot of ship postcards to list but will wait for eBay to give me some “freebies” to save on listing fees.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (15 Aug 2018 8:57pm EDT) : Anyone interested, just received excellent covers from the USS Chancellorsville CG 62 using the Unit 100312 type cancel. This ship hasn’t serviced covers in a very long time. They were perfect.
  • Rich Hoffner (13 Aug 2018 9:45pm EDT) : So, now sorting through all the covers I came home with. One lot, an unlisted lot in the convention auction contained about 1,000 covers (most naval), you name it, it was in the box. It will take a week or more just to sort it out. Thanks Ted Bahry for giving me a gentle push to bid on at and winning it at the starting price. I did remove filler cards and sleeves on the way home as George Marcincin navigated for us.
  • Rich Hoffner (13 Aug 2018 9:38pm EDT) : The JAMES cachet was sent a long time ago, wonder what took so long to get the covers moving?
  • Rich Hoffner (13 Aug 2018 9:36pm EDT) : BTW, we have 71 members who have been members for over 50 years. Hate to admit it, but I am on that list. So, if you are one of us, you are now a Gold member.
  • Rich Hoffner (13 Aug 2018 9:16pm EDT) : Two important changes for the membership passed at the convention. This is a “clip and paste from the secretary’s report:

    Rich Hoffner submitted a proposal to reinstate Family (F) memberships. A motion was made and seconded to reinstate the wording from Constitution Article 4b(4), the wording to be: Family members are adults or children, aged 12-18, who reside in the same address as the Subscribing or Life member. Family members do not receive a subscription to the USCS Log and may not vote in elections or hold office, but have all other privileges of membership. This proposal was approved. Dues will be set at $1 per year.

    Rich Hoffner submitted a proposal to reinstate Gold (G) memberships for those USCS members whose membership number has reached 50 years, allows members who have been USCS members for 50 years to be able to add a “G” prefix to their membership number, denoting Gold memberships. A motion was made, seconded and this proposal was approved (edited by me to save space).

  • Mike Meister (09 Aug 2018 7:51pm EDT) : Great time at the convention today.
  • Mike Meister (03 Aug 2018 11:25pm EDT) : Navy reports that ex RACINE LST 1191 was sunk during RIMPAC 2018
  • arthur medina (31 Jul 2018 12:01pm EDT) : I have some 3,300 covers that I wish to sell. Is anyone interested?Kindly contact me via e mail or telnumber . Tel.: 787-722-8742 0r artmedina435@gmail.com Thank you
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (30 Jul 2018 9:45pm EDT) : Pictorials received from Alexandria, VA for the commissioning of the USCGC Nathan Bruckenthal and all were terrible and not collectible. I think I will just stick to sending to Norfolk and Groton for pictorials. So very disappointing.
  • John Young (30 Jul 2018 3:18pm EDT) : Looks like USCGC JAMES (WMSL 754) has a cachet, as FDU w/ spray cancel
    Pensacola Fl 26 JUL 2018 & penned c/c 1050 Register St., Charleston SC 29405

    Thanks, Rich

  • Elgin Sink (30 Jul 2018 2:38pm EDT) : Hard copy periodical rate August LOG pulled from my mailbox “minutes” before the eLOG was received…(great issue but will take more time to read in greater detail!)
  • BMCM Jones 3933 (30 Jul 2018 2:30pm EDT) : The August 2018 eLOG pdf has been sent to 300+ members who request this service.

    Paper copy received today in Florida

  • Elgin Sink (30 Jul 2018 2:28pm EDT) : Nicely processed 15th Commissioning Anniversary covers received today from USS RONALD REAGAN CVN 76 with ship cachet and clear cancel dtd JUL 12 2018).
  • Mike Meister (27 Jul 2018 9:30pm EDT) : Don’t worry Rich, I’ll be there all day and probably a couple of other days and I can tell you all about it.
  • Rich Hoffner (27 Jul 2018 12:34am EDT) : A follow-up on the USCGC Nathan Bruckenthal pictorial at Alexandria. Have you been without your cell phone for eight days? Mine was being repaired and waiting for a part to come in. Well, I survived but the postal folks in Northern Virginia district and Alexandria post office went apoplectic over me not returning their phone calls. They could have tried email, as they also had that to contact me. On getting my phone back, two calls were recorded. One from the Alexandria post office, asking how I was going to pay for the device and asking that I call and give them a credit card number to pay the invoice. So, the request was sent to them on May 24, so yes, wait until a few days before the event to discuss who is paying for it. The second call was from the District, again asking for a credit card number, and giving me until the next day to get back to them or the postmark would not be issued. Yes, I miss their deadline! The day after I got the cell phone back I attempted to call the Alexandria post office. My call was supposed to be transferred to the person who called me, but went to a recording enumerating every service the post office has for me. As I was halfway through the list for the second time, I hung up. I then called the Northern VA District number and got a voicemail. I left a message reminding them that the postmark was approved and in the latest Postal Bulletin and that many collectors had probably already sent for the cancel. I advised them that the cancel should be provided since that seemed to be the only way to provide good customer service. I also offered that if they had not ordered the device, let me know and I would order it and have it shipped to them and pick up the billing for them. The next day the customer service person from Northern VA District called me and advised that the postmark was in place and that there was no charge. No I am not crazy, but working with the USPS at times can make me think I am loosing it.
  • Rich Hoffner (27 Jul 2018 12:13am EDT) : I did hear from the new editor of MPHS and he feels the next issue will be out shortly.
  • Rich Hoffner (27 Jul 2018 12:11am EDT) : Good news that the MPHS will meet at the show. Torn between the Shay presentation and the MPHS meeting.

    I see another conflict. Member Mike Meister (Life as a Navy Postal Clerk) presentation vs USPS First Day of Issue. That is a hard call.

  • Rich Hoffner (26 Jul 2018 11:55pm EDT) : Don Campbell, you might want to check with member Neal J. Mills who lives in San Diego. He is a retired Naval officer. Google his name and you will find his address.
  • Elgin Sink (26 Jul 2018 4:18pm EDT) : Here’s interesting info and history on the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75) for 20TH commissioning anniversary yesterday: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=106473
  • John Young (26 Jul 2018 10:21am EDT) : Ahoy Don,
    Contract Steve Shay and see if he can send you a list of USCS members in your area.
    John Young
  • John Young (26 Jul 2018 10:20am EDT) : Ahoy Don,
  • guest_6020 (25 Jul 2018 8:27pm EDT) : nobody seems to be on chat now. My email address is dcampbell43@cox.net if anybody wants to provide me an answer. Don
  • guest_6020 (25 Jul 2018 8:23pm EDT) : Sir:
    I am a member of USCS. I am currently in San Diego and working on the USS MIDWAY Museum as a volunteer. I would like to contact a member or members of USCS who live in SD. Donald Campbell #10668.
  • Dave Kent (23 Jul 2018 8:14pm EDT) : The MPHS will hold meetings at Columbus, the general meeting, unfortunately, at the same time as Steve Shay’s talk on Saturday. Too many clubs meetings there this year. The next issue of the Bulletin is due out soon (we will hear from the new editor there). Like so many clubs, they are terribly short of willing volunteers.
  • Steve Shay (22 Jul 2018 11:32am EDT) : MPHS has new editor, his name is on their website. They are short a couple of officers though.
  • Elgin Sink (21 Jul 2018 10:23pm EDT) : Rich, I thought MPHS was in the process of changing editors…Perhaps Dave Kent might know.
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Jul 2018 9:15pm EDT) : A member asked if the MPHS was inactive. Come to think of it, I don’t think I have gotten their publication recently. I checked the Columbus show and they do not have any meetings scheduled. Anyone hear from them recently. I sent an email to the treasurer several days ago, but no response yet. Some of their officers are also USCS members, perhaps one of them has some info to share with us?
  • Rich Hoffner (20 Jul 2018 4:52pm EDT) : I had a difficult time in getting info on where to send for the Commissioning pictorial for USCGC NATHAN BRUCKENTHAL WPC 1128. Tracking numbers did not match the address the request was sent to. I was advised by “the caves” to watch the PB for the details. Here is the mailing address for the pictorial dates 7-25-18: Alexandria VA Station, Pictorial Postmark Request, 1100 Wyath St., Alexandria VA 22314-9998.
  • Dave Kent (20 Jul 2018 3:34pm EDT) : The error in INTREPID’s branch number was noted long ago and will be corrected in the next edition. Interestingly, the typo was made while correcting an incorrect number that Jim Russell used in the previous (1980) edition. Poor old ship don’t get no respect.
    EFFINGHAM straight line has not been previously reported. Please send a photocopy.
  • Rich Hoffner (20 Jul 2018 2:58pm EDT) : Steve, does this mean that the 1977 catalog has a typo and should show BR # as 15389? I can usually accept covers that have been through the Freiberg and Russell collections as this was. So, a note to be made to correct the catalog.
  • Steve Shay (20 Jul 2018 8:28am EDT) : Rich, Branch 15387 was LST 805
  • Rich Hoffner (20 Jul 2018 1:18am EDT) : Newly discovered Nicholson cover, EFFINGHAM APA 165 LD in C, two line marking, SL dated cancel 5-16-46. Not in the Ludo Janssens catalog or additional lists done after the catalog was published. Also SL cancel is not in the 1997 postmark catalog. Scan available if anyone wants to see it.
  • Rich Hoffner (19 Jul 2018 9:26pm EDT) : Charlie H, I mailed something to John B yesterday and included a note to call you.
  • Rich Hoffner (19 Jul 2018 9:25pm EDT) : Need info on a Branch # cancel. I have a cover from 1945 annotated USS Intrepid CV 11, in pen no less! But Br # is 15389 (t-9) on this cover. Our postmark catalog lists Intrepid Br # as 15387. What ship used 15389?
  • Rich Hoffner (18 Jul 2018 11:43am EDT) : Plans are afoot to also issue a Cinderella stamp to be available at the USCS table at the Columbus show next month. Designed by Greg C, the “stamp” will feature the USCS Logo. I suspect someone will also design a cinderella stamp cover for the table in addition to the USCS convention cover that is planned. Will be a great show with the passports, special markings, first day of issue ceremonies and of course a great mix of naval cover dealers. Where will you be? I’ll see you there.
  • Rich Hoffner (18 Jul 2018 11:33am EDT) : Have to make contact again with SUPPO of LPD-27. Sent covers for the ships regular postmark for USCS cover service for FDC date. He says he gave them to LS, but nothing has shown up.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 Jul 2018 10:44am EDT) : As anyone received covers back from USS Ralph Johnson DDG 114 or USS Portland LPD 27 using their ships postmark? I have sent several times to each ship with no results. I don’t want to waste my time or money if it is a “black hole”.
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Jul 2018 6:54pm EDT) : https://stamps.org/userfiles/file/shows/stampshow/Schedule.pdf
  • Charlie Hamilton (15 Jul 2018 7:50pm EDT) : Trying to get in touch with John Beirne. If anyone has contact with him please ask him to call me at 540-7293387 or email me at chamil302@aol.com. Thanks in advance for the help. Hope to see you at the convention.
  • Rich Hoffner (15 Jul 2018 3:20pm EDT) : Great day to sit outside and sort through covers. It is sunny this afternoon in the Indian Valley and 79 in the shade.
  • Rich Hoffner (15 Jul 2018 3:17pm EDT) : Wondering out loud. Will tehre be a fire breathing dragon at the convention? A recent APS show featured the Ice Cream issue and pictorial cancels and they had free ice cream on Sunday. A dragon could be a tad dangerous so the Columbus Fire Department should stand-by.
  • Rich Hoffner (15 Jul 2018 3:13pm EDT) : Opps… didn’t auto fill this time. guest 780 was me.
  • guest_780 (15 Jul 2018 3:13pm EDT) : The July issue of the American Philatelist reports the APS will be handing out free “passports” to attendees at the Summer show in Columbus and that society tables will have a marking to apply to the passport. In addition to that stamp we are in the process of having another marking available at our table. Greg C designed it. The theme of the APS summer show is dragons. Greg found a dragon with a significant U S Navy history. The USCS will also have a cover at the show commemorating the USS COLUMBUS SSN 771 designed by Mike Gilbert.
  • LBBrennan (10 Jul 2018 5:50pm EDT) : Greetings checking in. Happy last day 90 plus degree day for a while Larry
  • Elgin Sink (10 Jul 2018 2:07pm EDT) : Nicely processed RIMPAC 2018 covers received today from USS CARL VINSON CVN 70 nice cachet and cancelled JUL 03 2018 with “spray-on” from HONOLULU dtd 06 JUL ‘18 (missing the cancel) and “RIMPAC 2018 HAWAII” handwritten wording added by the LS clerk…always great response from this carrier.
  • Stewart B. Milstein (09 Jul 2018 8:34pm EDT) : The Sales Circuit has Lindner 820P black album pages, perfect for sheets of stamps and documents for sale at $1.00 per page. (versus $2.20 per if new). They are in very good condition. Tell me how many you want and I will give you the shipping price,
  • Elgin Sink (09 Jul 2018 6:04pm EDT) : ‘Arrived home yesterday from my week at the OBX to find the July hard copy periodical rate LOG waiting in my mailbox…as usual a nice issue. Another member’s copy from nearby Mechanicsburg was folded inside my issue so put that back in my mailbox to be forwarded to him.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (01 Jul 2018 6:54pm EDT) : July hard copy Log arrived Saturday in Pittsburgh.
  • John Young (30 Jun 2018 2:37pm EDT) : Ahoy Mates,
    July eLOG arrived Friday morning & hard copy arrived in the lower Hudson
    Valley in today’s mail.


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