TEXAS BB 35

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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.

    New York Class Battleship
    Keel Laid 17 April 1911 - Launched 18 May 1912

  1. USS TEXAS Battleship No. 35
  2. Commissioned 12 March 1914

  3. USS TEXAS BB-35
  4. Designated (BB) 17 July 1920
    Decommissioned 21 April 1948

    Struck from Naval Register 21 April 1948
    Preserved as memorial at La Porte, TX
Texas BB35 Crest.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Texas BB-35 Covers Page 1    (1915-1932)
  2. USS Texas BB-35 Covers Page 2    (1933-1946)

 

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.
 
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


 

Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

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



Post Office Established 12 March 1914 - Disestablished 4 September 1947


 

Locy Type
2(n)

1946-05-09

GregCiesielski Texas BB35 19460509 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Texas BB35 19460509 1 Front.jpg

FDC for the Honorable Discharge stamp, cachet by Ken Boll, sponsored by Cachet Craft


 

Locy Type
2z*

1943-08-20

JonBurdett texas bb35 19430820 pm.jpg
JonBurdett texas bb35 19430820.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (BC)

"NAVY (YARD) /
NEW Y(ORK)"

1915-12-21

GregCiesielski Texas BB35 19151221 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Texas BB35 19151221 1 Back.jpg

Christmas card from the ship


 

Locy Type
3 (AC)

"ROSYTH /
SCOTLAND"

1918-11-22

JonBurdett texas 19181122 pm.jpg
JonBurdett texas 19181122.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3r (A)

"HAVANA /
CUBA"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. T-12

1915-03-14

JonBurdett texas bb35 19150314 pm.jpg
JonBurdett texas bb35 19150314.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3s (AC)

"Killer Text Unreadable"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. T-12c

1927-05-23

GregCiesielski Texas BB35 19270523 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Texas BB35 19270523 1 Back.jpg

Sailors Mail


 

Locy Type
3z (TTB)

1942-10-19

JonBurdett texas bb35 19421019 pm.jpg
JonBurdett texas bb35 19421019.jpg

Censored, WWII use


 

Locy Type
5hks (C)

"LONG BEACH /
CALIFORNIA"

1932-04-11

GregCiesielski Texas BB35 19320411 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Texas BB35 19320411 1 Front.jpg

Fleet Concentration, cachet by Long Beach Chamber of Commerce


 

Locy Type
5ahks (C)

1936-07-02

JonBurdett texas bb35 19360702 pm.jpg
JonBurdett texas bb35 19360702.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type 6

1941-03-18

GregCiesielski Texas BB35 19410318 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Texas BB35 19410318 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Mae Weigand


 

Locy Type 6
("AT SEA")

1931-11-16

GregCiesielski Texas BB35 19311116 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Texas BB35 19311116 1 Front.jpg

Collectors request.


 

Locy Type 7t

1919-05-12

Bunter Texas BB 35 19190512 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Texas BB 35 19190512 1 front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
7qt

1934-09-18

GregCiesielski Texas 19340918 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Texas 19340918 1 Front.jpg

Patriotic cachet by C. Stephen Anderson. Annotation on front by NMC E. O. Tauer states this is the First Day of Use for this machine.


 

Locy Type
7qt
("AT SEA")

1937-07-29

Bunter Texas BB 35 19370729 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Texas BB 35 19370729 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
7qtz

1942-10-03

JonBurdett texas bb35 19421003 pm.jpg
JonBurdett texas bb35 19421003.jpg

Censored WWII use


 

Locy Type 8

1934-02-12

GregCiesielski Texas BB35 19340212 1a Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Texas BB35 19340212 1a Front.jpg

Lincoln's Birthday, cachet by E. J. Birdsall


 

Locy Type 8
("AT SEA")

1932-07-22

GregCiesielski Texas BB35 19320722 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Texas BB35 19320722 1 Front.jpg

Official Business


 

Locy Type 9v

(1928)

1928-04-07

JonBurdett texas bb35 19280407 pm.jpg
JonBurdett texas bb35 19280407.jpg

Mark from back of cover


 

Locy Type 9v

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. T-12f

1929-05-28

GregCiesielski Texas BB35 192905028 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Texas BB35 192905028 1 Back.jpg

Registered, Philatelic mail. Front of cover shown on the Naval Cover page.


 

Locy Type 9v

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. T-12f

1929-08-15

GregCiesielski Texas BB35 19290815 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Texas BB35 19290815 1 Back.jpg

Registered, Official mail. Front of cover shown on the Naval Cover page. Although this is the same T-12f cancel, damage has occurred to the "E" which makes it look like an "F" now.
Should this be reclassified? (Greg C.) ex-Rawlins now part of the Tom Kean collection.


 

Locy Type 9v

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. T-12h

1939-04-01

Bunter Texas BB 35 19390401 1 pm2.jpg
Bunter Texas BB 35 19390401 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type 9v

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. T-12i

1941-05-03

JonBurdett texas bb35 19410503 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett texas bb35 19410503.jpg

Mark from back of cover


 

Locy Type
9efw

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. T-12j

1939-04-01

Bunter Texas BB 35 19390401 1 pm3.jpg
Bunter Texas BB 35 19390401 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9x (C)

1939-04-01

Bunter Texas BB 35 19390401 1 pm4.jpg
Bunter Texas BB 35 19390401 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
PPB

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. T-12l

1930-00-00

Bunter Texas BB 35 19300000 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Texas BB 35 19300000 1 front.jpg

Note: Postmark date is unknown. 1930 is a guess.


 

Locy Type
PPR

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. T-12m

1930-00-00

Bunter Texas BB 35 19300000 2 pm1.jpg
Bunter Texas BB 35 19300000 2 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. T-12n

1918-05-28

JonBurdett texas bb35 19180528 pm.jpg
JonBurdett texas bb35 19180528.JPG

Censored WWI use


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. T-12p

1937-05-30

Bunter Texas BB 35 19370530 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Texas BB 35 19370530 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. T-12q

1945-10-27

GregCiesielski Texas BB35 19451027 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Texas BB35 19451027 1 Front.jpg

Navy Day 1945


 

Locy Type P

(FLEET FLAGSHIP T-3s
with "USS TEXAS"
in killers)

1931-09-15

JonBurdett texas bb35 19310915 pm.jpg
JonBurdett texas bb35 19310915.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
SLPb

1936-10-09

JonBurdett texas bb35 19361009 pm.jpg
JonBurdett texas bb35 19361009.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
SLKb

c1936

JonBurdett texas bb35 1936 pm.jpg
JonBurdett texas bb35 1936.jpg

Note:



USPS Pictorial Postmarks


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"BATTLESHIP
TEXAS STATION"

Laporte TX

1990-09-08

GregCiesielski Texas BB35 19900908 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Texas BB35 19900908 1 Front.jpg

Contributed by Tom Kean


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"90th
Anniversary Station"

South Boston VA

2004-03-12

GregCiesielski Texas BB35 20040312 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Texas BB35 20040312 1 Front.jpg

90th Anniversary of Commissioning.

 

 

Other Information

USS TEXAS earned the Mexican Service Medal, the World War I Victory Medal, the American Defense Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 5 Battle Stars and the WWII Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for The State of Texas.

Four ships of the US Navy have borne the name TEXAS - USS Texas Battleship No. 1, USS Texas BB-35, USS Texas CGN-39 and USS Texas SSN-775.

The ships sponsor was Miss Claudia Lyon, daughter of Colonel Cecil Lyon, a wealthy rancher and Republican National Committeeman from Sherman, TX.

 

The following is a letter contained in the 1919-05-12 cover:

Bunter Texas BB 35 19190512 1 Letter P1.jpg
Bunter Texas BB 35 19190512 1 Letter P2.jpg
Bunter Texas BB 35 19190512 1 Letter P3.jpg
Bunter Texas BB 35 19190512 1 Letter P4.jpg
Bunter Texas BB 35 19190512 1 Letter P5.jpg
Bunter Texas BB 35 19190512 1 Letter P6.jpg
Bunter Texas BB 35 19190512 1 Letter P7.jpg

 

The following is a pamphlet contained in the 1919-05-12 cover:

Bunter Texas BB 35 19190512 1 Pamphlet P1.jpg
Bunter Texas BB 35 19190512 1 Pamphlet P2.jpg
Bunter Texas BB 35 19190512 1 Pamphlet P3.jpg
Bunter Texas BB 35 19190512 1 Pamphlet P4.jpg


 


 

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