First day cover for the U.S.S. PENNSYLVANIA

first day cover

USA, OH, Mansfield
overall: 3-3/4 x 6-1/2 in.

First day cover for the U.S.S. PENNSYLVANIA (BB-38, built 1915), battleship; front of envelope has cachet in blue and red ink featuring two cupids holding heat criss-crossed with bands that form an "X", printed on left "VALENTINE DAY/ FEBRUARY 14, 1938"; two stamps on right, top stamp features portraits of John Paul Jones on left and John Barry on right with three square-rigged vessel in the middle, printed on stamp "UNITED STATES POSTAGE/ JONES/ BARRY/ BON HOMME RICHARD LEXINGTON/ 1 ONE CENT 1", stamp on bottom features portrait of Nathan Hale, printed on stamp "UNITED STATES POSTAGE/ NATHAN HALE/ 1/2 CENT 1/2"; stamps postmarked "U.S.S./ FEB/ 14/ A.M./ 1938/ PENNSYLVANIA" and "BE MY/VALENTINE"; address sticker with handwritten correction on front "Bob E. Meeker/ [crossed out in pencil] 56 Elmwood Dr./ Mansfield, Ohio./ [handwritten in pencil] 195 Gerke Ave.,". The U.S.S. PENNSYLVANIA was severely strafed and bombed by enemy planes during the attack on Pearl Harbor, 15 men were killed (see correspondence file).


Related Events

Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941

Related Subjects

United States. Navy