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Domestic Mail (2): “Esperanza”

The Esperanza postmark is known to be struck in black from 1829 to 1832 and in red from 1833 to 1839. This letter was written on April 9, 1832, and may represent an early use of this postmark struck in red. Below the Esperanza postmark, “1 1/2 rls” is written in manuscript. This is the amount of postage due, payable by the addressee in Havana.

Note that the Esperanza postmark below is struck in red.

Esperanza postmark
Tome I, number 5: Esperanza to Havana, 9 April 1892.
Above is the folded cover as it appeared mailed,
Below is the outside view of the unfolded letter.

Envelope front
View of cover, folded-out.

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