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Cover of the Month

July Cover
USS Pompano SS-181
Steve Shay (#L-10821)
This hand painted cachet was drawn by Eugene Mueller for the commissioning of the submarine USS Pompano at Mare Island June 12, 1937. Mueller was USCS member #255 and he prepared covers for the Freebooter and Independence Crews of the ANCS.
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Member of the Month

Rear Admiral Kemp Tolley, USN (Retired)
Member #8090
The son of an active duty US Army officer, born at Ft. McKinley, Manila, Philippines on 29 April 1908, Rear Admiral Kemp Tolley, U S Navy (Retired) was graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1929 and died on 28 October 2000. He was a friend of naval cover collectors and a USCS member. Admiral Tolley was the guest speaker at the 1977 USCS National Convention held in the Hilton National Center, Arlington VA, sponsored by the Adm. Byrd Chapter.
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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.

Free Offer From the Universal Ship Cancellation Society

Interested in US Naval, Marine, Coast Guard, and Maritime Postal History? How about foreign navies and merchant vessels? Or topics like Antarctic expeditions, space launch recovery missions, sunken ships, ocean liners, or the like? All of that and more is the domain of the Universal Ship Cancellation Society, which boasts an award-winning monthly journal (the Log) and a museum, website, facebook presence, chat room, sales circuit, and publications.

We would like for you to get to know us, so if at all interested, please send your email address to USCS Secretary Steve Shay at We will send you the next three monthly issues of the LOG by email – free, with no obligation.

American Philatelic Society Affiliate #98. In our 85th Year.

Visit the Naval Cover Museum, owned and operated by the Universal Ship Cancellation Society.  The museum is a digital archive of Naval Covers to aid in the preservation and research of this unique historical record and art form.  The Museum collection consists of scanned images of Naval Covers or parts of Naval Covers. The images are grouped into various categories including by ship name, cachet maker as well as several subject groupings.

Cover of the Month:
USS Pompano SS-181
Cover by
Steve Shay (#L-10821)
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