Collecting Ships Covers Postal History

Ship Covers for collectors had their beginnings with simple letters and postcards from a sailor writing to the family or girlfriend back home. First authorized by Congress in 1908, ships established their own ship’s post office and thus began a wonderful area for collectors. As with all things philatelic, the hobby took off and soon the covers bore cachets (artwork decorating the cover), and ships took to producing special event cancels. Of special interest are the cancels commemorating ship visits to foreign ports.

Adding interest for collectors of Naval Covers are the cachets; artwork of printed, stamped or hand drawn designs added to naval covers. Below is a nice inventory of Crosby covers that can be identified by a a small photograph of the ship glued to the cover and a thermograph, raised design, cachet.

At iHobb.com we maintain a good stock of ship covers, but it is a challenge keeping them in stock as this facet of the hobby is vibrant and interest is high.

USS Constitution-Portsmith NH
Code: A1233*Cover
Price: $20.00
USS Constitution : Portsmith NH Navy Day Cachet... more info
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USS Constitution-Portland
Code: A1218*Cover
Price: $10.00
USS Constitution : Portland, Oregon ... more info
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USS Constitution-USS Relief Salutes
Code: A1240*Cover
Price: $25.00
USS Constitution : USS Relief Salutes Crosby Cachet (red)... more info
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USS Constitution-Boston
Code: A1241*Cover
Price: $20.00
USS Constitution : Boston Dumont (pink) U.S.C.S. #145... more info
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USS Constitution-Boston
Code: A1242*Cover
Price: $25.00
USS Constitution : Boston Dumont (green) U.S.C.S. #146... more info
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USS Constitution-Port Townsend
Code: A1221*Cover
Price: $17.50
USS Constitution : Port Townsend ... more info
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USS Constitution-San Diego
Code: A1234*Cover
Price: $30.00
USS Constitution : San Diego Schramm Ritchell Hand Painted Cachet... more info
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USS Constitution-San Diego
Code: A1239*Cover
Price: $25.00
USS Constitution : San Diego Norris Crosby Cachet with Photo... more info
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U.S.S. Relief San Pedro
Code: A1100*Cover
Price: $1.00
U.S.S. Relief San Pedro 1932 Hospital Ship... more info
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U.S.S. Relief  Navy Mothers
Code: A1101*Cover
Price: $5.00
U.S.S. Relief Navy Mothers 1937 Hospital Ship... more info
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U.S.S. Relief Navy Day 1934
Code: A1102*Cover
Price: $5.00
U.S.S. Relief Navy Day 1934 Hospital Ship... more info
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Panama Canal FDC USS Charleston
Code: B1029*Covers
Price: $5.00
U.S. #856 First Day of Issue cancelled in the Canal Zone on the U.S.S. Charleston... more info
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