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USS Maryland Parcel Fragment

This parcel fragment mailed from the USS Maryland was, like a similar fragment mailed from the USS Marblehead nearly two years earlier, addressed to the Bureau of Navigation at the Navy Department in Washington, D.C.

In addition to a single copy of the 14¢ American Indian stamp, the fragment bears a 1¢ Benjamin Franklin stamp from the same series. Each stamp received a USS Maryland postmark dated January 23, 1929. The Maryland during the previous year had participated in President-Elect Herbert Hoover’s goodwill tour of Latin America.1

Front of parcel fragment bearing 1-cent Benjamin Franklin stamp and 14-cent American Indian stamp
14¢ American Indian parcel fragment mailed from USS Maryland
Reverse of parcel fragment
14¢ American Indian parcel fragment mailed from USS Maryland (reverse)

Although the fragment bears no markings indicating why postage would have been applied since a typed penalty statement is present, the 15¢ total pays the basic registration rate in effect at the time.2

The USS Maryland survived two direct bomb hits during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.3 After undergoing repairs, the battleship was involved in multiple operations in the Pacific, suffering damage from enemy attacks on several occasions prior to the end of World War II.

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References

  1. USS Maryland (BB 46). Naval History and Heritage Command. Accessed 5 July 2020.
  2. Beecher, Henry W., and Anthony S. Wawrukiewicz. U.S. Domestic Postal Rates, 1872–2011. 3rd ed. Bellefonte, Pennsylvania: American Philatelic Society, 2011.
  3. USS Maryland (BB 46). Military Factory. 1 Nov. 2018. Accessed 5 July 2020.

Published 2020-07-05 Last updated 2020-07-14