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Item Number: 02-Sc0221-26Blk4
Description: Cuba 1899 - Sc 221-26 Unused, original gum Blocks of 4
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SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD - Cuba 1899 - Scott 221-26 - (EDIFIL Intervención Norteamericana 23-28)
An unused, original gum, hinge remnants, complete set in Blocks of 4 of the 1899 American Intervention surcharged stamps. As an added bonus, on the 3c block, the lower left stamps is the "period between the B and A of CUBA" variety (EDIFIL € 50,- as a single) . These blocks are in incredible condition; fresh and without a trace of any tropical gum stains. Each block has been hinged twice, at the upper left and lower right stamps, therefore, two stamps on each block remain never hinged. The 2½c block has remnants of a third hinged applied between the two lower stamps.
The 2012 EDIFIL Specialized Catalogue of the Stamps of Cuba lists this set in blocks of 4 and prices it at € 588.- or around US $820.00 at the current rate of exchange. Very seldom seen and much more so in this great condition!




Item Number: 10-Sc0198-1899Pto.Principe
Description: Cuba 1899 - Sc 198, Positions 3, 4 and 5 on cover from Santa Cruz del Sur to Germany.
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SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD - Cuba 1899 - Sc 198, Positions 3, 4 and 5 on cover from Santa Cruz del Sur to Germany. CORREOS - HABANA January 16, (18)99 - 10.11M transit and BREMEN January 31, (18)99 receiving marks on reverse. WITH CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY. One of only about 25 covers known franked with Puerto Principe provisional stamps and one of only two covers known addressed to Germany.
The Sc 198 stamps were part of the "fourth printing" done in Puerto Principe on December 27, 1898, scarcely two weeks before this cover was mailed, judging by the arrival date at Havana.
With printed corner card of Voigt & Rodríguez, the well-known Santa Cruz del Sur merchants.
The stamps were left uncancelled at Santa Cruz del Sur, that at this point in time did not have a town date stamp and was using only a "Parrilla killer" to obliterate stamps.
According to information available, (Puerto Principe - An interesting issue of stamps in Cuba - J.M. Andreini, NY, 1904) mail from Santa Cruz del Sur traveled 45 miles on a dirt road to Puerto Principe. From there another 45 miles by railroad to Nuevitas and from Nuevitas, another 409 miles by steamboat to Havana. (This service was provided only twice a month by the firm of Alonso Jauma & Co.)
January 16th 1899, the date of arrival of this cover at Havana was a Monday. In trying to understand why the stamps on this cover escaped cancellation at Santa Cruz del Sur, we theorize that perhaps this cover was taken to the Santa Cruz del Sur Post Office at the last minute on Friday the 13th and in a rush to get it to Nuevitas before the twice-a-month steamboat would sail for Havana, the stamps were left uncancelled.
If the steamer sailed from Nuevitas in the afternoon of Saturday the 14th and if it was capable of a speed of only 10 knots (10 nautical miles per hour), the timing was just right for this cover to arrive at Havana before 10 AM on Monday, January 16th, at which time it was backstamped.
But of course, this is only a theory and the explanation of why these stamps escaped cancellation could be a lot more simple: this cover could have gotten stuck to the back of the previous envelope in the group and the Postal Clerk could have just miss it! It could have been just that simple! Real postal history in the making!
Interestingly, the only other known cover with Puerto Principe stamps to Germany also arrived there on January 31st, 1899 so it probably came from Puerto Principe on the same steamboat and left Havana on the same day as this one did.
Includes Certificate of Authenticity issued by Carlos Echenagusia Garcia of Madrid, Spain. Mr. Echenagusia, in his Certificate of Authenticity, states that in his opinion "this cover is genuine". A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN ONE OF THESE EXTREMELY SCARCE PUERTO PRINCIPE COVERS!


Item Number: 10-Sc0200,200a
Description: Cuba 1898 - Sc 200, 200a Puerto Principe unused, original gum, never hinged complete setting
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Cuba 1898 - HABILITADOS DE PUERTO PRINCIPE - Sc 200 (4), 200a (1) - [EDIFIL 15 (4), 15hp (1)]
Unused, original gum and never hinged. A great example of a complete setting strip of 5 of the 10 centavos red surcharge on 1c black violet stamps. These stamps are part of the fourth printing done in Puerto Principe (Camagüey) on December 27th, 1898. ONLY 1000 STAMPS OF THE 10C VALUE WERE OVERPRINTED (Puerto Principe - An interesting issue of stamps in Cuba - J.M. Andreini, 1904 - Page 25). Therefore, only 200 strips like this one were ever possible. But of course, many were broken up and used for postage back in 1898 and many more were broken up by collectors over the next 115 years. We estimate that less than 20 of these complete settings remain extant today.
The red ink used for these overprints was basically made at the printing shop by mixing low quality, very heavy red ink with vegetable compounds in order to dilute it sufficiently to make it workable. This sticky ink explains all the red ink smudges that can be found on many of these stamps. The forgers have never been able to duplicate the exact hue of this red ink and the authenticity of these stamps, in my opinion, can be established almost exclusively by training your eye to recognize the correct red tone of the ink.
This strip includes the "broken 1" constant variety (Sc 200a -EDIFIL 15hp) which is the fourth stamp from the left. Very scarce! Even the world renowned Peter A. Robertson collection of Puerto Principe issues sold by Christie's of New York back in 1988 had only one unused strip of 5 (not counting another one with a displaced surcharge) that had been previously separated into 2 pairs and a single, and later rejoined.



Item Number: 12-ScC016
Description: Cuba 1935 - Sc C16 Sky Train Blk of 4 on day of arrival cover
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Cuba 1935 - Sc C16 - (EDIFIL 276) Blk of 4 on Day of Arrival Cover.
This cover was cancelled on May 14th. 1935, the day of arrival of the Sky Train (Tren Aereo) in Havana which was five days prior to the official First Day of issue of the stamp on May 19th. Extremely rare cancelled on this date and much more so featuring a block of 4 of these stamps.


Item Number: 23-Sc0320-Blk4
Description: Cuba 1934 - 5c Carlos J. Finlay Security Banknote Company plate proofs - Block of 4
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CUBA 1934 - Sc 320 - (EDIFIL 275) for the regularly issued stamp.
A very scarce Security Banknote Co. imperforate plate and color proofs of the 5 centavos value of the Carlos J. Finlay stamp in a block of 4. These were printed in sheets of 300 stamps (Two panes of 150 stamps each, separated by a vertical gutter) Only one sheet, or at the most, 2 sheets of 300 stamps are believed to exist. No gum as found in the archives of the SBC.


Item Number: 23-Sc0506
Description: Cuba 1953 - Jose Marti Wright Banknote Co. imperforate plate proofs - Horizontal pairs
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CUBA 1953 - Sc 506, C80, C81, C85 and C87 - (EDIFIL 544s, 546s, 548s, 550s and 552s)
Sc 506, C80, C81, C85 and C87 for the regularly issued stamps. A very scarce, complete set of the five known Wright Banknote Company imperforate plate proofs in horizontal pairs. Full original gum and never hinged. Only 100 sets ( 2 sets of sheets of 50 stamps each) believed to exist.


Item Number: 23-Sc0594-C181
Description: Cuba 1958 - J.M. Gomez imperforate Plate Proofs - Blocks of 4
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Cuba 1958 - Sc 594, C181 - (EDIFIL 744-45) for the regularly issued stamps.
Wright Banknote Company imperforate plate proof blocks of 4 of the 1958 Jose Miguel Gomez issue, with full original gum and never hinged. The 4c value is printed in a lighter hue of blue than the issued stamp. Very, very scarce. Not listed in EDIFIL or any other catalogues we know of. Only 100 stamps believed to exist and only few available to collectors at this time since a complete set of sheets of 50 remains uncut.


Item Number: 25-Sc239-46
Description: Cuba 1910 - Sc. 239-46 American Banknote Co. SPECIMEN overprints
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Cuba 1910 - Scott 239-46 - (EDIFIL 181MT-88MT) SPECIMEN OVERPRINTS
Scott 239-46 for the regularly issued stamps. Full original gum and never hinged. These are Specimen overprints from the archives of the American Banknote Company, originally sold by Christie's of New York in 1990. Stamps are overprinted with small Specimen in red and security punched to prevent postal usage. Of the 1c and 2c values, two additional stamps with large SPECIMEN overprints are also included. Of this issue, only 200 complete sets were found in the Archives of the ABC. Besides, making the printing plates, the ABC also did the printing of these stamps. When they originally shipped these stamps to Cuba, they kept Specimen sheets of all the values. Later on, as the Cuban Post Office ran out and reordered more stamps of some of the lower values, SPECIMEN sheets of those reprints were also placed in their archives. That is the reason why there are two different versions of the 1 centavo and 2 centavos stamps, with large and small Specimen overprints.


Item Number: 25-Sc247-52
Description: Cuba 1911-13 - Sc. 247-52 American Banknote Co. SPECIMEN overprints
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Cuba 1911-13 - Scott 247-52 - (EDIFIL 190MT-94MT) SPECIMEN OVERPRINTS
Scott 247-52 for the regularly issued stamps. Full original gum and never hinged. These are Specimen overprints from the archives of the American Banknote Company, originally sold by Christie's of New York in 1990. Stamps are overprinted with small Specimen in red and security punched to prevent postal usage. Of the 1c, 2c and 5c values, three additional stamps with large SPECIMEN overprints are also included. Of this issue, only 300 complete sets were found in the Archives of the ABC. Besides making the printing plates, the ABC also did the actual printing of these stamps. When they originally shipped these stamps to Cuba, they kept Specimen sheets of all the values. Later on, as the Cuban Post Office ran out and reordered more stamps of some of the lower values, SPECIMEN sheets of those reprints were also placed in their archives. That is the reason why there are two different versions of the 1 centavo, 2 centavos and 5 centavos stamps, with large and small Specimen overprints. But we are not sure why the One Peso stamp exists only with large SPECIMEN overprint. The 5 centavos stamp with large SPECIMEN overprint was security-punched slightly over the right margin of the stamp.


Item Number: 25-Sc423
Description: Cuba 1948 - A. Maceo Waterlow and Sons SPECIMENS
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SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD - Cuba 1948 - Scott 423-25 - (EDIFIL 410P-412P)
Scott 423-25 for the regularly issued stamps. Imperforate Specimens of the 1c, 2c and 5c values of the 1948 Antonio Maceo issue. Stamps are overprinted in black at a 30 deg. angle with "WATERLOW & SONS LTD - SPECIMEN" and security punched to prevent postal usage. The 1c value is printed in red instead of green as the issued stamp. The 2c value in reddish-brown instead of red and the 5c value in brown instead of blue. This is a complete SPECIMEN set of these since only these three values are know to exist. Listed by EDIFIL and priced at € 360,- or around US $510.- VERY SCARCE AND SELDOM SEEN.


Item Number: 30a-1842-50CorrMarit
Description: CUBA 1842-50 - EMPRESA DE CORREOS MARITIMOS - Complete set of the eight CORREO MARITIMO No. elliptical markings
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CUBA 1842-50 - EMPRESA DE CORREOS MARITIMOS markings. A complete set of the eight known "CORREO MARITIMO No." elliptical markings on eight sheet folded letters.
A complete set of the eight known CORREO MARITIMO No. elliptiical markings applied in blue, on sheet folded letters including the EXTREMELY RARE Correo Maritimo No. 5. Seven of the sheet folded letters are complete and include all the original pages. The Correo Maritimo No. 5 is a wrapper only, since the letter has been removed. Six of the SFL's are addressed to Sr. Don Jose Martorell y Guitart at Barcelona, another to Sr. Don. Ignacio Perez de Soto at Madrid and another to Sr. Don Pedro A. de Errasquin at Bilbao.
NEEDLESS TO SAY, AN EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE SET. WE DO NOT REMEMBER EVER SEEING A COMPLETE SET OF THESE OFFERED FOR SALE. This set was put together by us, over many years, one SFL at a time!


Item Number: 30-CC-ALACRANES
Description: Cuba 1849-50 - CARTERIA DE ALACRANES straightline handstamp on SFL to Matanzas
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CUBA 1849-50 - CARTERIA DE ALACRANES.
Extremely rare straightline handstamp applied in blue on front of undated SFL (no contents) sent by the Governor of Alacranes to the Alcalde Mayor Primero de la Ciudad de Matanzas. 1½ Due rate also applied in blue on front. This mark was in use for only a short period of time, between 1849 and 1850. One of only a handful known. Listed in the Ginovart & Tizon Catalogue of the Postal Markings of Spain and Indies and classified as RRR (Rarisima) or Extremely Rare.


Item Number: 31-1857Sc7Front
Description: Cuba 1855 - Sc 7 - EDIFIL 4 Used on Havana, Dec 11 1857 full frontal
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Cuba 1855 - The Y¼ surcharge (Scott 7 - EDIFIL 4) used on a full frontal.
The tall and narrow "Y" (Type I) Y¼ surcharge on carmine stamp (Scott 7 - EDIFIL 4) used in Havana on Dec. 11, 1857 on a full frontal addressed to Sr. Don J. Pla y Monge. This is just the front part of the SFL, without contents.
The stamp has two full margins (at top and right), close but not into the design at bottom and very slightly into the design at the top and bottom of the left margin.
There is an expert mark, applied very lightly to the right of the stamp that reads A C S in a circle. This is very probably the expert mark of Albert Cohen Sabban, of Paris, France, but not absolutely sure.
The stamp is cancelled and tied to the frontal by a black "Parrilla" and there is a HABANA (1) - 11 DI - (18)57 double rim cds applied in blue on front. The horizontal file fold right under the name of the addressee has been reinforced from behind with two stamp hinges.
The 2012 EDIFIL Specialized Catalogue of the Stamps of Cuba prices this stamp on a SFL at € 825.- (US $1240.-). Since this is not a full SFL, it has been priced accordingly. Needless to say, a great rarity, of which probably less than a dozen exist.


Item Number: 31-1890Sc144-3
Description: Cuba 1890 - La Prensa Unida - Zayas y Quintero Advertising cover
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Cuba 1890 - Sc 144 - (EDIFIL 115) on front and all-over-back illustrated Advertising cover

5c olive gray stamp of 1890 on beautiful front and all-over-back illustrated advertising cover of LA PRENSA UNIDAD - AGENCIA GENERAL DE ANUNCIOS de ZAYAS Y QUINTERO - Fundada en 1876 used from Havana to New York. Stamp cancelled with incomplete CORREOS - HABANA - 21 AGO (18)90 cds

The front of this cover promotes their advertising publishing business (they published Cuba's Mercantile Directory among other things) while the back of the cover concentrates on their other businesses as Importers and Factory Representatives of a broad range of products and manufactures like knitting machines, adding machines (sic: Maquinas de sacar cuentas), inks and varnishes for printing and lithography, jewelry, optical and watchmaking materials. This firm gave the word "diversification" a whole new meaning! Backstamped on arrival at NY with a "New York - Sep 13, (18)90 -Paid All" spectacle handstamp.
Take a look at the back of this beautiful cover! LAST ONE IN OUR STOCK!


Item Number: 31-1898Sc146
Description: Cuba 1898 - Sc 146 on cover FARMACIA Y DROGUERIA EL AMPARO printed corner card
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Cuba 1898 - Sc 146 - (EDIFIL 149)

5c blue stamp on beautiful cover from Havana to New York. Printed corner card of "FARMACIA Y DROGUERIA EL AMPARO - del LDO. A CASTELLS. Telegrafo: Castells - EMPEDRADO 24, 26 Y 28 - HABANA" In great condition, with no tears, folds, etc., only one very small and light stain over "York" of New York.


Item Number: 36-UN-EDIF047ip
Description: Cuba 1899 - EDIFIL 47ip - Sc U7 - 2c carmine on buff Miro y Otero unused stamped envelope
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Cuba 1899 - Sc U7 (EDIFIL 47ip) (Higgins & Gage 5) (UPSS 7)
2c de Peso, carmine on buff, unused stamped envelope with the printed corner card of "Miro y Otero - Almacenistas Importadores de Viveres - Obrapia No. 27 - HABANA". By far, the scarcest of all the US envelopes overprinted for use in Cuba. According to information available in the United Postal Stationery Society Catalogue (UPSS), 5,000 of these envelopes were printed.
But for a while now and judging by how incredibly scarce these U7 envelopes are, we have had the suspicion that perhaps the amounts printed of the U8 envelope (1500) got switched by mistake with the amounts printed of the U7 envelope (5000) and in reality only 1500 of these U7 envelopes (and 5000 of the U8) were ever printed. But in our experience, Cuba philatelic items of which only 1500 or so exist, show up in the market with more frequency than these U7 envelopes ever do.
So now we have a new theory. Now we think that perhaps, by mistake, another zero was added to the amounts printed of these U7 envelopes and in reality, only 500 (and not 5000) of these were printed. This new theory of mine makes more sense and is much more consistent with how far and apart these envelopes are offered for sale. Only a theory of course, but that could explain why these envelopes are so incredibly hard to find!
More than 35 years ago, I was at a Brooklyn, NY stamp shop and I was talking to the store owner about these envelopes and how hard to come by they were. His reasoning for their scarcity was that "someone is sitting on a bunch of these and they will surface one of these days". Needless to say, he could have been right but it hasn't happened yet. The Brooklyn stamp dealer, Mr. Abraham Siegel, is no longer wth us, and needless to say, he never saw his prediction come true.


Item Number: 37-US-EDIF77Bullard
Description: Cuba 1903 - EDIFIL 77ip - 2c carmine on white stamped envelope - Bacon Steamship Line corner card used by John R. Bullard
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Cuba 1903 - EDIFIL 77(ip) - 2 cent Christopher Columbus, 160x89mm, Knife 81 stamped envelope.
The 1903 2c carmine on white Christopher Columbus stamped envelope used from Havana to Boston, Mass. Privately printed corner card of: BACON STEAMSHIP LINE - Mercaderes 35, Havana. Indicium cancelled with HAVANA - CUBA - AUG. 17, 1903 duplex c.d.s. - This envelope was used by Mr. John R. Bullard, addressed probably to his mother (don't think he was married at this time) in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Bullard was living in Cuba since the late 1890's and in 1901 he volunteered, was injected and became very ill with yellow fever. Unlike Clara Maass, he survived and later on, in 1929, became the recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor for his "service to humanity and science" along with Dr. Walter Reed, Jesse Lazear and others. Information about him can be found in the book "Yellow Jack" (John R. Pierce and Jim Writer - 2005) and in Google, of course. This envelope does not bear his name, but I recognized his handwriting from a similar envelope that remains in my collection. That envelope bears his corner card from the time he was living in Artemisa, where he purchased land and became a farmer. (See picture with a red background) - The 2012 EDIFIL catalogue value for these envelopes with a privately printed corner card is € 95,- (US $130.00). Cleanly opened at top, slightly rough at the upper right corner but no loss of paper whatsoever. There is a light (rubber band?) stain down the center of the envelope, that as it is always the case, looks much worse in the scanned picture that to the naked eye.


Item Number: 39-UN-EDIF002A
Description: Cuba 1879 - EDIFIL 2A Postal Card - Extremely Rare Type II
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Cuba 1879 - EDIFIL 2A Postal Card.
EXTREMELY RARE Type II, 25c reddish brown and orange on buff, unused Postal Card from only one position in Plate II. This Type II card shows the "r" of "Sr" ending on a downward stroke rather than on a dot, as all the other 39 card positions in this issue, from both Plates I and II. It appear that Plate I became damaged towards the end of the calendar year 1879 and Plate II was made to replace it, which included only one position (of 20 in the plate) showing this variety. Since the plate was put in use towards the end of the year, it appears that very few impressions were taken before the 1880 cards went in use. This card, undoubtly due to its scarcity, went unnoticed by collectors for 116 years. Then in 1995, the first ever reported example was offered for sale in Spain as part of the Dr. Ibañez collection of Cuba. When the 1997 EDIFIL Specialized Catalogue of the Stamps of Cuba was released, we were certain that this newly discovered variety would be included, but to no avail. Finally it was included in the 2002 edition of the catalogue and priced at € 1500,- (around US $2100.-) probably using the Auction result as guidance. NEEDLESS TO SAY, A GREAT, SELDOM IF EVER SEEN RARITY.


Item Number: 40-US-EDIF027Fb
Description: Cuba 1896 - EDIFIL 27AFa - 2c green on yellow postal card, uprated and used to France
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Cuba 1896 - EDIFIL 27AFa - 2c green on yellow uprated postal card to France.
The 2 centavos de peso green postal card of 1892 (that was reprinted on yellow stock in 1896) uprated by the addition of a 1c de peso dark violet stamp and used to Paris, France on Dec. 29th, 1896. The card is addressed to Leopold Rivier, "Agence Lubin", Paris. The message on the reverse side contains a bit of postal history and it reads:

29/12/96 - Estimado Sr. Confirmo mi remesa por conducto de Mr. J. Van Caneghem y espero Ud. la haya recibido á su debido tiempo. Deseo me diga al contestarme, los sellos de Cuba que le faltan, incluyendo en la Manco Nota los modernos también, lo mismo que las milésimas. En cuanto á tarjetas Postales ya no quedan más que éstas, pues las de 4 centavos ya se concluyeron por estar á terminarse el año. De la próxima nueva emision le mandaré de las diferentes clases que se emitan. En espera de su pronta contesta quedo a sus órdenes, deseandole feliz año nuevo. S.(u) S.(eguro) S.(ervidor) - R. Krieghoff.

In a nutshell, Mr. Krieghoff explains to the recipient of the card that he had sent stamps to him, asks for another Want List and mentions that of the postcards, there are no more 4 centavos de peso cards available, since the year (1896) was coming to an end and wished him a happy new year.
So now we know that these 2 centavos de Peso cards were being uprated because the 4 centavos de peso cards were sold out.
The 2012 EDIFIL catalogue lists this uprated card as 27AFa and prices it at € 220,- or around US $286.00 at the current rate of exchange.


Item Number: 40-US-EDIF039
Description: Cuba 1899 - EDIFIL 39 Postal Card - ILLEGAL USE - Uprated and used from NEW YORK to Budapest
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Cuba 1899 - Scott UX1 - EDIFIL 39 - H&G 36 - Overprinted Postal Card, uprated and ILLEGALLY used from New York.
The first postal card issued by the U.S. Administration for use in Cuba. These cards were created by using an existing 1c. U.S. postal card (UX14) and overprinting them under the indicium with: CUBA.-1c. de Peso. This card was uprated by the addition of a U.S. 1c. Washington stamp (Sc 279) and ILLEGALLY USED FROM NEW YORK to Budapest, Hungary!
Indicium and stamp cancelled with a NEW YORK, NY - JAN 30, 1902 machine cancel. Evidently, this illegal usage went unnoticed since the card was forwarded and arrived in Budapest. Stamped on front upon arrival with: BUDAPEST - (1)902 FEB 12 - E10 receiving mark. There is a private handstamp applied in purple at the lower left corner of: Dr. med FRITZ WOLFF. EXTREMELY RARE and very interesting and unusual usage



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