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USCS Handbook

The USCS Handbook is an official publication of the Universal Ship Cancellation Society, Inc.  Programs and benefits described herein are available to all members of the Society.  Contact the Secretary – Treasurer for names and addresses of the current Service Managers.

This Handbook was compiled and edited by Robert D. Rawlins, (5490) and David A. Kent (H-5148).

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Catalog of United States Naval Postmarks – in HTML format on Flash Drive

FIFTH EDITION, REPRINTED AND UPDATED DECEMBER 2001

David A. Kent, Editor in Chief

The Universal Ship Cancellation Society has reprinted its “Catalog of United States Naval Postmarks, Fifth Edition” after the first printing sold out. The 548 page book is the most comprehensive reference on Navy ship postmarks and Naval postal history ever published. The Universal Ship Cancellation Society has published earlier postmark catalogs, but this reprinted edition represents the most up-to-date catalog ever available.

Postmarks are classified according to an organized system that was completely revised and updated to reflect modern canceling devices, and is described in detail in the 40 page introduction. The introduction also provides in-depth information on the history and operation of post offices aboard navy ships, and the format of the listings.

There are 388 pages of listings of all Navy ships that have had post offices since the first was opened in 1908. Dates describe the ship’s period(s) of service with the Navy and the date(s) when it operated a post office. Listings include every distinguishably different postmark ever reported to have been used by the ship. Footnotes describe its final disposition if not still active. The book is up to date through 1996 and a 16 page addendum includes new information developed since the original printing.

Postmarks are not valued in dollars, but rather with a broad set of scarcity codes, A, B, C and four levels of “Rare.” The introduction explains that scarcity codes were used because the postmark is only one feature of a cover, and other features may affect its actual selling price much more than the postmark alone. The listings are followed by a 114 page appendix illustrating all postmarks that could not be classified uniquely by the standard system.

The catalog lists more than 5,000 ships, ranging from the U.S. Frigate Constitution to the modern aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis. More than 40,000 different postmarks are listed for these ships. The illustration pages include some 3,000 clear drawings of postmarks of all kinds.

The 548 page book is a loose leaf, 3 hole punched, photocopy ready to insert in a binder. The “Catalog of United States Naval Postmarks, Fifth Edition, Reprinted” (ISBN 0-9657316-0-X)

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16 Page Supplement to the Catalog of United States Naval Postmarks

5th Edition

The catalog was issued in 1997 and the supplement provides information to bring the catalog current as of December 2000.

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Naval Cachet Makers Catalog Volume I – printed

Compiled and edited by R.D. Rawlins, USCS 5490

Nearly 600 pages of text and illustrations of 950 individuals or groups 
who have sponsored cachets for Naval covers since 1930.

member price for Complete catalog, 8 1/2 x 11, punched for a three ring binder, $40.00 media mail
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View Sample Pages Walter G. Crosby USCS #69

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Naval Cachet Makers Catalog Volume I – in PDF format on Flash Drive

Compiled and edited by R.D. Rawlins, USCS 5490

Nearly 600 pages of text and illustrations of 950 individuals or groups
who have sponsored cachets for Naval covers since 1930.

member price for complete catalog on Flash Drive (PDF format) $30.00 media mail
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View Sample Pages Walter G. Crosby USCS #69

 

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Naval Cachet Makers Catalog Volume II – in PDF format on Flash Drive

Compiled and edited by R.D. Rawlins, USCS 5490

Over 300 pages of text and illustrations of over 70 USCS Chapters and over 15 American Naval Cancellation Society Crews who have sponsored cachets for Naval covers since 1930.

member price for complete catalog on Flash Drive (PDF format) $30.00 media mail
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View Sample Page for ANCS Viking Chapter

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Naval Cachet Makers Catalog Volume II – printed

Compiled and edited by R.D. Rawlins, USCS 5490

Over 300 pages of text and illustrations of over 70 USCS Chapters and over 15 American Naval Cancellation Society Crews who have sponsored cachets for Naval covers since 1930.

member price for Complete catalog, 8 1/2 x 11, punched for a three ring binder, $40.00 media mail
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View Partial Introduction

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View Sample Page for ANCS Viking Chapter

 

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All USCS Bulletins and Logs – in PDF format on Flash Drive

78 years of USCS history, events and stories available on DVD for research and reading enjoyment.
All issues from #1 to 918 are fully searchable.

 

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Constitution Book – PDF Version (on flash drive)

Volumes- Revised

by Leon Fields

This USCS publication contains an enormous amount of information for any USS CONSTITUTION cover collector. One can only marvel at the amount of work done by Leon Fields and the USS CONSTITUTION Study Group to amass this much information and then publish these two volumes. Our continued thanks go to Leon posthumously and all others who helped.

 

The organization of the USS CONSTITUTION material

This material was originally published in two paper books each roughly covering half the material. Volume I details cruise from Boston, MA, to just off San Diego, CA, 1 July 1931 to 20 January 1933. Volume II begins with the cruise in San Diego, CA and ends with the ship back in Boston, MA, 21 January 1933 to 8 June 1934. Both Volumes have small appendixes with useful information. All the information from the book has been made into a searchable pdf on the cd. PDF reader is needed to view.

Each Volume consists of two major sections, the Catalog section and the Cachet Section. The Catalog section contains the listing explained below for the time frame of the Volume. The Cachet section contains the illustrations of the cachets/covers.

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 (ISBN 0-9657316-8-5 987-09657316-8-3)

 

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Catalog of United States Naval Postmarks (printed)

FIFTH EDITION, REPRINTED AND UPDATED DECEMBER 2001

David A. Kent, Editor in Chief

The Universal Ship Cancellation Society has reprinted its “Catalog of United States Naval Postmarks, Fifth Edition” after the first printing sold out. The 548 page book is the most comprehensive reference on Navy ship postmarks and Naval postal history ever published. The Universal Ship Cancellation Society has published earlier postmark catalogs, but this reprinted edition represents the most up-to-date catalog ever available.

Postmarks are classified according to an organized system that was completely revised and updated to reflect modern canceling devices, and is described in detail in the 40 page introduction. The introduction also provides in-depth information on the history and operation of post offices aboard navy ships, and the format of the listings.

There are 388 pages of listings of all Navy ships that have had post offices since the first was opened in 1908. Dates describe the ship’s period(s) of service with the Navy and the date(s) when it operated a post office. Listings include every distinguishably different postmark ever reported to have been used by the ship. Footnotes describe its final disposition if not still active. The book is up to date through 1996 and a 16 page addendum includes new information developed since the original printing.

Postmarks are not valued in dollars, but rather with a broad set of scarcity codes, A, B, C and four levels of “Rare.” The introduction explains that scarcity codes were used because the postmark is only one feature of a cover, and other features may affect its actual selling price much more than the postmark alone. The listings are followed by a 114 page appendix illustrating all postmarks that could not be classified uniquely by the standard system.

The catalog lists more than 5,000 ships, ranging from the U.S. Frigate Constitution to the modern aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis. More than 40,000 different postmarks are listed for these ships. The illustration pages include some 3,000 clear drawings of postmarks of all kinds.

The 548 page book is a loose leaf, 3 hole punched, photocopy ready to insert in a binder. The “Catalog of United States Naval Postmarks, Fifth Edition, Reprinted” (ISBN 0-9657316-0-X)

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