Presented here are scans of the Earliest Reported Postmarks (ERPs) of Cuba on postal stationery which were produced in the periods of the U.S. Intervention (1898 - 1902) and the Republic. The table for stamped envelopes is followed by a table for postal cards. The United Postal Stationery Society (UPSS) has for many years kept track of U.S. ERPs on postal stationery. Beginning with the publication of the book entitled The Postal Stationery of the Possessions and Administrative Areas of the United States of America, UPSS 2009, that tradition has been carried on by its authors for Cuba. The Republic postal stationery is the subject of a forthcoming monograph by Robert Littrell and the ERPs will be extended for Cuba of that period as well.

I want these listing to be as complete as possible. If you have a scan of any missing card or envelope, or have an entirely new Earliest Reported Postmark, then by all means sent it to me, Robert Littrell, for reporting and posting.

Stamped Envelopes

UPSS No. Edifil No. ERP
Denomination
Paper Color  /  Size
Illustration
1 42 4 April 1899

2¢ white
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 54
Thorp knife 50


Source: Robert Littrell
2 centavos green on white
"World's Ugliest ERP"
1a 42hi 12 May 1899

2¢ white
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 54
Thorp knife 50


Inverted Overprint

Source: Robert A. Siegel
Auction No. 856 (2003)
2 centavos green on white
1b 42hh 11 May 1899

2¢ white
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 54
Thorp knife 50


Double Overprint

Source: H.R. Harmer
Auction No. 3000 (2011)
2 centavos green on white
1c 3 May 1899

2¢ white
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 54
Thorp knife 50


damaged C in CUBA variety

Source: Robert Littrell
2 43 13 April 1899

2¢ amber
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 54
Thorp knife 50


Source: Ernesto Cuesta
3 48ip 20 July 1899

2¢ buff
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 54
Thorp knife 50


Source: Octavio Cabrera
4a 46ip 3 June 1899

1¢ buff
95 x 171 mm
UPSS knife 77
Thorp knife 76

Source: Octavio Cabrera
4b 46Aip 12 June 1900

1¢ buff
95 x 171 mm
UPSS knife 77
Thorp knife 76


Source: Ernesto Cuesta
5 41 8 October 1899

1¢ blue
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 56
Thorp knife 75


Source: Mark Tyx
6 49ip 15 August 1899

2¢ amber
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 56
Thorp knife 75

Listed in 2009 UPSS Postal Stationery of U.S. Possessions catalog
7 47ip 10 August 1899

2¢ buff
95 x 171 mm
UPSS knife 77
Thorp knife 76


Source: Octavio Cabrera
2 centavos red on buff
8 44 24 July 1899

2¢ blue
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 56
Thorp knife 75


Source: Robert Littrell
2 centavos red on blue
8a 44 9 September 1899

2¢ blue
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 56
Thorp knife 75
8b 11 May 1899

2¢ blue
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 56
Thorp knife 75


Source: Robert A. Siegel
Auction No. 856 (2003)
2 centavos red on blue
9 51 4 November 1899

1¢ white
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 56
Thorp knife 75


Source: Ernesto Cuesta
10 51A 14 Aug 1901

1¢ white
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 57
Thorp knife 81


Source: Octavio Cabrera
11 52 11 September 1899

1¢ amber
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 56
Thorp knife 75


Source: Ernesto Cuesta
12 53 1¢ buff
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 56
Thorp knife 75

NO USED EXAMPLES OF THIS ENVELOPE HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO DATE
13 8 Oct 1900

1¢ buff
95 x 171 mm
UPSS knife 77
Thorp knife 76

Listed in 2009 UPSS Postal Stationery of U.S. Possessions catalog
13a 65 30 September 1899

1¢ buff
95 x 171 mm
UPSS knife 77
Thorp knife 76


Source: Ernesto Cuesta
14 65A 8 Oct 1900

1¢ buff
95 x 171 mm
UPSS knife 78
Thorp knife 83


Source: Ernesto Cuesta
15 54 1¢ blue
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 56
Thorp knife 75

NO USED EXAMPLES OF THIS ENVELOPE HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO DATE
16 60 18 October 1899

1¢ blue
95 x 171 mm
UPSS knife 77
Thorp knife 76


Source: Robert Littrell
1 centavo green on blue
17 (W1) 67 6 January 1900

1¢ manila
265 x 140 mm

Source: Octavio Cabrera
18 55 24 September 1899

2¢ white
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 56
Thorp knife 75


Source: Robert Littrell
2 centavos red on white
19 55A 2 February 1900

2¢ white
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 54
Thorp knife 50


Source: Robert Littrell
2 centavos red on white
20 55B 5 February 1901

2¢ white
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 57
Thorp knife 81


Source: Mark Tyx
21 62 26 August 1901

2¢ white
106 x 241 mm
UPSS knife 106
Thorp knife 59


Source: Octavio Cabrera
22 56 21 September 1899

2¢ amber
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 56
Thorp knife 75


Source: Robert Littrell
23 56A 23 January 1901

2¢ amber
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 57
Thorp knife 81


Source: Ernesto Cuesta
24 63 12 July 1902

2¢ amber
106 x 241 mm
UPSS knife 106
Thorp knife 59


Source: Robert Littrell
25 57 4 July 1900

2¢ buff
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 54
Thorp knife 50


Source: Robert Littrell
2 centavos red on buff
26 66 14 December 1899

2¢ buff
95 x 171 mm
UPSS knife 77
Thorp knife 76


Source: Robert Littrell
2 centavos red on buff
27 61 5 Nov 1899

2¢ blue
95 x 171 mm
UPSS knife 77
Thorp knife 76


Source: Robert Littrell
2 centavos red on blue
28 (W2) 68 21 September 1899

2¢ manila
265 x 140 mm

Source: Robert Littrell
2 centavos red on manila
29 58 19 September 1899

5¢ white
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 56
Thorp knife 75


Source: Octavio Cabrera
5 centavos blue on white
30 64 12 June 1905

5¢ white
106 x 241 mm
UPSS knife 106
Thorp knife 59


Source: Ernesto Cuesta
31 59 14 April 1900

5¢ amber
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 56
Thorp knife 75


Source: Bill Bean
5 centavos blue on amber
32 75 22 July 1904

1¢ white
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 57
Thorp knife 81


Source: Robert Littrell
33 76 1¢ amber
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 57
Thorp knife 81
RESERVED FOR MORE INPUT
34 1¢ buff
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 57
Thorp knife 81

NO USED EXAMPLES OF THIS ENVELOPE HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO DATE
35 80 1¢ white
95 x 171 mm
UPSS knife 78
Thorp knife 83
RESERVED FOR MORE INPUT
36a 1¢ buff
95 x 171 mm

UPSS knife 78
Thorp knife 83

Elias Miró corner card

Source: Octavio Cabrera

This the only such envelope known to exist
43 77 26 December 1902

2¢ white
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 57
Thorp knife 81


Source: Octavio Cabrera
44 78 31 July 1903

2¢ amber
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 57
Thorp knife 81


Source: Robert Littrell
45a 81 28 February 1910

2¢ white
95 x 171 mm
UPSS knife 78
Thorp knife 83


Source: Ernesto Cuesta
48a 2¢ buff
95 x 171 mm

Elias Miró corner card
UPSS knife 78
Thorp knife 83

Source: Octavio Cabrera

This the only such envelope known to exist
49 82 5 February 1906

2¢ white
106 x 241 mm
UPSS knife 106
Thorp knife 59


Source: Octavio Cabrera
50 83 1 April 1905

2¢ amber
106 x 241mm
UPSS knife 106
Thorp knife 59


Source: Robert Littrell
53 79 5¢ white
89 x 160 mm
UPSS knife 57
Thorp knife 81
RESERVED FOR MORE INPUT
62 85A 1¢ white
100 x 175 mm

RESERVED FOR MORE INPUT
62a 85 1¢ white
100 x 175 mm
NO inscription on flap
RESERVED FOR MORE INPUT
64 86A 9 January 1911

2¢ white
100 x 175 mm
with inscription on flap*

Source: Augusto Brosa Quintana
64a 86 28 August 1912

2¢ white
100 x 175 mm
NO inscription on flap*

Source: Ernesto Cuesta
64b 10 August 1911

2¢ bluish white or gray
wove paper
100 x 175 mm
with inscription on flap*

Source: Octavio Cabrera
65 89A 13 February 1911

2¢ white
106 x 241 mm
with inscription on flap*

Source: Ernesto Cuesta
65a 89 19 April 1913

2¢ white
106 x 241 mm
NO inscription on flap*

Listed in forthcoming UPSS Postal Stationery of the Cuban Republic catalog
66 87A 24 February 1911

5¢ white
100 x 175 mm
with inscription on flap*

Source: Robert Littrell
66a 87 5¢ white
100 x 175 mm
NO inscription on flap*
RESERVED FOR MORE INPUT
* The inscription is under the flap behind the indicium and in raised (embossed) lettering on the series of 1910 reads: "WATERLOW & SONS, LIMITED, LONDON WALL, LONDON"

 

Postal Cards

UPSS No. Edifil No. ERP
Denomination
Illustration
S1 39 17 March 1899

1 centavo

Octavio Cabrera
1c postal card
S1a 39ra 20 April 1899

1 centavo
Listed in 2009 UPSS Postal Stationery of U.S. Possessions catalog
S1b 39r 1 July 1902

1 centavo
Listed in 2009 UPSS Postal Stationery of U.S. Possessions catalog
S2 40 10 February 1899

2 centavos

Source: Octavio Cabrera
2c postal card
S2b 12 July 1899

2 centavos
Listed in 2009 UPSS Postal Stationery of U.S. Possessions catalog
S3 69 1 January 1904

2 centavos

Scan: Mark Tyx

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