Notes from the artist
my cachets have various naval postal markings on the envelopes whose
reflect an event in the life of a particular ship. The majority of my
are ex-sailors, submariners, and naval cachet collectors. They
my envelopes primarily for the postal markings, and the mermaids ( or
naval themes). Some collect only submarines, carriers, or other naval
and still others collect only dates in the life of a particular
anniversaries, or holidays). My most avid patrons only
them for the mermaids, irrespective of the ship featured in the
am about the only true naval cachet artist still doing this kind of art
There are others, but they don't do mermaids. This art form was quite
and very popular in the 1930-40s, but disappeared for the most
in the 1950s. I helped revive this art form (hand colored cachets) in
late 1980s under the tutelage of two of the last great naval cachets
Robert Quintero and Gary Rogak. Bob and Gary used water colors,
as I use colored pencil. They have both retired from this field.
most cachet artists in the naval field only do single color, printed,
or computer generated images.
only photo-print 25-50 of any given cachet from the original 10x14 pen &
line drawing, which is reduced and photo-transferred onto a standard
envelope. After the envelopes are postal serviced aboard the ship,
are then hand colored.
two mermaids are colored the same for any particular cachet, thus
each an original hair color, eye color, water color, body color
are different). Each cachet is numbered on the back of the envelope
how many were done for that particular ship and date.
cachets have won a few awards and have been featured in articles of
magazines. Collectors have shown my cachets in philatelic and
cover exhibitions, and their inclusion has yielded them medallions and
of my cachets are on permanent display aboard the U.S. Navy Museum
Missouri, USS Wisconsin, USS Lexington, and aboard the U.S. Frigate,
as well as the active ships USS Theodore Roosevelt, USS
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the USS Winston Churchill.
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