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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Gleaves Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid March 18 1940 - Launched November 23 1940

  1. USS EDISON DD 439
    Commissioned January 31 1941 - Decommissioned May 18 1946

    Stricken April 1 1966
    Sold December 29 1966 and broken up for scrap


Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. Covers Page 1    (1941-46)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Machine cancel

Kearney NJ



Keel Laying, Cachet by Peter J. McKenna


Locy Type



First Day of Postal Service, Cachet by George Neumman and Frederick Horton


Locy Type




Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)


Cachet by Gordon A Shaw


Locy Type
3z (BBT)


Ship's name typed in


Locy Type P
(9v with ship's name
cut out)


Censored wartime (WWII) use


Locy Type
LDPS 2(n)


Last Day Postal Service


Other Information

EDISON received six battle stars for World War II; service

NAMESAKE - Thomas Alva Edison (February 11 1847 - October 18 1931)
Edison was one of the most prolific and imaginative inventors in world history. The importance of his accomplishments was highlighted when Congress in 1928 awarded him a gold medal for development and application of inventions which revolutionized civilization. Much of his work was of direct benefit to the Navy. He died October 18 1931 in West Orange, N.J



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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