The Republic of Cuba (7)
This small envelope was posted at Havana on December
26, 1910. It probably included a “carte de visite,”
or visiting card.
Vol. II, p.46a: Havana to Ciudad.
26 December, 1910.
In polite society, when a gentleman came to call, he
generally presented a small preprinted card, which bore
his name and address and perhaps a small photographic
portrait of himself, to a servant to be given to the host.
This provided a way for the host to know who was calling,
and if the host was not at home, it was a record of the
individual who had called.
In the case of this envelope, the carte de visite may
have also borne a Christmas message.
The 1 centavo postage stamp bears the portrait of General
Bartolome Maso, one of the patriots of the Cuban revolution.
Engraved and printed by the American Bank Note Company
of New York, the stamp was first placed on sale on February