Morris W. Beck US Navy Covers
 
 US Navy USS Jefferson SSBN 618
#1 First cover in the 1000 Navy Series. 1962 USS T Jefferson
 
US Navy USS Enterprise CVAN-65 Aircraft Carrier
Special "S" cover USS Enterprise Est $85
 

Mercury Flight of Cooper
 
US Navy USS Hornet Apollo 11 Man on the Moon Moonlanding
USS Hornet-Neil Armstrong-Lunar Landing 1969
 
 
Apollo 15 Prime Recovery Ship

 

USS New Orleans VERY rare July 25 cancel Est $140
 
US Navy Apollo Soyuz Space Recovery Astronauts
Apollo Soyuz on Air Mail Envelope
 
USS Carl Vinson CVN-70 Aircraft Carrier Keel Laying cover
#1000 Last cover in Navy Series USS Vinson. 1975
 

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This Web site has over 3,000 scans of Beck Navy and Event Covers with Reference Text.
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The Numbered Series    About the Series  1-50    51-99 MA-8   S,100-150   151-200   201-250   251-299   300-350 MA-9 
 
351-402   403-455    456-514 GT-2    515-569 GT-3, GT-4, GT-5    570-621 GTA-6 GT-7    622-687 AS-201, GTA-8, GTA-9, GTA-10, AP-3, GTA-11  
688-769 AS-202, GTA-12, AS-204, AS-501, AS-502, AP-7     770-841 AP-8, AP-9, AP-10, AP-11, AP-12, AP-13, AP-14  
 
842-899
AP-14, AP-15, AP-16, AP-17, SL-II, SL-III, SL-IV     900-951   952-1000 ASTP


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A Resource and Blog for Collectors of Morris W. Beck Philatelic Covers. 
Owen R. Murray  About this site

Latest BLOG Update: May 12, 2015
 
Dr. Ross Smith sent us scans of some Mercury covers
that have the printed address of Morris Beck.  We
believe that the cachet shown below was designed and
serviced by/for Donald Schultz.  We don't know for sure
if the US Navy had copies of the cachet rubber stamp to
apply to covers.  We raise this question because of
covers like the USS Constellation shown at the right.
The Schultz cachet is on the back of the cover.  So
when was Schultz's cachet applied to the cover and
who applied it?

 

Scans courtesy of Dr. Ross Smith

 

More New Additions

 


This is the back of the USS Constellation cover shown above.
 


Scan courtesy of Woody Witt. 
A good example of a cover
with Morris W Beck's address printed on the envelope.
This USS Intrepid is considered to be the
"Captain's Cover".

We believe the cachet was printed aboard the ship. 



Scan courtesy of Larry Johnson

 


Sold for $76 on eBay.  New addition. 4/2015


B805 CREW with VIP label












 


The Guam (above) and the Wasp (below) sold
for $173.50 on eBay!


This scan does not show a Beck number. 
It could be a CREW cover B706.
The scan could also be cropped so it doesn't show
the Beck cachet number. 
We don't have any examples of B706 CREW
so we won't officially list it as such.

 




 

New Additions

Sold on eBay for above average prices from the collection
of Joseph P Harowitz.  Many have the VIP label and some are CREW Covers.


Unlisted CREW cover B841 sold for $42.50 with the
USS Ozark Apollo 11 CREW cover shown at left.


Previously unlisted. B623  Sold on eBay $213
B732 Previously unlisted.  $55 along with B716


B584 CREW  The seller on eBay states that this cover
does not have the B cachet number.


B540 CREW  $100 on eBay along with GT5 Lake Champlain



GT3 CREW  See B515
The Intrepid and Lake Champlain covers
sold on eBay $106.50

 


B791 CREW  $85 on eBay
 


B655
B605 is this cachet yellow or orange?


Scan courtesy of Steve Durst
 
New Additions

Steve Durst sent us this scan of a Mercury manned
space flight recovery cover with a printed address to
Morris Beck.  This cover has the ships rubber stamp
cachet.  Mr. Beck did not print a cachet for the
recovery ship, USS Kearsarge, but he did print cachets
for three secondary ships.

Beck cachets B77, B78, B79

 

 

 

 


Scan courtesy of Larry Johnson USS Randolph CV-15-4/MAR/1947/  /


USS Sea Robin with Hand Cancel  May 25, 1944,|
This is the correct Launching date

 

Previously Unlisted and  New Additions

Scans courtesy of Larry Johnson


Another 1947 Midshipmen cover


We assume this is a Beck cachet but not absolutely certain.  It has similar artwork to many other Beck covers but it could be a generic clip art.  According to Larry Johnson, there are no markings on the reverse of the cover.

 

B875 CREW

 

Previously Unlisted and  New Additions
Beck B875 without the number, a CREW cover.  We now
have two USS Austin Apollo 15 CREW covers on the site.
The difference is the location of the ship's name in the cancel.

Scan courtesy of Steve Durst
Previously Unlisted and  New Additions



B898 CREW with ONLY the Hand Cancel.


1955 dated Beck cover for Puerto Rico with "states" cachet.
The actual date of the opening for the airport in San Juan was
two days later, May 22, 1955. Scan on eBay and courtesy of C. Hamilton.

 

Scans below are courtesy of Larry Johnson


Cover with the printed address of MW Beck.  Mr. Beck
was a collector of Naval covers.  We have seen similar
covers where Mr. Beck sent SSAE to ships requesting
cachets.  There doesn't seem to be any specific
significance to this date.  See other covers from his
collection HERE.


B539 with the small RS applied after the space flight.


Possibly Nuclear Ships Cachet #1


 













Postcard


 

New Additions To This Beck Site
Scans are courtesy of Larry Johnson


B517 with the small RS applied after the space flight.


Gray envelope


Gray envelope


Autograph of CO


Autograph of CO


Yellow envelope.


One of the prototypes of the numbered series.


One of the prototypes of the numbered series.


Sailor's mail a few weeks after the atomic bombs.


Similar cachet to B764.  Click HERE
 

 


Crew cover similar to Beck 352
Similar cachet to B412.  Click HERE


See previously entry below about these ships cancels
on B631.

These covers are likely unique and we probably won't
see any more of these (B630 postmarked on these two
ships).

 

Unlisted Beck Covers Surface From 1960's is Likely One of a Kind

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks goes to Larry Johnson for sending us scans of three Morris W Beck state commemorative covers from 1951-2.

These were previously unlisted is our checklist.

See more HERE

 

 

 

These covers were printed for Martin Longseth a collector. 
In 1976, Longseth sent this cover to every ship with a post office.

In 2014 a number of these covers with different ship cancelations sold for about $10 each.

See HERE for more examples  We have added 16 new covers.

Scan courtesy of Larry Johnson

 
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Please note that the naval covers illustrated on this Web site are for reference only.
This is a private Web site for the enjoyment of collectors of navy covers. 
There are no paid ads or sponsorships on this site.
 


Morris W. Beck Naval Covers for Collectors

Naval covers have been popular since about the time of Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet.  A naval cover is an envelope or postcard postmarked on board a naval ship.  The cover might commemorate a naval event such as a keel laying, launching or commissioning of a navy ship.  Other covers are simply sailorís mail that now has historical value for the postmark on the US Navy cover.

Collecting memorabilia from US Navy ships is a very interesting hobby and shares a piece of US Navy history.  Some people collect pictures, ash trays, lighters, photos, launching or commissioning programs, US Navy patches, and envelopes or postcards postmarked aboard US Navy ships.  Similar in appearance to a first day cover, a naval cover commemorates a US Navy event or simply be sailorís mail sent home with a letter enclosed.  In any case, these covers are very collectable.

Today, the Universal Ship Cancellation Society, USCS, in an international society where collectors of US Navy ship covers and postcards exchange information about their favorite collecting interests.  See the link to the USCS.  If you are not a member of the USCS, please consider joining.

Many collectors specialize in a special type of naval covers or envelopes.  Some US Navy veterans have a special interest in the ships they served on.  Ships like destroyers, aircraft carriers, submarines, battleship, etc.  Some collectors of first day covers or FDCs also collect navy covers as a specialty.

The US NASA manned space program and the US Navy recovery ships are also very popular subjects for naval covers.  The US Navy postmarks from the US Navy ships in the Atlantic or Pacific fleet that picked up the US space astronauts like John Glenn, Neil Armstrong or others are very popular.  One of the most desirable modern naval covers is from the USS Hornet that picked up the astronauts, Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins after the Moon landing Apollo 11 NASA mission.  Dozens of US Navy ships participated in the US Space recovery program including, USS Hornet, USS Wasp, USS Intrepid, USS Lake Champlain, USS Guam, USS Mason, USS Randolph, USS Ticonderoga, USS Iwo Jima, USS Kearsarge, USS Okinawa, USS Essex, USS New Orleans, USS Guadalcanal, USS Bennington, and many others.  All astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab programs were recovered by US Navy ships.  There are covers for most of these events.  The covers for the earliest manned space flights are among the hardest to find.  Some of the most popular covers are for aircraft carriers, submarines, destroyers, battleships, and other types of US Navy ships.

Over the years there have been many individuals and groups produce some very attractive naval covers for US Navy events and space events including Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab manned space flights.  Morris W. Beck was a collector of US Navy covers and started a service to provide other collectors with quality printed US Navy, space covers, and first day covers. 

Beck served in the US Navy during World War II aboard a US Navy Destroyer.  Morris W. Beck covers are well known among collectors.  Beck produced a very popular series of 1000 US Navy event covers 1962-1975.  Beckís effort was a labor of love and his charge to service covers for collectors was only pennies per cover.   This web site is dedicated to the US Navy event covers, president series, state series, nuclear ships and first day covers (FDC) produced by Morris W. Beck. 


 

 

 

 

Home     Morris W. Beck Cover Basics      About this Web Site    
Beck Space Cachet Designs     #6 USS Dace Overprint  #220 USS Lowry
   Cover Varieties Oddities  Beck's Messages  Beck's Personal Covers  Astronaut Autographs
1943-1970's Events
     Nuclear Ships     Foreign    President Series     States Series    First Day Covers   

The Numbered Series    About the Series  1-50    51-99 MA-8   S,100-150   151-200   201-250   251-299   300-350 MA-9 
 
351-402   403-455    456-514 GT-2    515-569 GT-3, GT-4, GT-5    570-621 GTA-6 GT-7    622-687 AS-201, GTA-8, GTA-9, GTA-10, AP-3, GTA-11  
688-769 AS-202, GTA-12, AS-204, AS-501, AS-502, AP-7     770-841 AP-8, AP-9, AP-10, AP-11, AP-12, AP-13, AP-14  
 
842-899
AP-14, AP-15, AP-16, AP-17, SL-II, SL-III, SL-IV     900-951   952-1000 ASTP


Articles and Resources: NEW Small Rubber Stamps on Space Covers
Apollo PRS Postmarked in Hawaii  
Beck 929 Hawkins

ASTP USS New Orleans July 25, 1975 onboard Cover
How postage rates affected collecting  Beck Printing Log for Numbered Series

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