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  • Rich Hoffner (21 Nov 2020 2:47pm EST) : BMCM Thanks for the chapter changes. Rich
  • Steve Shay (21 Nov 2020 11:31am EST) : Navo-philatelist of Yesterday
    Myron Fisher McCamley USCS #179
    By John Young, L-8219
    More known as Oregon’s Cachetmaker of the 20 th Century, Myron was an early member (USCS #179) of the Universal Ship Cancellation Society and served at several positions in the days before World War II. Known as “Mac” to his many friends, Myron was born in Leavenworth, Washington on March 26, 1907. After his family had moved several times they settled down near Hood River OR in 1918.
    He began collecting stamps while in high school (1923) and after accumulating duplicates sold them through his mail order business with penny approvals (1924.) He called himself the Waucoma Stamp Company. After graduation from high school, Mac moved to Portland to attend the Behnke Walker Business College. His approval business moved with him and he changed the firm’s name to Multnomah Stamp Company. Mac married Mildred Case in October 1927 and they had two daughters and a son.
    He became interested in collecting First Flights and First Day covers (1928) and eventually began servicing un-cacheted covers for his customers, under the Multnomah Cover Service (1929.) That same year, he became office manager for radio stations KGW and KEX, owned by the Portland Oregonian newspaper, a job he held until 1942.
    It appears that McCamley handled covers for collectors that wanted from ships that attended the American Legion Convention in Portland OR in September 1932.
    A cover is my collection includes a “Conrath Printery” envelope, with manuscript addressee M.F.McCamley, KGW, City and it bears a three straight-line cachet / AMER. LEGION/ CONVENTION/ 9/ 12-15, posted aboard USS OMAHA with type 6 cancel on 12 SEP 1932 at 1 PM. Another covers to a New Jersey collector with similar 3LK posted aboard USS OMAHA on 16 SEP1932 at 7 AM. The cruiser’s mail clerk, H.G. Dyer had serviced other covers with a ship’s American Legion cachet for the National Convention in Portland on 12 SEP 1932 at 9 AM.
    Other ships- USS REDWING, CG, HMCS SKEENA, HMCS VANCOUVER, USS EAGLE # 38 & USS EAGLE #57 visited Portland during the Legion’s convention and had various marking applied to collector’s covers and were brought to the Portland post office for cancellation. I suspect that a notice concerning the event appeared in some philatelic publication, probably inserted by McCamley.
    Mac designed a stamp cachet commemorating the Silver Jubilee of the Portland Rose Festival (8-11 JUN 1933.) The cachet depicts a plane dropping roses upon the “City of Roses.” According to records- the cachet was applied in four different colors and my cover (violent) was posted aboard USS YARNALL (DD 143) on 10 JUN 1933. His next endeavor was a cachet welcoming “Old Ironsides to the Rose City” sponsored by the Auspices Oregon Stamp Society in August 1933.
    During the 1930s, Mac wrote a column entitled “Naval Gossip from the Crow’s Nest” for Hobbies magazine and contributed to other publications i.e. Stamps. Linn’s, Western Stamp Collector, Kaw Chief Stamp Journal and even wrote a stamp column in Portland’s Sunday newspaper “The Oregonian.”
    He was responsible for organizing the Battleship Oregon Chapter #22 with 16 other charter members in the Portland area. The first club meeting was held aboard the Battleship Oregon on September 13, 1934. Covers were sponsored by McCamley and R. B. Hare (USCS #432.) They had previously sponsored printed covers documenting the visit of President Roosevelt to Portland on August 3, 1934. FDR had taken a cruise to the Pacific Northwest aboard USS HOUSTON and took the train back to Washington.
    The chapter sponsored its first cachet for Columbus Day 1934, posted aboard USS MARYLAND (type 7 cancel) on 12 Oct 1934 with three different Navy Day covers (different colors) posted aboard USS PORTLAND (373 covers), USS ASTORIA (373) and Naval Sub Cancel, Oregon (621) The cachet director was Louis Diesing (#695), who handled covers for collectors (1934-36) and Mac took over in 1937. Most of the events documents holidays and Fleet Week in Portland. He also co-sponsored event covers with Robert Kirchgraber (USCS #1673) in the days before World War II.
    Mac served as USCS Director 1936, 1937 & 1938 after becoming a Director in June 1935 because of resignations. Records indicate that he served as the 2 nd VP during 1938-39 and 1 st VP during 1939-40 terms. Official records indicate that Mac asked to be dropped from USCS (March 1941) due to change of interests and lack of funds. Having an interest in earlier merchant ships. Mac probably devoted his time to the International Seapost Cover Club.
    Mac left the Oregonian radio station (1942) and took a job as statistician in the classified advertising department of the newspaper. The new job was a night job that did not appeal to him and went to work for the Willamette Iron & Steel Co., Portland. During the war, Mac went to work at Oregon Shipyards and Vancouver (WA) Shipyards and did join the Coast Guard Reserve (1943-44.)
    A letter from him (May 2, 1998) mentions that Mac volunteered hours, 2 evenings a week interviewing full time recruits into the Coast Guard Reserve, had tan (khakis) & Dress Blues and came out W/S 2/c at the end of the war. The Honeyman Warehouse was used as a Coast Guard Base and barracks during the war. Being married, Mac went home after his shift ended at 10:30PM, but he eat evening meals with the gang.
    Navy Day 1945 saw him producing cachets for TOPEKA, WOODWORTH & TAYLOR posted with type 2 cancels that bore the ship’s name. He used old Chapter #22 holiday cachets for Armistice Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day which were posted aboard post-warships. He rejoined to USCS in November 1945 and he was listed in both 1947 & 1948 USCS yearbooks. The USCS Cachet Catalog has Mac a cover sponsor (1933-42), a printer (1928-50) and cachet artist (1933-50.)
    In later years, According to Emil Cobos Mac donated Chapter #22 (Battleship Oregon) printers’ cuts to the newly formed USS Oregon Chapter #79. The chapter was formed in March 1977 and operated until Emil ceased operations in March 2005. Emil had rubber stamps made of Mac’s holiday cuts that was used on Chapter 79 covers. .
    Mac had been a warehouse superintendent for the Sunset Valley firm in Cedar Mills, OR when he retired in 1971. Known as the Ol’ Scot or Mac to his many friends, he crossed the bar on May 3, 2001 in his 94 th year, as I was informed in a letter from his daughter, Patricia Mattson. She was writing to inform collectors would have their checks returned to them, as Mac was running a cover service.
    I wish to thank Ralph Nafziger (AFDCS) for sending a copy of his article on Mac that appeared in the American First Day Cover Society’s publication “First Days”, July/ August 1980.
  • guest_7660 (20 Nov 2020 12:59am EST) :

    Link seems to give error.

    Try a search on Myron McCamley in upper right corner
  • guest_7660 (20 Nov 2020 12:54am EST) : Guest 7660

    Try this link

    Richard D. Jones
    USCS President
  • guest_7660 (20 Nov 2020 12:52am EST) : Doug McCamley

    We have a biography about your grandfather at this link on this website

    Richard D. Jones
    USCS President
  • guest_7660 (19 Nov 2020 3:06pm EST) : I am Doug McCamley I am not a member I was looking about information on my late grandfather Myron fisher McCamley .and what he did ..and if anybody knows anything about him could they please share with me..?
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (18 Nov 2020 11:07am EST) : Rich-

    The Board voted to declare Moffett #6
    USS KALAMAZOO #75, and USS MICHIGAN #80 chapters as inactive on September 26, 2020.

    Log page 13 November Log
  • Rich Hoffner (17 Nov 2020 10:45pm EST) : I may look into HipStamps for future listings of navals.
  • Rich Hoffner (17 Nov 2020 10:44pm EST) : Several recent messages to sellers on eBay from eBay indicate that they are dumping PayPal after January. Has anyone else deciphered this information the way I did? PayPal is out and proceeds from items sold will be transferred directly to your bank account when the sale closes? Would like to hear from others.
  • Rich Hoffner (17 Nov 2020 10:41pm EST) : Mike Hebert: A letter just went out to each person and chapter who is listed in the current website before we migrate the information to the new website. You were not on the list, so send me what you want listed. Most have name, address, email address (one lists his eBay store) so members can contact you for information on what you have for sale. I will email you the list I am in the process of updating.
  • Mike Hebert (16 Nov 2020 4:43pm EST) : Hi - who can I contact to update my dealer information on the website - please email me Thank You
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Nov 2020 11:32am EST) : Guest 1107. All depends on how you want to dispose of them. Yes, copies would be important to see if any of the covers have any real value. Many covers have a very minimal value and dealers are reluctant to purchase common naval covers.

    You might consider a donation to the Universal Ship Cancellation Society, and it would be a charitable donation to a 501c3 non-profit organization. Thanks for your question.
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Nov 2020 11:25am EST) : Guest 7148. USS HAVEN was a U S Navy hospital ship. By October 1952 she had completed two tours to Korea during the Korean War. From Wikipedia: Haven sailed again for the United States 16 September 1952, and, after the installation of a new flight deck to facilitate helicopter evacuation of patients, once more steamed out of San Diego 24 January 1953. She returned to her regular station in Inchon harbor where during the next 7 months she treated almost 3,000 patients.
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Nov 2020 11:20am EST) : Had am email today from "The Caves" asking for a digital image for the Delbert Black commissioning pictorial at Cape Canaveral, FL. So expect delays in getting your covers back from Cape Canaveral.

    Question. Has anyone received their covers back from Jacksonville (Home Port Sta.) for the same event?
  • guest_1107 (15 Nov 2020 8:16pm EST) : Greetings all, I came across several envelopes in a box that came from my parents. I'm not familiar with these envelopes and wondering if there is anyone that would be interested in them. I can send a list and photos of those that I have.

  • guest_7148 (15 Nov 2020 8:07pm EST) : I have a USS Haven October 14, 1952 Does anyone have any information on this
  • Rich Hoffner (13 Nov 2020 10:31pm EST) : In an effort to update contacts from our chapters I need any changes to the below list. Send to Thanks.
    USS Saginaw Chapter #59,
    San Francisco Bay Area, Steve Shay, 747 Shard Ct., Fremont CA 94539
    USS Ronald Reagan Chapter #107
    California, Ventura County Area, Lee Zeller, 1941 Pamela St., Oxnard, CA 93036,
    USS Nathan Hale Chapter #68
    Connecticut, David A. Kent, PO Box 127, New Britain CT 06050, (203) 667-1400
    Admiral Moffett Chapter #6,
    Chicago Area, Robert Nadolny, 3048 Elaine Ct., Flossmoor, IL 60422-1462
    Admiral Byrd Chapter #11,
    MD, DC, VA Areas, Dick Morain, 302 Lindenshade Ct., Millersville MD 21108-1838
    USS Kalamazoo Chapter #75,
    Southwest Mich/Northeast Indiana Area, Norm Ferguson, 4287 Laurel Dr, Saint Joseph, MI 49085-9360
    USS Michigan Chapter #80,
    Detroit Area, Bob Quintero, 22608 Poplar Ct., Hazel Park MI 48030-1928
    New Jersey
    USS New Jersey Chapter #90
    Northern New Jersey, Phil Schreiber, 123 S Adelaide Ave Apt 3B, Highland Park, NJ 08904-1614
    New York/NJ
    USS Iowa Chapter #98, Staten Island NY, Stewart Milstein, PO Box 340141, Brooklyn, NY 11234-0004 (May-Oct) or PO Box 1051, Cortaro AZ 85652-1051 (Nov-Apr)
    North Carolina
    USS North Carolina Chapter #99,
    North Carolina area, James P. Hanson, 4600 Berini Drive, Durham NC 27705-1709
    Stephen Decatur Chapter #4,
    Delaware Valley Area, Rich Hoffner, 415 Moyer Rd., Souderton PA 18964-2319 (215)721-8606
    USS Columbia Chapter #106
    Oregon/Washington area. Mike Brock, 141 Kingsgate Rd, Lake Oswego OR 97035
    Taze Nicholson Chapter #104,
    Virginia Tidewater Area, Darrell W. Millner, 106 Maxwell Lane, Newport News, VA 23606
    USS Puget Sound Chapter #74, Seattle/Tacoma Area, Robert Clark, P O Box 1864, Snoqualmie WA 98065
    Outside USA:
    Mercator Chapter #85, Belgium, Gunther E. Segers, Eglantierlaan 49, B-2630 Aartselaar, Belgium
    Graf Von Spee Chapter #65,
    Wolfgang Herold, Goslarsche Str 5, Wolfebuttel 38304 Germany
    Virtual Chapters
    DSV ALVIN Study Group
    Visit their Facebook page
    David DuBois,
    N.S. SAVANNAH Chapter #109
    Art Cole, 11004 Louis Dr SE, Huntsville AL 35803-1008
    Visit their Facebook page
    Introduction to NSS Chapter
    NS Savannah Chapter Application
    USS Constitution Chapter #110
    Visit their Facebook page
    Skip Eckel, 36 Paseo Hermoso, Salinas CA 93908-9166
    Coast Guard Chapter #111
    Visit their Facebook page
    John Young, 146 N Lincoln Ave, Pearl River NY 10965-1709
    Pearl Harbor Chapter #112
    Visit their Facebook page
    Lloyd Ferrell, PO Box 2086, Beaverton OR 97075-2086
  • Elgin Sink (02 Nov 2020 3:00pm EST) : Superb hard copy periodical rate NOV LOG was received in central PA today.
  • Lb Brennan (02 Nov 2020 6:15am EST) : Have you worked on your naval cover collection recently. I’ve been sorting and posting a few covers regularly on Facebook. Lots of non-cover collectors are seriously interested in naval things.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (31 Oct 2020 10:50pm EDT) : 300+ November eLOGs have been sent to members who requested this version of the USCS LOG.


    Richard Jones
    Log Editor
  • Elgin Sink (29 Oct 2020 7:12pm EDT) : John, there is much naval activity in the Barents Sea this year noted here:
  • John Young (29 Oct 2020 1:31pm EDT) : Correction: Heard on Facebook that CGC POAR STAR will NOT be going south this year, as she will be heading north to the Bering Sea- sometime in December

    It will be interested to see, who will do
    the break-in to Mc Murdo?
  • John Young (23 Oct 2020 11:43am EDT) : It was me, as guest 3414
  • Elgin Sink (18 Oct 2020 2:45pm EDT) : Possibly guest_3414 is John Young...I'll be trying covers to Antarctica soon hopefully to be cancelled at McMurdo.
  • guest_3414 (16 Oct 2020 1:49pm EDT) : Ahoy Mates! Elgin my CGC POLAR STAR covers that were sent out last December came back on Tuesday with a large OSC
    (bear), spray canceled at Seattle WA on 7 OCT 2020.

    She's heading south again this year and its cutter's 25th voyage to Antarctica & I believe they requested a special cachet.
  • Elgin Sink (13 Oct 2020 2:51pm EDT) : Nice USCGC POLAR STAR covers received today cancelled 10/7/2020 from SEATTLE (but not sent out this year).
  • Rich Hoffner (13 Oct 2020 1:52pm EDT) : More HAPPY NEWS about a pictorial.

    Mr. Hoffner; Yes, I did see communications from Cynthia Weigel in regards to the pictorial for Cape Canaveral FL being approved.

    Thank you,
    Becky Kaiwi
  • Elgin Sink (10 Oct 2020 4:04pm EDT) : Here is interesting info on the Naval Academy's 175th Anniversary today:
  • BMCMJONES (10 Oct 2020 1:13pm EDT) : USS St. LOUIS commissioning covers came back yesterday,

    Most nice strikes
  • BMCMJONES (08 Oct 2020 9:22pm EDT) : Thanks Rich-

    Last few months have been rough getting any event covers returned.

    Keep after them.
  • Rich Hoffner (08 Oct 2020 4:41pm EDT) : I mentioned this on the Facebook page. I saw scans of #10 commemorative covers from Concord and Oakland CA. Three different pictorials, or I thought. As they were not in the PB, I contacted the Cancellations Div to see where to send for these pictorials. I have not had a reply to that message (a recurring theme)?

    So, using Google I tracked the groups mentioned in the pictorials; WWII Veterans History Fund and Pearl Harbor Survivors Sons & Daughters chapter in northern CA. A reply came back quickly that the markings were privately produced to enhance the covers that did for the event.

    Two markings celebrate V-J Day at Concord CA and Oakland CA on Aug 15 the official end of WWII, aka Victory Day. The third celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the surrender documents with a marking from Concord CA.

    During our conversations they asked if I were doing a pictorial in Honolulu HI for 12-7-20 and wondered if I could do a pictorial for a "Lighting Ceremony" at Mount Diablo Lighthouse on the same date which is done yearly to salute veterans. With the help of Wolfgang Hechler, both designs were submitted to the USPS for pictorials.

    They offered to let me use the "markings" if I wanted to do covers, and they mailed the markings to me. If you want these markings on your covers, send me the covers and I will apply the markings. These are pretty large, so don't apply a cachet until you get the covers back. They are about 2" x 4" for the largest one. Two are 1 3/4" x 3 1/2".
  • Rich Hoffner (08 Oct 2020 4:23pm EDT) : Norfolk VA post office pictorials are mostly missing in action. After my complaint to Kansas Ciity (Cancellations Div.), I was advised that they would all be processed. I did get my FDC hand cancels of Norfolk for "WOODY" Williams returned and the pictorial for CHEYENNE. CHEYENNE device was a disaster and it was under inked, oversized and poorly applied. I reported this to Kansas City and asked if they could check with Norfolk and ask that the remaining AWOL pictorials be done with better graphics and in the proper size and cancelled with an ink pad that properly inked. That message has not been answered. I'll give it another shot.
  • Rich Hoffner (08 Oct 2020 4:17pm EDT) : I had confirmation that ST LOUIS will be processed and returned. Snail mail?

    San Diego post office seems to have gone off the rails. Email out for them to explain has been acknowledged but not answered as to the lack of the pictorial. Will give it another shot.
  • guest_1147 (06 Oct 2020 4:00pm EDT) : Hard copy of October issue of USCS Log arrived today in lower Hudson Valley.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (29 Sep 2020 6:27pm EDT) : No St Louis or Kansas City pictorials back. Did just get Montana.
  • bmcmjones (29 Sep 2020 12:04pm EDT) : Rich

    No St Louis covers and no USS KANSAS covers from San Diego.

    No Montana covers either
  • Rich Hoffner (28 Sep 2020 12:59pm EDT) : guest 4166 can you give us a description of the cover, date, event, sondition or cachet maker?
  • Rich Hoffner (28 Sep 2020 12:15am EDT) : Has anyone received their ST LOUIS pictorials back from Jacksonville FL? Date of event was Aug 8, 2020.
  • Rich Hoffner (25 Sep 2020 1:37pm EDT) : Two more pictorial postmarks are being planned, but the designs are awaiting final changes. One is at Concord CA for the Mount Diablo Lighthouse "Lighting Ceremony" held yearly at the lighthouse.

    The other will honor the USS ARIZONA at Honolulu HI pending completion of the design.
  • Rich Hoffner (25 Sep 2020 1:33pm EDT) : A pictorial has been submitted to Newport News VA post office for the anniversary of the aircraft carrier JOHN C STENNIS on Dec 9.
  • Rich Hoffner (25 Sep 2020 1:29pm EDT) : Thanks to member Foster Miller for stepping to the plate and offering to take over the process of submitting pictorial postmarks to the USPS in 2021.
  • Rich Hoffner (25 Sep 2020 1:27pm EDT) : UPDATE ON FREE ENVELOPES:

    I mentioned below that my envelope supplier sent me the wrong envelopes (4,000). They replaced these and did not want them back. So, they are offered here free. Shipping costs by the USPS is ridiculous. The least expensive way I can ship them in 50 via first class flat for 2.80 or 300 via Priority Mail Flat for 7.75. A box of 500 weighs 4 lbs and would cost 21.10 in a Large Flat Rate box. The envelopes are free, but the postage is on you.
  • Rich Hoffner (22 Sep 2020 12:41pm EDT) : FREE ENVELOPES:
    I had a shipment of 4000 envelopes and the wrong ones were shipped to me. Replacements are now on the way to me per the seller. They are 6 3/4, 25% cotton 24# substance, no glue on the flap.
    But, they don't want these envelopes back. When I opened them I found that they all had some wrinkling. Perhaps due to age or shipping problems. I am offering these envelopes free. Any quality you want, just pay return postage. I can weigh the quantity you want and determine the cost of shipping for you. Some weights change due to weight and zones. Please pass this on to others who may be interested. I have a scan of the wrinkling if you want to see the scan, email me at
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Sep 2020 12:07pm EDT) : On the submissions for the USS DELBERT BLACK I have had no response from the USPS CS person. Snail mail copies also went to both post offices (Jacksonville and Cape Canaveral. I suspect they will not be issued.
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Sep 2020 12:04pm EDT) : While a message in next months Log will announce a volunteer for the pictorial postmark program, just hours after the Log went to the printer that volunteer unfortunately decided to decline this position. This makes two members who showed an interest but decided it was not for them. I do not intend to do any submissions for pictorial postmarks in 2021. A volunteer is necessary to carry this on or there will be no naval pictorials submitted for us in 2021.
  • Elgin Sink (15 Sep 2020 2:44pm EDT) : Interesting historic info on David Glasgow Farragut:
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (13 Sep 2020 7:15pm EDT) : Guest 4166, what is the cover - ship name, date, event (commissioning, etc) or just regular everyday cover?
  • guest_4166 (12 Sep 2020 2:01pm EDT) : Can you help me with an evaluation of a cover?
  • Rich Hoffner (10 Sep 2020 2:08pm EDT) : Don't forget, I am not going to continue requesting pictorial cancels at the end of December 2020. If you have an interest in doing these, let me know, I will train for covers. Ha. Sounds sort of like the signs you see people holding along highways, "will work for food".
  • Rich Hoffner (10 Sep 2020 2:05pm EDT) : A "Hail Mary" request was just submitted to teh Customer Services person covering part of FL. Two pictorials were requested; one from Jacksonville FL for DDG 119 "Homeport Station" Commissioning day. The second from Cape Canaveral FL for the commissioning site of DDG119. As I said, these were "Hail Mary" passes and may be rejected. But it was worth trying.
  • Rich Hoffner (10 Sep 2020 2:01pm EDT) : Ray Younkins, an email to9 you was just rejected. Did you change your provider?
  • Dan Goodwin (09 Sep 2020 5:17pm EDT) : Belay that. They just reconsidered.
  • Dan Goodwin (09 Sep 2020 5:15pm EDT) : Facebook has given me the heave-ho. I don't know why or for how long. It seems to be arbitrary.
  • Elgin Sink (07 Sep 2020 5:02pm EDT) : Rich, our president said there should be a pandemic vaccine ready by election day...((-:
  • Rich Hoffner (07 Sep 2020 11:32am EDT) : Edward Githens: I am curious why you would avoid commissioning covers from ships in the 1930's. A few may not have their postal cancels on commissioning day and those would be postmarked at the city where the event took place.

    The others will have the ships cancels and were done aboard.

    Those ships that did not have cancels on commissioning day, usually processed collectors requests for cancels on FDPS (First Day Postal Service), the date the post office opened aboard the ship.

    There is no rule on how to collect and each of us have the ability to collect what pleases us. The bottom line is enjoy your collection and now and then share some of your covers on the USCS Facebook page.
  • Rich Hoffner (07 Sep 2020 11:24am EDT) : We are in Hunt Valley for BALPEX in 2021. So, what do we do? Pray for a vaccine?
  • Rich Hoffner (07 Sep 2020 11:22am EDT) : PLEASE READ:

    I'm still looking for a volunteer to take over the process of applying for pictorial postmarks for naval related events from the U S Postal Service. I have mentioned before that I will stop doing these soon. If you have an interest let me know. I will guide and support anyone who steps forward, with the requirements necessary to get them issued. My last three pictorials submitted are for WEST VIRGINIA, USS COLUMBIA in October at Groton and JOHN C STENNIS at Newport News in December. December is my last one.
  • Elgin Sink (06 Sep 2020 12:27pm EDT) : BALPEX 2020 normally scheduled for this weekend was cancelled due to CORONAVIRUS, but plans are underway for 2021...
  • Steve Shay (05 Sep 2020 2:42pm EDT) : Edward, if the ship name is in the cancel, it was on the ship.
  • Edward Githens (01 Sep 2020 7:51pm EDT) : Thank you, Steve. It actually answers my question: there’s a fairly good chance a cancel may not have been aboard that vessel.

    My primary goal is to obtain cancels that took place aboard (whether there’s an associated cachet or not - I have several that are just cover, cancel, stamp, and address. I’m happy with that). So, in light of that, I should avoid “Commissioning” cancels.

    I look forward to learning more about this hobby from y’all. Thank you!

    - Eddie
  • Steve Shay (01 Sep 2020 5:43pm EDT) : No one answer to your question Edward. If the ship's post office were active on the day of commissioning, then the cancel would be on the ship. But I think more commonly, the ship post office was not established on the day of commissioning so the cancel would be aboard another ship or a shore post office.
  • Edward Githens (31 Aug 2020 9:32pm EDT) : I apologize if this has been answered before - it’s very hard to search forums on a smart phone.

    My question is this: in reference to USN ships in the 1930’s, would a “first day commission” cancel have been struck onboard the vessel, or elsewhere using that ship’s stamp?

    I’m new to the hobby of naval covers, and am learning all I can.

    Thank you!
  • Bob Lamb (30 Aug 2020 8:23pm EDT) : Rich Hoffrner - Crop anything before creating the JPEG ? That's what I do
  • Bob Lamb (30 Aug 2020 8:21pm EDT) : I have been using Word and Mailchimp for our VFW. Complete the document or scan in Word and then use the Sniping tool to create a JPEG. Upload in Mailchimp. Probably the most complicated thing I know how to do on a PC. 🙂
  • BMCMJONES (29 Aug 2020 11:14am EDT) : Rich Hoffner
    I use Snipping Tool which is part of Microsoft programs. I snip the area to be used and drop it into PAINT and crop it and clean it up there Then I save it as a JPEG
  • John Young (28 Aug 2020 6:49pm EDT) : It appears Roger Wentworth passed away as his obit is on USCS Facebook page.

    Rest in Peace & thanks for the covers.
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Aug 2020 7:19pm EDT) : Any computer geeks out there? Since I started to use Microsoft Word 2019 I have been unable to crop JPEGs or photos that I download? Any ideas? Do I need to purchase another Microsoft program to "crop" stuff? All help appreciated.
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Aug 2020 7:15pm EDT) : Opppsss... should be BB-63.
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Aug 2020 5:13pm EDT) : Elgin, a similar cancel will be available in Honolulu for the surrender ceremony aboard the USS MISSOURI BB-62 at Honolulu on 9-2-20.
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Aug 2020 5:07pm EDT) : Someone just reported their USS ALBANY anniversary covers returned that were AWOL in Norfolk (4-7-20). Perhaps the ice-jam is about to clear up. Covers are out there sine June 2019.
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Aug 2020 5:04pm EDT) : USCGC MELLON WHEC 717 has been decommissioned. I have conflicting dates of 8-20-20 and 8-21-20. I am trying to determine exactly where she was decommissioned in Seattle. Was she at the Coast Guard base for the ceremony?
  • Elgin Sink (21 Aug 2020 11:03am EDT) : Thanks, Neal...covers have already been sent.
  • Neal Mills (21 Aug 2020 9:32am EDT) : Elgin Sink - Yes, they have a 30 day grace period.
  • Elgin Sink (20 Aug 2020 2:06pm EDT) : Noticed nice cancels on the Facebook site received for 10th anniversary of the USS MISSOURI from Hawaii...Does this have the usual 30 day USPS grace period?
  • Rich Hoffner (19 Aug 2020 7:03pm EDT) : Leonhard Venne has solicited the assistance of Darrell Millner to help with the pictorials for Newport News. After TUCSON and MONTANA the next pictorial in Newport News will be the anniversary of the STENNIS in December.
  • Rich Hoffner (19 Aug 2020 6:59pm EDT) : All the work involved in trying to solve the AWOL covers for pictorials that have been submitted have worn me out. Looking back on unraveling problems with Bath ME, Norfolk and Honolulu post offices were like pushing a rock uphill. Two offices who published pictorials but never serviced covers are acting dumber then rocks. One office offered, "I'm new here and don't know anything about it". Another office with a new postmaster simple says "I don't see your envelopes anywhere". I am worn out. I am not going to submit pictorial postmarks in 2021. If anyone wants to continue with this, contact me and I'll be hands and point you in the right direction until you are comfortable doing it.
  • Rich Hoffner (19 Aug 2020 6:48pm EDT) : BMCM Jones, my bad for not reading your column more closely. I never noticed it.
  • Rich Hoffner (19 Aug 2020 6:46pm EDT) : Light at the end of the runnel. It's there! "The Caves" is inquiring as to the dates I submitted for pictorials at Norfolk post office sinse June 2019. They also asked for digital images of the pictorials. It took me an hour to pull it all together and answer them. Hopefully this will be step one in them working their way through all the requests that went AWOL since June 2019.
  • guest_9908 (14 Aug 2020 2:40pm EDT) : companies that still sell prerelease first day cachet envelopes
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (13 Aug 2020 12:17am EDT) : Nominations formally open 1 September for the coming slate of nominees.

    Chair of Nominating Committee is David Kent.

    Slate of nominees will be printed in the December Log along with bios and photo as we have done for 20 + years.

    I have been seeking nominees in the President's column on page 5 every month since the January 2020 USCS Log.
  • Rich Hoffner (12 Aug 2020 3:30pm EDT) : I had a phone call today from the Newport News post office and learned that the clerk who handled our pictorial postmarks had a stroke and was recovering at home. He did not know if she would return to work or not. He had a mailing from me requesting pictorials for TUCSON and MONTANA and did not know what to do. I have asked member Leonhard Venne to call or stop in and let them know our relationship with past pictorial cancels.
  • Rich Hoffner (11 Aug 2020 9:57pm EDT) : Has anyone heard from the USCS nominating committee with reference to who has been asked to run or laying out the dates that are coming up to report the slate of candidates for the next fiscal year or information on self-nominating? I mention this because no one has asked me yet if I will run and nothing has appeared in the Log about the nominations and the process. Perhaps the information will be in next months Log, but that seems a tad late.
  • Darlene Hall #12547 (11 Aug 2020 10:37am EDT) : In the August 2020 issue, the photo on page 20, with the caption identifying the ship as the USS Birmingham, is not correct. That photo is actually of the USS Pennsylvania; a comparison with the photo right next to it makes that clear. For a photo showing the flight from the USS Birmingham, Please visit
    or scroll through
    One can see that the superstructure of the Birmingham is very different from that of the Pennsylvania.
    Just thought I'd point that out.
  • Mike Meister (07 Aug 2020 4:07pm EDT) : Thanks for the info Rich, Thad and Elgin. The covers going in boxes are all in sleeves. I will be giving Pittsburgh File & Box a call.
  • Rich Hoffner (07 Aug 2020 3:29pm EDT) : Computer is back but I am swamped trying to "catch up"
  • Rich Hoffner (07 Aug 2020 3:27pm EDT) : Mike M. Ditto on the info Thad K shared. I, having had covers in corrugated boxes manufactured specifically for covers, knew nothing about the browning or acid toning that could occur. I did have covers in such storage boxes for decades (purchased from Blackstamps in New Jersey). Later years had me switch to vinyl six quart size containers made by Iris "Modular Box". The way the lids go on leaves a little space for "breathing". As the years move on I am sleeving more and more covers, already in these containers and covers I am adding day by day.
  • Elgin Sink (07 Aug 2020 2:26pm EDT) : Mike, I use quality plastic shoe box size (or bigger) storage containers for excess dupe covers and my best covers are stored in G-K acid-free archival cover albums available by Subway Stamps in Altoona PA (800.221.9960) and also similar Scott Albums are sold via Linn's.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (07 Aug 2020 11:15am EDT) : Mike M. - I just spoke to the owner of Pittsburgh File and Box (412413-5465). They aren't too far from me here in Pittsburgh, He said they are not archiival quality but he uses only top quality material in there making. He said the cost would be extreme and getting the material to make archival isn't easy. He said by putting the covers in the sleeves protects the covers and there is very, very low acid in the product he uses. He said it would take decades to have covers turn yellow in the boxes themselves and the sleeves would stop it altogether. They are a mom and pop operation... not many left. They will only continue to make cover size boxes as long as there continues to be a market. Thought I would pass it along... give them a call. Nice people.
  • Mike Meister (05 Aug 2020 5:19pm EDT) : Rich. I'm not sure if the ones for FDC storage offered by Pittsburgh Fil & Box are archival quality or not.
  • Rich Hoffner (04 Aug 2020 8:19pm EDT) : John Macco. My PC is down or I would send the PDF file to you. As far as I can remember nothing has returned since last June. For the rest of 2020 I will do NPNSB&DDCo anniversaries at Newport News P.O.
  • Rich Hoffner (04 Aug 2020 8:16pm EDT) : JY, any city announced for MELLON? Bremerton? Seattle?
  • Rich Hoffner (04 Aug 2020 8:11pm EDT) : Mike, don't uses corrugated unless they are archival quality.
  • Rich Hoffner (04 Aug 2020 8:09pm EDT) : I just posted the latest Decatur Chapter "Newseyletter" on our Facebook page. It announces I will l not be working on requesting pictorials in 2021. Any takers? I will offer hands on training and guidance if someone wants to take this on.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (01 Aug 2020 12:04am EDT) : 300+ eLOGs for August have been mailed along with the USCS Cancellation Catalog updates for 2019-2020.


    Richard Jones
    Log editor
  • BMCMJONES (30 Jul 2020 10:18am EDT) : ST LOUIS pictorial info is in today's Postal Bulletin.

    Commissioning is 8 August at Mayport.

    Video live of ceremony will be shown--Limited attendance on base.
  • Mike Meister (29 Jul 2020 11:37pm EDT) : What size boxes does anyone use for storing covers? I'm thinking of ordering some from Pittsburgh file & box.
  • john young (29 Jul 2020 10:44am EDT) : Ahoy Mates, Looks like USCGC MELLON will be decommissioned 20 AUG 2020 after 52 years of service. Guess she will join sister-ship in VietNam Navy?? She completed last ALPAT on July 7 and is in homeport: Seattle
  • john Macco (27 Jul 2020 2:11pm EDT) : Thad- I would be interested in a list of missing covers.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (24 Jul 2020 8:59am EDT) : John Macco... that's how I felt with all the covers and money I lost at Honolulu post office. Never anything back from them either. Norfolk has gotten pretty bad.
  • john Macco (23 Jul 2020 7:09pm EDT) : My last post should have been directed to Rich Hoffner who sent the 17 page letter to the caves. I can see how one can frustrated when you do not get even a simple reply to an inquiry
  • john Macco (23 Jul 2020 9:15am EDT) : Kevin Colton is who i am directing this email.
  • john Macco (23 Jul 2020 9:14am EDT) : Kevin- Can you send me a copy of the 17 page letter you sent to the Caves? t would tell me what covers are missing. I saw facebook post. My email address is spacecovers2003(at) Thanks.
  • Neal Mills (22 Jul 2020 9:43am EDT) : Stewart - I sent an email to Greg Finnegan asking him to contact you.
  • Stewart Milstein (21 Jul 2020 5:49pm EDT) : My computer is in the shop and I am working from memory. Can some one please let Greg Finnegan know that I am trying to get in Touch with him. Thanks
  • Neal Mills (18 Jul 2020 9:37am EDT) : Susie R. - Hi
  • john Macco (17 Jul 2020 4:14pm EDT) : I just received the Nimitz 45th anniversary cancels from Newport News. great cancels. I second the opinion on the Fleet week NY cancels. superb job
  • Susie R. (17 Jul 2020 2:52pm EDT) : Hey everyone
  • Rich Hoffner (17 Jul 2020 1:34pm EDT) : I have an email out to Becky Kaiwi, Consumer Affairs for JAX FL post office (She was in Honolulu HI many year in the same position and did terrific work for us). The LCS-19 FDC pictorial is approved. She is not at the usual address we use when sending to Jacksonville, so I have asked what address should we use.
  • Rich Hoffner (17 Jul 2020 1:29pm EDT) : Naval Surface Forces (Twitter Post of 7-16-200
    Out of an abundance of caution the pier and ship were cleared of personnel due to an initial shift in the ship’s list. Personnel are now pier side. We will continue to monitor as the ship settles.
  • Rich Hoffner (17 Jul 2020 1:23pm EDT) : The Acting Supervisor of Honolulu Consumer Affairs has not answered my email as to where to send for the USS MISSOURI anniversary pictorial.
  • Rich Hoffner (17 Jul 2020 1:20pm EDT) : Thank John Young for the perfect strikes of the NY FW pictorials. John mentioned hundreds of requests going to China and Hong Kong.
  • Rich Hoffner (17 Jul 2020 11:45am EDT) : I doubt that the pictorial requested at Pascagoula MS for TRIPOLI LHA 7 was issued. I tried three times this week to try to confirm by phone if it was issued. Personnel there did not have a clue, which to me indicates that the request for the pictorial was not processed. One said he was sort of new and had no information on it. Another call indicated I should call back Wednesday when she would be in. I called Wednesday and was told the Postmaster was out sick to call Thursday when the supervisor would be in, and another call went unanswered. It was a great design by Wolfgang. If anyone else has any information let us know. It was not in the Postal Bulletin. A very well done pictorial provided by Wolfgang Hechler.
  • Elgin Sink (16 Jul 2020 9:02pm EDT) : John, Try 64144-9998
  • john Macco (16 Jul 2020 5:54pm EDT) : What is the zip code for the Caves in Kansas City?
  • john Macco (16 Jul 2020 5:24pm EDT) : Today I received back the Fleet Week New York cancels superbly serviced.
  • Elgin Sink (15 Jul 2020 1:11pm EDT) : Here is interesting info about today's commissioning of USS TRIPOLI LHA 7...
  • Rich Hoffner (11 Jul 2020 11:34am EDT) : Per member David Durbin, a mailing address for Honolulu pictorial for 10th Anniversary of USS Missouri.

    Horace K. Dudoit, III, Acting Supervisor
    USPS, Accountable Papers Depository
    Honolulu District Consumer Affairs Office
    USS Missouri 10th Anniv. postmark
    3600 Aolele Street, Room 333
    Honolulu, HI 96820

    I have an email out to Mr. Dudoit be sure this is the correct person but I don't expect an answer until Monday.
  • Rich Hoffner aka guest_670 (10 Jul 2020 7:37pm EDT) : Interesting SASE came in yesterday. Cancelled by USS Laboon dated July 8. But inside were two covers from USS Ramage DDG 61, OSC on the two covers, no cancel on the stamps, but the reverse both had a strike of the ships AP chop of Ramage dated May 27. Strange!
  • Rich Hoffner aka guest_670 (10 Jul 2020 4:26pm EDT) : A note from member David S Durbin indicates that there will be a pictorial cancel at Honolulu HI on July 31 for the 10th Anniversary of the USS MISSOURI SSN 780. Since I have lost use of all access to my Microsoft word files I can't show the mailing address for the cancel. It is the Aoele St address (not sure on spelling) but if you have files you can find the proper address. I don't know who is currently servicing covers there, so do not use the name of the person who used to to the covers, She has moved on to another post in the Honolulu post office and no longer has anything to do with cancelling covers for collectors.

    There is also a design available at the Groton CT post office for this event.
  • Rich Hoffner aka guest_670 (10 Jul 2020 4:16pm EDT) : A Zoom meeting of the Website Committee was held on the 8th. All went well. We have embraced a "forum" over a chat. I have been convinced that a forum will enable uploading graphics, which can not be done with a chat page. Hopefully we will keep it simple, following the KISS principle.

    We also discussed transferring date from the old site to the new site. It was mentioned that we could have the new website up and running in three months or less. Depending on how long it will take to do the work of transferring data. Brain Kreck, our contractor, has promised to create YouTube tutorials to train any of us who might want to volunteer to help with this project. The quicker we can get it done, the quicker the new site will be ready. Additionally it could save thousands of dollars vs paying someone to do it for us.
  • Elgin Sink (10 Jul 2020 4:14pm EDT) : I like the USCS CHAT room, but there is no option to view graphics...Perhaps it is time to move on to the digital age and opt for a better mode possibly on the new forthcoming website, or to continue posting on Facebook. For those not comfortable using Facebook, email could still be used among members with the option of attaching and viewing cover scans when applicable.
  • guest_670 (10 Jul 2020 4:09pm EDT) : Elgin Sink. The date of July 15 is official for TRIPOLI. A pictorial was requested at Pascagoula MS and a pictorial was prepared for the ship. Our initial design incorporated the state of Missouri in the ships T-F pictorial (Fancy postmark). It was submitted. At the last minute, teh SUPPO has asked us to prepare a similar cancel but use the state of Florida in the pictorial, since the Commissioning Committee in FL did so much work he wanted to honor teem. A new device has been ordered and hopefully I'll get it to them before their commissioning using Overnight Express Mail service to them.
  • John Young (09 Jul 2020 7:05pm EDT) : Just a short visit and hard copy of July USCS Log arrived in lower Hudson Valley

    Received word that CHICAGOPEX 2020 was cancelled in November- no ASPP & MPHS convention this year.

    Its been months (NOJEX 2019) since I looked at boxes of naval covers, and last
    USS New Jersey Chapter meeting was in
    March. Miss Milstein's cover circuits!

    Found some items on bidstart today
  • Rich Hoffner (06 Jul 2020 1:30pm EDT) : John M. My second fight to keep the current chat was a major overhaul and crashed affecting the chat. Many cited the lack of use as a reason not to continue the "chat". The chat remained with my persistence but is now heading for what RDR once quoted about a change and said it was going into "the dust bin of history". If any of you feel that the "chat" as we know it should be retained, contact the chair of the committee and let him know your views. My self I do not know why we can't have both. Cost should not be a consideration.
  • Rich Hoffner (06 Jul 2020 1:22pm EDT) : John Macco. The website committee has a virtual meeting scheduled for July 8 with the company hired to create the site for the USCS. Unfortunately, against my protests, the "chat" as we now know it will not be in the new site. They have chosen a "forum" style instead. In our last re-build, we had a forum style page on the Beta test site, and it was not easy to use. I and others assisting with that new site, left information and messages and they were not easy to follow or find. I'm told that the forum is better then a chat page. I have my donuts. But as they say "the proof is in the pudding".
  • Rich Hoffner (06 Jul 2020 1:15pm EDT) : Leonhard Venne is calling Newport News post office to see if they still have any covers not processed for NIMITZ anniversary. Also, some collectors sent to Norfolk VA post office because although they went AWOL in June last year, the NIMITZ pictorial showed up in the PB (6-18-20) with an extension. Showed up "out of the blue" as they say. If anyone got covers back from Norfolk VA post office, please let us know.
  • guest_873 (02 Jul 2020 8:18pm EDT) : hard copy received today in New Jersey
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (30 Jun 2020 10:04pm EDT) : 300+ USCS eLOGS for July issue have been sent.

  • john Macco (29 Jun 2020 7:09pm EDT) : What is the latest on the website overhaul? I can imagine it was delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • john Macco (27 Jun 2020 4:34pm EDT) : I just received back 2 separate requests I sent in 2019 to the USS Wayne E. Meyer DDG-108 returned with only ships crest applied to the covers. I plan to send them back to the ship to get the 4 bar cancel on them.
  • Elgin Sink (21 Jun 2020 8:46pm EDT) : Thanks Rich...I won't send covers to TRIPOLI until I hear something definite. A T-F pictorial commissioning day cancel directly from the ship would be great!
  • john Macco (21 Jun 2020 7:46am EDT) : I had my first return from my 19 mailings on 5-1-20 from the USS Vicksburg. I posted scan of cover on Facebook page. What I also did was send a thank you note to the COPE for their excellent servicing of my request. Maybe if every collector did this, the quality of cancels could improve. Personal choice.
  • Rich Hoffner (20 Jun 2020 11:34pm EDT) : Elgin Sink. I sent a note to the SUPPO LHA 7 and he was unsure that the date is right. He said he would get back to me. A pictorial was submitted to Pascagoula MS. Hope the date is correct. The ship had sent an OK for a T-F pictorial cancel, a year ago, but no sense getting it in place until they can verify the date.
  • Elgin Sink (17 Jun 2020 12:32pm EDT) : "Administrative" commissioning date 15 JULY 2020 for USS TRIPOLI LHA-7
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (16 Jun 2020 7:51pm EDT) : Rich - I sent a message to both DDG 117 and DDG 121 asking for dates and locations for commission. See what I get.
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Jun 2020 11:24am EDT) : On an Arizona 12-7-41 cancel, has not all covers that have surfaced been debunked? One would have to have salvaged the ships machine cancel to create them. I also have doubts that anyone collected mail on Saturday or Sunday to cancel the mail, particularly Sunday. Impossible in my mind.
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Jun 2020 11:19am EDT) : Sad to hear of the MILCOPEX show being canceled. Hopefully the racial strife sweeping the country and COVID-19 situation will be history by then. I will miss all my USCS friends and dealers. Next year is BALPEX. Lets all turn out and make it one of the best USCS conventions ever. Will you be there?
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Jun 2020 11:08am EDT) : Anyone have any news of delays of dates of the following Commissionings:

    USS DELBERT D. BLACK DDG 117 Commissioning Port Canaveral FL 2020

  • Rich Hoffner (14 Jun 2020 11:43pm EDT) : I know several collectors have threatened to give up sending to ships due to covers that do not come back. Those that do come back are welcome. Those that don't, so be it.

    It is our hobby, but not their obligation to cooperate. Most do.

    I predict that the day will come when ships will no longer process mail. That would mean no cancels. Bad? Not so.

    There are hundreds of thousands of covers out there to collect. I collect ships postmarks from 1908 to present. I try to find one of each type from every ship that had a post office. Do I have them all. NOT. But even if ships don't have a postmark in the future, my hobby will continue as I try to fill holes in my naval postmark collection.
  • Rich Hoffner (14 Jun 2020 11:36pm EDT) : My return rates have been great sending to ships. BUT, I only send if I know it is a new cancel that I need AND saw that the ship is servicing covers from posts on the USCS Facebook page. Think about the investment to get two covers processed. At least 2.20 plus cost of the envelopes.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (12 Jun 2020 8:51pm EDT) : MILCOPEX website indicates that the 2020 show has been cancelled.

    Therefore, the USCS Annual Convention that was to take place in Milwaukee Wisconsin September 25-27 2020 has been cancelled.

    Plans will be developed over the next month to have the annual board meeting via some form of internet connection to take care of the USCS business.

    Several of the Awards that normally are presented at the convention have been forwarded to the awardees earlier.

    If you had booked hotel reservations, don't forget to cancel them so you don't get charged as a no-show.
    Stay tuned for updates.
    Richard Jones
    USCS President
  • Elgin Sink (04 Jun 2020 2:32pm EDT) : Hard copy periodical rate June LOG just received today in central PA...Great issue!
  • john Macco (01 Jun 2020 3:20pm EDT) : I just mailed 19 cancel requests to Navy ships. Depending on the return rate, this may be the last time I send for cancels. I do plan to send to ships upon hearing about successes from collectors.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (31 May 2020 1:03pm EDT) : June 2020 eLOG file has been sent to 300+ members.


    Richard Jones
    USCS Log editor
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