First Issues - 1855 to 1857

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Cuba SG1 Sc1 Cuba SG3954 Sc3637 Cuba SG335 Sc263 Cuba SG353 Sc-C1 Cuba SG427 Sc-B1 Cuba SG-D253 Sc-J1
24th April 1855
SG1 Sc1
SG3954 Sc3637
1914 SG335 Sc263
Centenary of Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, poetess
1927 SG353 Sc-C1
Seaplane over Havana Harbour
1938 SG427 Sc-B1
Anti-Cancer Fund
Post Due
1899 SG-D253 Sc-J1

  Cubs SG301 Sc227 Cuba SG306 Sc232
U.S. Administration U.S. Military Rule Independent Republic
1898 SG203 Sc176
1898 o/p
1899 SG301 Sc227 1902 SG306 Sc232

Cuba was a Spanish possession when its first stamp was issued on 24th April 1855 (see note), commemorated in 1995. The country made several attempts to gain independence and in 1898 the U.S. intervened, eventually leading to the Republic being established in 1902. This gives rise to three change of administration issues: an 1898 overprint for U.S. administration; an 1899 issue under U.S. military rule; and the first issue of the Republic, a 1902 overprint.

Cuba SG433 Sc-C31
World's First Rocket Mail Stamp
1939 SG433 Sc-C31

Cuba’s minor postal innovation is a 1939 stamp for a Rocket Mail service that never materialised and even celebrated this in 1995 with a miniature sheet, shown on the reverse of the first page. It also has an entry on the Express stamp tangent page, of which more later.


Sweden SG2 Sc2 Sweden SG57 Sc66 Sweden SG120a Sc-C1 Sweden SG86a Sc-B1 Sweden SG-O28a Sc-O1 Sweden SG-D27 Sc-J1
[1st July 1855]
SG2 Sc2
1903 SG57 Sc66
Opening of GPO, Stockholm
1920 SG120a Sc-C1
o/p 1910 official SG-O102 Sc-O43
1916 SG86a Sc-B1
o/p 1891 SG29 Sc40
for the Militia
1874 SG-O28 Sc-O1
Post Due
1874 SG-D27 Sc-J1

Sweden SG1625 Sweden SG1627
3sk green commemorative
1992 SG1625
3sk yellow commemorative
1992 SG1627

Sweden’s 3 skilling #1 sells for £5k and £2½k, mint and used and so the 4sk #2 is shown. The absurdly priced, unique 3sk yellow error of colour (SG1b, Sc1a) was a variant on the first issue. Both the green and yellow versions were commemorated in 1992.


Cuba #1 came apart rather when being handled for this display. I have stuck the pieces together with a section of hinge, but it is clearly fragmenting. So it goes: it's done quite well to last 150 years.


page written June 2013