Title: First day cover for the U.S.S. WEST VIRGINIA |
Accession Number: 2007.25.48
Type: first day cover
Place: USA, CA, San Francisco; USA, CA, Monterey
Description: First day cover for the U.S.S. WEST VIRGINIA (BB-48, built 1921), battleship; front of envelope has cachet in green, features profile of several ships underway, printed on left "THE UNITED STATES NAVY"; no stamp on right, handwritten in place of stamp "FREE"; postmarked "U.S./ FEB/ 23/ A.M./ 1943/ NAVY"; handwritten return address in upper left "J. B. Tindell, S. F. 1/c/ USS West Virginia/ c/o Fleet P. O./ San Francisco, Calif."; address handwritten lower right "Pvt. Andrew A. Christensen/ Co. 'C' S.C.U. 1930/ Presidio of Monterey,/ California"; stamp and signature from navy censor "PASSED BY/ NAVY CENSOR"; stamped on back "802211". The U.S.S. WEST VIRGINIA was sunk by six torpedoes and two bombs during the attack on Pearl harbor, later refloated (see correspondence file).
Mystic Seaport Image ID m422977 Information regarding reproductions