The North American Intervention (4)
Included among the initial shipment of postal paper to
Cuba on December 27, 1898, were about 70,000 unoverprinted
U.S. 2-cent stamped envelopes. Since these could not be
sold across the counter together with the revalued overprinted
stamps, Major Rathbone, American Postal Administrator
for Cuba, wrote to the Post Office Department at Washington
for permission to have the stamped envelopes overprinted
locally in Havana in a format similar to that used on
the postage stamps. Approval of the request was granted,
and the printing works of Ruiz y Hermano of Havana was
contracted to do the work.
Tome II, p.8: Havana to Leipzig,
Germany. 28 August, 1899.
This envelope is one of those overprinted locally. Addressed
to stamp dealers Gebruder Senf in Leipzig, Germany, the
cover is franked additionally with a 3 centavos de peso
stamp to pay the 5 centavos de peso international rate,
and a 10 centavos de peso stamp to pay the registration
fee. It was mailed at Havana on August 28, 1899, and received
at Leipzig on September 11.