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rickben2
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12 Dec 2015
10:44:42am
Is there any collecting interest in Pearl Harbor covers postmarked as close to D-day as possible? Was there any time to postmark out going mail before the attach began on Dec. 7?
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Pogopossum
12 Dec 2015
12:19:00pm
re: Pearl harbor covers

December 7th was a Sunday, so the Post Office was not open. I'm not sure about Military PO's, though.

Geoff

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ikeyPikey
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05 Dec 2018
01:07:25pm
re: Pearl harbor covers

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Some 'main' post offices were open on Sundays, so Sunday postmarks exist.

In fact, in answer to the OP's question:

https://postalmuseum.si.edu/deliveringhope/exhibition_p4.html

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey

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Linus
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05 Dec 2018
11:12:24pm
re: Pearl harbor covers

ikeyPikey - Thank you very much, sir, for posting the link above! I was not aware of that cover or the story behind it. Perry, Iowa is a small town just down the road from my house. Years ago, I stopped at an antiques store in downtown Perry and found the postcard scanned below. The card was written by Tommy Jitchaku, a medic in the 442nd Infantry, from Lecco, Italy to Perry, Iowa I have posted this card in other threads on Stamporama before. Tommy was from Hawaii, and I have always wondered how a soldier from Hawaii could know a family in Perry, Iowa? I think the National Postal Museum article you just linked me to has the answer. Private John R. Rion was a barber from Perry, Iowa serving in Hawaii. Quoting the article, "Life in paradise suited Rion, who spent his days cutting hair, trimming mustaches and beards, and shaving his fellow servicemen." In those days, the local barber knew everybody. Private Rion, cutting hair in Hawaii while his partner cut hair in small town Perry, Iowa, could very easily have linked up soldiers to families in Iowa supporting the war effort. The two barbers and the barbershop were the connection. It has to be!


Thanks again,

Linus


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ikeyPikey
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05 Dec 2018
11:26:08pm
re: Pearl harbor covers

Magicians (and Jedi Masters) are not supposed to reveal their tricks, but I googled postmarked December 7 1941 and that was the first search result Party

That the cover complements something in your collection is just terrific!

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey

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pigdoc
08 Dec 2018
10:53:43am
re: Pearl harbor covers

Here's my entry, from another Discussion topic:

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It's a clipper cover mailed from the USS Maryland, dated Sunday, November 30, 1941, a week before the Pearl Harbor attack. The image of the Boeing 314 is an actual photograph. The map is printed in high-relief. USS Maryland (BB-46) "Old Mary" or "Fighting Mary" was present on Battleship Row during the Attack on Pearl Harbor, and was lightly damaged by Japanese bombs.

I remain vigilant for clipper covers convergent with the Pearl Harbor attack as well as those carried by the Hawaii Clipper on her last voyage. She made it to Honolulu, to Midway, and to Wake before she disappeared...

Did I say that I like covers with maps?

-Paul

PS, I just noticed that the cover has an error: Guam is misspelled on the map!



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