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1931 Letter from Havana, Cuba to Weatherhead Thompson & Co.
Miss-sent to Pawtucket, RI & forwarded C/O Industrial Trust Co.

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This 1931 Letter was mailed from Francisco Soler in Havana Cuba to Weatherhead Thompson & Company in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. It was then forwarded to them in care of the Industrial Trust Company in Providence. Note the Pawtucket May 15, 1931 back-stamp to the left.

The cover is franked with two 1930 reprints of the 1917 portrait issue;  a Jose Marti - 1 Centavo Green and a Maximo Gomez - 2 Centavo Rose, (Scott Numbers 299 and 300.)

The firm of Weatherhead Thompson & Co. was originally founded by George Weatherhead in 1852 in partnership with John E. Thompson in Central Falls, RI. The firm manufactured oak and tanned leather belting, lace, rawhide, along with manufacturers and mill supplies including thread and silk spools. I found no further information on the company, however as this letter was addressed in care of the Industrial Trust Company, I believe that by 1931 the company was most likely in receivership.

I could not locate the correct Francisco Solar, however he was most likely a Cuban barrister requesting payment on behalf of one or more of his clients.

The Stamp Portraits:

Jose Julian Marti Perez (1853-1895) was a leader of the Cuban independence movement. He is considered a national hero and is known as the "Apostle of Cuban Independence."

Maximo Gomez y Baez (1836-1905) was born in the Dominican Republic. He was Cuba's military commander in the War of Independence from 1895 to 1898.

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