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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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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
(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
was a leader of the Cuban independence movement. He is
considered a national hero and is known as the "Apostle of Cuban
Maximo Gomez y Baez
was born in the Dominican Republic. He was Cuba's military commander
in the War of Independence from 1895 to 1898.