PENNSYLVANIA BB 38

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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.


    Pennsylvania Class Battleship
    Keel Laid 27 October 1913 - Launched 16 March 1915

  1. USS PENNSYLVANIA BB-38
  2. Commissioned 12 June 1916 - Decommissioned 29 August 1946
    Used in A-Bomb tests 1946

    Scuttled 1948 off Kwajalein

 

Naval Covers

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  1. Covers Page 1    (1916 to 1930)
  2. Covers Page 1a    (1931)
  3. Covers Page 2    (1932-01-31 to 1933-07-22)
  4. Covers Page 3    (1933-08-05 to 1934-03-17)
  5. Covers Page 4    (1934-04-01 to 1934-10-12)
  6. Covers Page 5    (1934-10-27 to 1934-12-24)
  7. Covers Page 6    (1935-01-01 to 1935-04-29)
  8. Covers Page 7    (1935-05-03 to 1935-07-29)
  9. Covers Page 8    (1935-08-04 to 1935-12-31)
  10. Covers Page 9    (1936-01-01 to 1936-12-24)
  11. Covers Page 10    (1937 to 1939)
  12. Covers Page 11    (1940 to 1946)

 

Postmarks

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.
 
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Postmark Type
---
Killer Bar Text

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


 

USPO
Machine Cancel
Pennsylvania

1918-01-18

GregCiesielski Pennsylvania BB38 19180118 1 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski Pennsylvania BB38 19180118 1 Back.jpg

Picture postcard taken during her Sea Trials


Post Office Established June 12 1916 - Disestablished May 13 1946


 

Locy Type
1u

1919-02-28

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19190228 1 pm.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19190228 1.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
1au

1920-04-20

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19200420 1 pm.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19200420 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
1z (C, D-1)

1918-12-09

GregCiesielski Pennsylvania BB38 19181209 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pennsylvania BB38 19181209 1 Back.jpg

Christmas postcard from the ship.


 

Locy Type
3 (AC)

"FORTRESS /
MONROE VA"

1916-11-09

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19161109 pm.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19161109 1.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (AC)

(Killer Bar /
Text Censored)

1917-03-23

GregCiesielski Pennsylvania BB38 19170323 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pennsylvania BB38 19170323 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (A)

"SAN PEDRO /
CALIF."

1925-12-01
to
1932-07-30

JonBurdett pennsylvania bb38 19251201 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pennsylvania bb38 19251201 back.jpg

Postcard use


 

Locy Type
3

"FIRST DAY /
OLYMPIC GAMES"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-15

1932-07-30

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19320730 1 pm.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19320730 1.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (B-TBT)

"THANKSGIVING /
1621 - 1933"

1933-11-30

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19331130 2 pm1.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19331130 2.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (B-TBT)
(AT SEA)

"PRESIDENTIAL /
REVIEW"

1934-05-31

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19340531 4 pm.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19340531 4.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3a (B)
(AT SEA)

1935-01-24

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19350124 1 pm.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19350124 1.jpg

UNREPORTED Type 3 postmark with bars removed.


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-TTT)

"FLEET /
FLAGSHIP"

1935-02-14

JonBurdett pennsylvania bb38 19350214 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pennsylvania bb38 19350214.jpg

Valentines Day 1935


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-TBB)

"CUSHING 376 /
PERKINS 377"

1935-12-31

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19351231 1 pm.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19351231 1.jpg

Note: Launching of two destroyers.


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-TTT)

"HAWAIIAN /
ISLANDS"

1936-08-08

JonBurdett pennsylvania bb38 8836 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pennsylvania bb38 8836.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-TTT)
(AT SEA)

"FLEET /
FLAGSHIP"

1935-02-12

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19350212 4 Postmark.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19350212 4 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BTT)

"BREMERTON /
WASHINGTON"

1940-02-12

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19401027 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19401027 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3ef

"PT ANGELES /
WASH"

1927-08-16

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19270816 pm.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19270816 1.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3s

"NAVY YARD /
PHILA PA"

1930-10-27

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19301027 1 Front pm.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19301027 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3y
("DATE CENSORED")

1935-05-25

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19350525 1 Postmark.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19350525 1 Front.jpg

Note: UNREPORTED postmark.


 

Locy Type
3z (BBT)

1941-11-18

JonBurdett pennsylvania bb38 19411118 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pennsylvania bb38 19411118.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
5hks

"PACIFIC LOCKS /
PANAMA CANAL"

1931-08-12

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19310812 pm.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19310812 1.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
5s

"NAVY YARD /
PHILA PA"

1929-08-22

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19290822 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19290822 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
6i

1932-02-22

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19320222 pm.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19320222 2.jpg

Washingtons Birthday 1932


 

Locy Type
7 1921

1921-11-15

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19211115 1 pm.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19211115 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
7 1927-31

1929-04-10

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19290410 pm.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19290410 1.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
7d 1935-41

1939-01-18

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19390118 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19390118 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
7d

1937-05-31

LFerrell Pennsylvania BB 38 19370531 1 pm1.jpg
LFerrell Pennsylvania BB 38 19370531 1 front.jpg

San Francisco – Golden Gate Bridge Dedication
Cachet Maker: Walter G. Crosby.


 

Locy Type
7di

"SAN PEDRO /
CALIF."

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-15a

1931-09-14

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19310914 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19310914 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
7drz

1943-02-11

JonBurdett pennsylvania bb38 19430211 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pennsylvania bb38 19430211.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
8

1934-06-14

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19340614 5 pm1.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19340614 5 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
8 ("AT SEA" in dial)

1932-01-08

GregCiesielski Pennsylvania BB38 19320108 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pennsylvania BB38 19320108 1 Front.jpg

Courtesy of the Jim Myerson collection.


 

Locy Type
9

1935-01-30

JonBurdett pennsylvania bb38 19350130 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett pennsylvania bb38 19350130.jpg

FDR Birthday 1935


 

Locy Type
9efv

1928-03-24

GregCiesielski Pennsylvania BB38 19280324 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pennsylvania BB38 19280324 1 Back.jpg

Note: Courtesy of the Jim Myerson collection.


 

Locy Type
9v (C)

1917-03-30

GregCiesielski Pennsylvania BB38 19170330 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pennsylvania BB38 19170330 1 Back.jpg

Note: Courtesy of the Jim Myerson collection.


 

Locy Type
9v 1929

1931-02-09

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19310209 1 Back pm9v.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19310209 1 Back.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9v 1931

1933-03-01

JonBurdett pennsylvania bb38 1933001 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett pennsylvania bb38 1933001.jpg

Mark from back of cover


 

Locy Type
9v 1937-40

1941-10-13

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19411011 1 pm9v.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19411011 1.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9w (C)

1917-12-31

GregCiesielski Pennsylvania BB38 19171231 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pennsylvania BB38 19171231 1 Back.jpg

Note: UNRECORDED postmark. On Piece. Courtesy of the Jim Myerson collection.


 

Locy Type
9w (C)

1929-05-03

GregCiesielski Pennsylvania BB38 19290503 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pennsylvania BB38 19290503 1 Back.jpg

Note: UNRECORDED postmark. Courtesy of the Jim Myerson collection.


 

Locy Type
9w

1931-02-09

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19310209 1 Back pm9w.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19310209 1 Back.jpg

Note: UNRECORDED postmark.


 

Locy Type
9efw 1939

1936-12-24

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19361224 1 pm.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19361224 1.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9efw 1940-43

1941-10-13

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19411011 1 pm9w.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19411011 1.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9x 1930

1931-02-09

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19310209 1 Back pm9x.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19310209 1 Back.jpg

Note:
 

Locy Type
9x 1941

1941-10-11

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19411011 1 pm9x.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19411011 1.jpg

Note:
 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-15c

1946-04-09

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19460409 1 pm.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19460409 1.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type P
[3ef,("NEW YORK, NY BR" removed]

"HONOLULU /
HAWAII"

1928-08-17

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19280817 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19280817 1 front.jpg

Note:
 

Locy Type P
[3t,("UNITED STATES FLEET"]

"USS PENN / FLAG"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-15e

1934-11-20

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19341120 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19341120 1.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type P
(3t,("U.S. FLEET FLAGSHIP")
hollow star at bottom of dial]

"U S.S. /
PENNSY."

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-15f

1933-07-20

GregCiesielski Pennsylvania BB38 19330720 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pennsylvania BB38 19330720 1 Front.jpg

Note:
 

Locy Type
PPB

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-15b

1940's

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 PPB15bA.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 1940s 1.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
PPR

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-15d

1935-02-22

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19350222 3 pm.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19350222 3.jpg

Washingtons Birthday 1935


 

Locy Type
SLKb (41x6)

1927-02-27

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19270227 1 pmA.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19270227 1 Front.jpg

Straightline mark


 

Locy Type
SLKp (41x6)

1929-05-01

GregCiesielski Pennsylvania BB38 19290501 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pennsylvania BB38 19290501 1 Front.jpg

UNREPORTED postmark. Straightline postmark, courtesy of the Jim Myerson collection.


 

Locy Type
SL2bs (18x3)
(PENN.)

1935-01-30

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19350130 1 pm.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19350130 1.jpg

Straightline marking


 

Locy Type
SL2bs (18x3)
(PENN.)

1935-01-30

JonBurdett pennsylvania bb38 19350130 sl2bs.jpg
JonBurdett pennsylvania bb38 19350130.jpg

Straightline marking


 

Locy Type
SL2l (33x3)

1925-00-00

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19250000 1 pm1A.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19250000 1 front.jpg

Note: Date is only a best guess.


 

Locy Type
SLP3st (71x3)

1936-12-06

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19361206 1 Postmark.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19361206 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
LDPS 2(n) May 13, 1946

1946-09-13

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19460913 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 19460913 1 front.jpg

Note: Cachet is thermographed.

 

Other Information

USS PENNSYLVANIA earned 8 Battle Stars (WWII)
* Pearl Harbor December 7 1941

NAMESAKE - Named for the State of Pennsylvania

 

Bunter Pennsylvania BB 38 real photo.jpg

Real photo (date unknown)

Pennsylvania.JPG
Pennsylvania back.JPG

 


 

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