The Republic of Cuba (8)
Posted at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 2, 1913,
with 2-cents in U.S. postage prepaid, this cover was addressed
to Manzanillo, Cuba. At the Cuban exchange office, a 10
centavos stamp was applied and canceled with a “T,”
indicating “postage due of 10 centavos.”
Vol. II, p.61: Philadelphia to Manzanillo.
2 April, 1913.
The Universal Postal Union international rate of postage
was 5 cents for one half ounce weight, however, the United
States had a special postal arrangement concerning mail
to and from Cuba, dating back to 1901.
The arrangement indicated that Cuban mail would be exchanged
at domestic postage rates. Therefore, if this letter was
one ounce or less, under U.S. domestic regulations, 2-cents
would be sufficient postage to take it to its destination.
The domestic rate of postage in Cuba at this time was
2 centavos per ounce as well. Either the Cuban exchange
clerk found this letter to be 5 times overweight and charged
it accordingly, or they found it insufficiently prepaid
and charged the 5 centavo U.P.U. International rate plus
5 centavos penalty, totally ignoring the 2-cents stamp.
At this late date, it is difficult to say exactly what
The letter is backstamped “Manzanillo, Oriente,
April 7, 1913.”