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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Misleading Sub-related Headline Of The Day

I'll tell you what, I was shocked when I read the headline of this story in The Galveston County Daily News: "USPS Plans New Stamp For USS Texas". I remembered how much of a battle it'd been to get the commemorative stamps issued by the Post Office for the Submarine Centennial in 2000, and thought: "Wow, those Texas politicians have some serious pull". Then I read what the article really meant by "stamp":
The U.S. Postal Service in Galveston issued a special pictorial postmark in tribute to the Sept. 9 commissioning of the USS Texas.
The commissioning of the nuclear submarine is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 9 on Pier 10 in Galveston.
The special stamp, also called a cancellation, depicts a submarine inside the outline of the state of Texas, with a star marking Galveston Island.
It also includes the sub’s name, USS Texas SSN-775, and the date of the commissioning.
For those members of the press who still aren't quite sure of the difference -- This is an example of a cancellation:

And these are examples of stamps:

(Thanks to the NavSource Sub Photo website for the cancellation picture.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neat pic of submarines for a stamp.

8/31/2006 4:12 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting the examples of what a pictorial cancellation looks like and what a stamp is.

For those who served as PAOs or were in admin in the subs, you know there is a large group of folks that collect these letters (covers) from both subs and surface ships for major events in the life of the vessel.

Check out Universal Ship Cancellation Society's website at for samples. Your boat might be listed there!

8/31/2006 6:31 PM


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