US Navy Covers and First Day Covers by Morris W. Beck
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Morris W. Beck Philatelic Covers.
Beck's 1000 set of covers is acknowledged as the most desirable US Navy Space Recovery covers
Charlie Hamilton sent us the scans below from
an state collection he is handling. Great covers, speak
The cover above was sold on eBay for $112.50
The cover above was sold on eBay for $61.00
The cover above was sold on eBay for $112.50
This cover above was sold on eBay for $51.00
This cover above was sold on eBay for $152.50
The cover above was sold on eBay for $76.00
The blank cachet for Apollo 13 CREW above was sold on eBay for $26.00
An Early Beck 1943
How Mr. Beck's cover service worked
Updated October 2023
Morris W. Beck of
Wisconsin was a collector starting while in high school in
the early 1940's and later was a
His most popular series of Naval covers was the set from 1962-1975 and consisted of 1000 cachets (covers).
He advertised his
cover service in the philatelic newspapers offering to print a
cachet on collectorís envelopes for a few cents each.
He printed cachets
for Navy ship commissioning, launchings, anniversaries,
first day covers, etc.
Mr. Beck tried very
hard to get the recovery force information from the US Navy
as early as he could before a flight, but as
The US Navy had a
coordinator to receive space cover postmarking
requests from collectors and dealers.
As a "side note"
please note that Beck's printed color cachets and the rubber
stamp cachets used by the US Navy were very
Above Right: Envelope with Mr. Beck's printed color cachet and "B Cachet Number". Navy applied postmark only.
Both the example
ASTP covers probably had address removable labels and both
were sent to the collector as usual
On the later Apollo flights you will notice that the image of the rubber stamp cachet that the US Navy used was smaller than the cachet Mr. Beck printed. Large rubber stamps were hard for the US Navy to apply so they requested smaller images. Remember that Mr. Beck provided the rubber stamp cachets to the US Navy free.
Mr. Beck's Naval Cover Service
Mr. Beck provided the service of printing a multicolor cachet on collectorís SASE (self addressed stamped envelope) envelopes sent to him.
Collectors could also send a SASE directly to the Navy for the single color rubber stamp cachet and postmarking.
For Mr. Beck's cover
service, Collectors would send a supply (25-50) of SASE to
Mr. Beck with a small service fee for cachet printing.
information provided by the Navy regarding the total number
of ships in the recovery force,
Look at some of the print log sheets Mr. Beck filled out that are shown on our site. http://beck.ormurray.com/becklog/index.htm
So if the Navy told
Mr. Beck there would be 12 ships in the recovery force, then
Mr. Beck would print
the multicolor color cachet on the envelopes sent to him by collectors.
When the Navy received the shipments of printed color cacheted envelops from Mr. Beck, they distributed the envelopes to the ships of the recovery force.
This is where it got
ďmessyĒ because someone at the Navy opened boxes and
redistributed envelopes without
We have an article about Beck's multicolor envelopes without the B number. These are called CREW covers. See article HERE
|Beck Space Covers|
|The Article About CREW Covers
Is Totally Revised
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.
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.
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