International Mail (9)
A folded letter written at Puerto Príncipe and
posted on April 29, 1854. It is addressed to Barcelona,
Spain. Puerto Principe applied its “Baeza”
postmark to the letter, and it appears they also applied
a number “5” in the same shade of blue at
the center of the cover. The short red unframed marking
at the right of this “5” is “6.ms.,”
or 6 maravedíes, a local surcharge applied in Cataluña
at the time.
*Go to Domestic Mail (6) to
read bout the Baeza postmark
Tomo I, p.17a: Puerto Principe to
Barcelona, 29 April 1854.
The letter was carried to Spain by a Spanish or Cuban
vessel. Upon arrival at Barcelona on June 12, it was rated
as “5 R” (5 reales de vellón) postage
due. This was the postage rate for a letter weighing up
to 5 adarmes, per the Spanish Postal Tariff Law of 1807,
still in force.