While looking at the website some time ago I saw an early membership card and a short article on early members. I noticed that I was listed as the oldest current member number – #58. It caused me to look around for some interesting Korea items and I found my 1959 membership card – signed by Forrest Calkins (Figure 1). Figures 2, 3 and 4 show covers commemorating the Silver Anniversary of Japan’s Annexation of Korea – 1910 – 1935. Each is cancelled at three cities related to Japan and Korea – Korea, VA., Japan, NC. and Korea, Maine.
The covers were prepared by H. (Harry) E. Whitlatch, an early cachet maker for Universal Ship Cancellation Society (USCS). The 30s and 40s were the heyday for the USCS and for cachet makers to create cachets that were sent to ships to obtain ship cancellations. They commemorated ship launchings, cities visited, Historic Naval dates, etc. While these are not ship cancelled they still reflect items that were commemorated by the society.