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Monday, November 27, 2006

All Submarines Look Alike To The USPS

Update 1950 28 Nov: Check fire. It turns out the item discussed below, while sold at and apparently licensed by the Post Office, is actually from a company called American Stamp Collectibles, so the USPS probably shouldn't be held responsible for their error.
A submariner E-mailed with a scan of a Postmark Gallery he bought at his post office for $29.95 that honors the U.S. Navy. It has a picture of a submarine on it:

He thought the picture of the submarine didn't look like any American submarine he'd ever seen, so he did some digging, and found the picture they used on the montage:

As most submariners can tell, that's not an American boat. In fact, it's a South Korean Type 209/1200 Chang Bogo-class sub, apparently the Nadaeyung (SS 069). (The picture was originally taken from Navy NewsStand.)

Cookie has more over at his site. (Bad word warning!)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Rathergate of stamps.
Does show a lack of concern for truth and accuracy. The USPS has been PC for many years now, so this is really not surprising.

11/27/2006 10:04 PM

Blogger WillyShake said...

C'mon, do you really expect them to show initiative and creativity? If it doesn't add to their cushy government pension, then don't hold your breath!

How sad.

11/28/2006 6:08 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just another fine example of our government at work.

11/28/2006 9:19 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has now been reported via e-mail to the USPS Inspector General.

Pilers-on may contribute via: hotline(at)

11/28/2006 12:37 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good thing it was a ROK sub the USPS inadvertently chose not a communist neighbor's, wasn't it?

Can anyone positively identify the red flag (to left) of the Stars and Stripes in the montage? - Sonarchap

11/28/2006 2:07 PM

Anonymous Byron Audler said...

Marine Corps, Sonarchap?

11/28/2006 2:57 PM

Anonymous Greg "Gunner" Stitz said...

The funny part is, I've seen that in my local Post Office for several months (maybe six, maybe longer) and never looked at it that closely.

11/28/2006 5:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure that we have the attention of the USPS just yet. Received an Internet "form letter" from them (below), which does not exactly inspire one to believe that they've managed to get on top of this:

"Thank you for contacting the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General Hotline. The information you provided will be added to our complaint database.

"Allegations involving any type of Internet fraud are under the jurisdiction of the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). You can access information on how to contact the IFCC and (NW3C) to file a complaint at or

"You can also contact the Federal Trade Commission by telephone at 1-877-438-4338 or online at:"


I wonder if they would understand the acronym "W.T.F."?

I'd encourage others to contact them per my previous note to try and pry these guys off of top-dead-center.

11/30/2006 8:19 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.S. But let's remember not to be too hard on the Cliff Clavins at the USPS...the phrase "going postal" comes to mind. Let's just push 'em till they get a human involved.

11/30/2006 8:23 AM


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