International Mail (12)
An incoming letter from Marseille, France, to Havana,
posted on August 30, 1864. Franked with an 80 centime
stamp, depicting Emperor Napoleon III, this single weight
letter was prepaid to Cuba. In March, 1862, the French
80 centime rate was established for letters to Cuba weighing
not more than 7 1/2 grams, traveling either by French
or British vessel.
The letter traveled by rail from Marseille to Paris where
the French exchange clerk confirmed the rate and applied
his boxed handstamp, “P.P.,” meaning “Port
Payeé,” or postage paid. The letter was then
placed in a sealed mail bag bound for London, per the
instructions at top left, “Voie d´Angleterre.”
Tome I, p.40: Marseille, France
to Havana. 30 August, 1864.
Upon receipt at Havana, the Cuban exchange clerk marked
the letter with his boxed handstamp “N.E.2,”
indicating origin “Norte Europa,” and the
amount of postage due, 2 reales, the normal single weight
charge on mail from northern Europe.