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Steve Hiscocks wrote:
Apart from frequent changes of currency the telegraph stamps of Cuba are up to 1898, typical of those of Spanish colonies progressing through those of
Isobel II, arms types reflecting various changes in Spain. Alfonso XII, and arms again. The revolution of 18 September, 1868, which removed Isobel II,
gave rise to a set of provisionals as with postage stamps. In 1874 and 1889-90 telegraph stamp shortages gave rise to the use of fiscals as noted below.
Cuba rebelled in 1898 and became an independent republic in 1902. It is not known what, if any, stamps were used for the prepayment of telegrams
between 1898 and 1902 or in the early republican era up to 1910 when the first republican telegraph stamps were issued. The last issue, that of 1916,
was apparently in use for eight years until telegraph stamps were discontinued on 1 January 1924: they are surprisingly scarce.


"In the year 1851 Mr. Samuel Kennedy was granted authorization to establish a telegraph line in Havana,
between the Villanueva theatre and the Plaza Monserrate I understand.

The telegraph lines appear to have grown with the rail network and extended throughout the length and breadth of the island. It should be noted that the telegraph service, like the rail service, was
implemented in Cuba before it was in Spain.

According to Bill Glover :
Captain James Alexander Scrymser applied to the Florida State Legislature for the rights
to land a cable at Punta Rassa(W.Florida); this was granted for a period of twenty years.
At the same time General William F. Smith applied to the Cuban Government for similar
cable landing rights in Cuba; this was granted for a period of forty years.
The success of these two applications led to the formation of the
International Ocean Telegraph Company.
An Act of Congress passed on 5 May 1866 granted the company exclusive rights to operate
all Cuban traffic for a period of fourteen years.
At the same time exclusive rights to operate a private landline between Punta Rassa
and Lake City(N. Florida) was also granted.
At Lake City the line linked with Western Union’s network.
In 1867 a maritime cable was laid between Cuba and Florida, and in 1868 the necessary permits were granted to extend them to Puerto Rico, Mexico, Panama and the north coast of South America.

The war of 1868-78 required the civilian telegraph network to be used by, and extended by the military.
By the year 1879 there were 172 telegraphic stations in Cuba with five main offices: Havana, Santa Clara, Port-au-Prince(now Camagüey), Victoria de las Tunas and Santiago de Cuba. The Royal Decree of May 29, 1884, published in the Official Gazette of Havana on June 24 of the same year, provided that the postal and telegraph services should be united in one, and that both, with the denomination of Corps of Communications, were under the direction of a General Administrator ".

According to atlantic-Cable.com, from 1870-73 cables for the West India & Panama Telegraph Co. were laid accordingly:
Santiago de Cuba Holland Bay, Jamaica Colon, Panama.
Jamaica San Juan, Puerto Rico St. Thomas St. Kitts Antigua
Guadeloupe Dominica Martinique St. Lucia St. Vincent Barbados.
St. Vincent Grenada Trinidad British Guiana.

According to Bill Glover, in 1888, La Société Française de Télégraphes Sous-Marin had Cables laid by
CS Westmeath from :
Santiago de CubaGuantanamo, Cuba 50 nm
Guantanamo, CubaSt Nicholas Mole, Haiti 125 nm
St Nicholas MoleCap Haitien, Haiti 96 nm
Cap HaitienPuerto Plata, Dominican Republic 116 nm

In 1896, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command, a cable-cutting recommendation contained "Cable communication with the island should be promptly cut off at Guanabano and Santiago de Cuba. It would also be well to cut the cables entering Cienfuegos." (Despite having ratified the Convention for the Protection of Submarine Telegraph Cables in 1885.) Cables were subsequently cut in 1898. Together, these two references give us the locations of the cables.
Havana connected only to Key-West, Florida.
A cable to Batabano which connected by train and telegraph to Havana.
Batabano to San Luis, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santiago de Cuba, and Guantanamo Bay.
Santiago de Cuba is connected with Jamaica(Kingston) by cable, and Guantanamo with Haiti.

I cannot find a place by the name of Guanabano on the coast, but I have marked one that I could find.

A list of 1906 for wireless-Telegraph stations lists the US Navy as having one at Guantánamo.
A similar list for 1910 shows additional Commercial installations at Cape San Antonio and Havana(Vedado),
as well as Government installations at Baracoa, Bayamo, Camaguey, Cayo Criso, Havana(Morro Castle),
Isle of Pines, Nueva Gerona, Pinar del Rio, Santa Clara and Santiago de Cuba.

This is here to get consistent results on different browsers.

Cuban Map


1868 Isabel II. Wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 14 (1000 Mils = 1 Escudo).

Hiscocks type 1
Type 1, 1868 set


Hisc. Type. 1868 Description Mint Used
H1 1 200m indigo on pink 7.50 4.00
H2 1 500m chocolate on yellow 7.50 4.00
H3 1 1E orange on pale blue 15.00 4.00


1869 As above but dated 1869. White paper.

Cuba H4 Cuba H6 Cuba H6
Type 2 H4 Type 2 H5 - from RL. Type 2 H6


Hisc. Type. 1869 Description Mint Used
H4 2 200m deep dull blue 30.00 10.00
H5 2 500m red-brown 30.00 10.00
H6 2 1E orange 35.00 10.00


1869 As above (Nos. 4-6) but overprinted as type 3 in black or blue as indicated.

Cuba type 3 from Hiscocks page 81 Cuba type 3 from YT Cuba H10 Cuba H11b
Type 3 from Hiscocks page 81
together with a more usual orientation.
courtesy of John Barefoot.
courtesy of John Barefoot.


Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H7 2, 3 200m deep dull blue, overprinted in black 75.00 35.00
H7a           overprinted inverted (reading down) 80.00 40.00
H8 2, 3 200m deep dull blue, overprinted in blue 75.00 35.00
H8a           overprinted inverted (reading down) 80.00 40.00
H9 2, 3 500m red-brown, overprinted in black 75.00 35.00
H9a           overprinted inverted (reading down) 80.00 40.00
H10 2, 3 500m red-brown, overprinted in blue 75.00 35.00
H10a           double overprint 150.00 75.00
H10b           overprinted inverted (reading down) 80.00 40.00
H11 2, 3 1E orange, overprinted in black 75.00 35.00
H11a           double overprint 150.00 75.00
H11b           overprinted inverted (reading down) 80.00 40.00
H12 2, 3 1E orange, overprinted in blue 75.00 35.00
H12a           double overprint 150.00 75.00
H12b           overprinted inverted (reading down) 80.00 40.00

These overprints can be found at all angles. The term 'inverted' should be interpreted liberally.

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. The above overprints were occasioned by the revolution of 18 September 1868
                in Spain, which resulted in the removal of Isobel II.


1870 New design. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 14.

Cuba H14 Cuba H15 Cuba H15
Type 4   H14 Type 4   H15 Type 4   H16a courtesy of Madios.
Click image for listing.

Hiscocks type 1
A strip of H14, courtesy of Adolfo Sarrias.


Hisc. Type. 1870 Description Mint Used
H13 4 200m brown 250.00 100.00
H14 4 500m carmine 5.00 3.75
H14a           imperf. 50.00 -
H15 4 1E blue 5.00 3.75
H16 4 2P grey-brown 225.00 100.00
H16a           imperf. 500.00 -


1870 As above but dated "1870 A 71".

Cuba H17 Cuba H18 Cuba H19
Type 4   H17 Type 4   H18 Type 4   H19 - courtesy of Adolfo Sarrias.


Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H17 4 ½p green 75.00 35.00
H18 4 1P ultramarine 75.00 35.00
H19 4 2P grey-lilac 100.00 60.00
H20 4 4P light red-brown 200.00 60.00


Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. A 200m essay is known (carmine) and colour-trials of the 2P are
                known in ultramarine, violet, brown, green and buff.


1871 New design. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 14 (100c = 1P)

Cuba H22 Cuba H23 Cuba H25
Type 5   H22 Type 5   H23 Type 5   H25


Hisc. Type. 1871 Description Mint Used
H21 (5) 50c green 150.00 50.00
H22 (5) 1P rose 125.00 50.00
H23 (5) 2P sepia 125.00 50.00
H23a           imperf. 200.00 -
H24 (5) 2P mauve 125.00 125.00
H25 (5) 4P blue 125.00 50.00
H26 (5) 4P brown 150.00 50.00


1872 As above but dated 1872.

Cuba Type 5, H27 Cuba Type 5, H28 Cuba Type 5, H29 Cuba Type 5, H30
Type 5, 1872 (H27) Type 5, 1872 (H28) Type 5, 1872 (H29) Type 5, 1872 (H30) - from RL.


Hisc. Type. 1872 Description Mint Used
H27 5 50c mauve 15.00 5.00
H27a           lilac 50.00 30.00
H28 5 1P blue 7.50 3.75
H29 5 2P green 10.00 7.50
H30 5 4P lilac (shades) 7.50 3.75


1873 As above but dated 1873.

Cuba Type 5, H31 Cuba Type 5, H32 Cuba Type 5, H33a Cuba Type 5, H33
Type 5, 1873 (H31) Type 5, 1873 (H32) - from RL. Type 5, 1873 (H33a) - from RL. Type 5, 1873 (H33b)


Hisc. Type. 1873 Description Mint Used
H31 5 1P green 5.00 3.75
H32 5 2P blue 7.50 5.00
H33 5 4P lilac-grey 125.00 40.00
H33a           imperf. 200.00 -
H33b           lilac 150.00 -


1874 New crown, dated 1874.

Cuba Type 5, H34 Cuba Type 5, H36 Cuba Type 5, H36 Cuba Type 5, H36a
Type 5A, 1874 (H34) - from RL. Type 5A, 1874 (H36) - from RL. Type 5A, 1874 (H36) - mine 1874 (H36a) - courtesy of Adolfo Sarrias.

It seems strange to produce two values in the same colour !

Hisc. Type. 1874 Description Mint Used
H34 5A 1P red-brown 20.00 7.50
H34a           imperf. 75.00 -
H35 5A 1P carmine 200.00 100.00
H36 5A 2P red-brown 12.50 3.75
H36a           imperf. 75.00 -
H37 5A 4P brown 175.00 60.00
H37a           imperf. 225.00 -


Hiscocks also gave this note:

Note. On 9 June 1874 a shortage of telegraph stamps led to the use
                of the fiscal "Libros de Comercio" stamps of 1874
                (Forbin No. 25 — 25c deep violet) as a provisional.
                This stamp has not been listed as a telegraph stamp since it
                was produced and mainly used for other purposes and was
                not overprinted or otherwise differentiated for telegraphic use.
  Hiscocks book page 83


1875 New design without date. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 14.

Cuba type 6 Cuba type 6 Cuba type 6 Cuba type 6
Type 6, the One Peseta (H38) Type 6, One Peseta imperf. (H38a) Type 6, the 2 Peseta (H39) Type 6, the 4 Peseta (H40)


Hisc. Type. 1875 Description Mint Used
H38 6 1P green 5.00 3.75
H38a           imperf. 25.00 -
H39 6 2P greyish blue 5.00 3.75
H39a           imperf. 50.00 -
H39b           deep blue 10.00 7.50
H39c           violet blue 20.00 12.50
H40 6 4P carmine 20.00 7.50
H40a           imperf. 60.00 -


1876 New design — Alfonso XII. Dated 1876. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 14.

Cuba type 7
An 1876 selection, Type 7. Note that there are similar postage stamps with 'CORREOS' in the side panels, and without 'TELs'.

Hisc. Type. 1876 Description Mint Used
H41 7 1P bluish green 3.75 3.75
H41a           imperf. 15.00 -
H42 7 2P darkish blue 4.75 3.75
H42a           lightish blue 4.75 3.75
H42b           imperf. 50.00 -
H43 7 4P carmine 200.00 75.00

Cuba 1876 Macularia   Cuba 1876 Macularia
Printers waste? (Maculatura) The 2P in black with an inverted 4p? in carmine. The back has indelible graffiti.


Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Stamps very similar to Nos. 42 and 43 but inscribed "TELEGRAFOS 1876"
                are from Puerto Rico.

1877 New design dated 1877. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 14.

Cuba H44 Cuba H45 Cuba H46 Cuba H48?
1877 1P, H44 1877 1P, H45a 1877 2P, H46 1877 4P, H48?


Hisc. Type. 1877 Description Mint Used
H44 8 1P blue (shades) 5.00 3.75
H44a           imperf. 75.00 -
H45 8 1P red-brown 10.00 5.00
H45a           imperf. 40.00 -
H46 8 2P light yellowish green 7.50 3.75
H46a           imperf. 40.00 -
H46b           on yellowish paper 10.00 5.00
H47 8 4P brown 200.00 100.00
*H48 8 4P light yellowish green 12.50 5.00
H48a           imperf. 40.00 -

* S.E.R. Hiscocks said light blue and John Barefoot says pale blue.
The only 4P I have seen is the one shown (scanned with the 2P), described (correctly) by the seller as YVERT # 41A, given as green, same as the 2P.


1878 Similar to above but shield altered and dated 1878.

Cuba H49 Cuba H49a Cuba H50 Cuba H51
H49, 1P courtesy of Peter Balner. H49a, courtesy of Adolfo Sarrias. 2 Peseta, H50 - one of mine. H51, 4P courtesy of Peter Balner.


Hisc. Type. 1878 Description Mint Used
H49 9 1P yellow-green (shades) 10.00 5.00
H49a           imperf. 40.00 -
H50 9 2P blue 10.00 5.00
H50a           imperf. 40.00 -
H51 9 4P yellow-brown 12.50 5.00


1879 As above but dated 1879.

Cuba H52 Cuba H53 Cuba H54
1879 1P, H52 (Type 10) 1879 2P, H53 (Type 10) 1879 4P, H54 (Type 10)


Hisc. Type. 1879 Description Mint Used
H52 10 1P crimson to brown-lake 6.00 5.00
H53 10 2P blue to deep blue 6.00 5.00
H53a           error — bluish green 120.00 100.00
H54 10 4P blue to bluish green 10.00 5.00
H54a           error — deep blue 150.00 100.00


1880 As above but dated 1880.

Cuba H55 Cuba H56 Cuba H57
1880 1P, H55 (Type 11) 1880 2P, H56 (Type 11) 1880 4P, H57 (Type 11)


Hisc. Type. 1880 Description Mint Used
H55 11 1P myrtle green 7.50 3.75
H56 11 2P crimson 7.50 3.75
H57 11 4P blue to dark blue 7.50 3.75


1881 As above but dated 1881. Values now in 'Centavos de Peseta'.

Cuba Type 12
1881, Type 12 the three values.


Hisc. Type. 1881 Description Mint Used
H58 12 20c brown 7.50 3.75
H58a           light yellowish brown 15.00 7.50
H59 12 40c light rose 7.50 3.75
H59a           salmon-rose 22.00 12.50
H59b           rose-carmine 30.00 20.00
H60 12 80c bluish green 10.00 5.00
H60a           dark green 50.00 50.00


An interesting item, this was advertised (on Delcampe) simply as "CUBA TELEGRAFOS Nº 53. CON CHARNELA." (with hinge).

Cuba Double print a Cuba Double print b Cuba Double print c
1881, H59 Double print ? Blue-channel Blue rotated - 5c 1881 Postage Stamp

There is clearly a bit more to it than that. He does have some other items described as double-prints, but perhaps forgot on this.
Naturally I wanted to see what else was on it so split the colour channels and looked at the blue. Clearly not the same stamp (or colour).
Assuming this was not deliberately contrived, I can only assume that this were done by an offset process and the transfer roller wasn't cleaned between two different runs.
These are referred to as Maculatura and seem to be fairly common for Cuba. I can only assume that 'printers waste' was sold for profit rather than being destroyed.
Examples can also be found printed with stamps of Cuba and the Philippines combined. Presumably the printer in Spain could get away with selling colonial Maculaturas
in Spain, though I haven't seen Spanish ones. There are some dubious Spanish local issues though.


1882 As above but inscribed 'CUBA TELEGRAFOS' with no date.

Cuba H61 Cuba H62 Cuba H63
Type 13 H61 - from RL. Type 13 H62 - from RL. Type 13 H63 - from RL.


Hisc. Type. 1882 Description Mint Used
H61 13 20c yellow-green 10.00 3.75
H62 13 40c grey-blue 15.00 7.50
H63 13 80c olive 15.00 5.00


Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Apart from the provisionals of 1883 below, the remaining issues of the Spanish
                period up to 1896 were all of the same design (Type 13) and can only be
                allocated to their years of issue by their colour/value combinations.

A range of colours were issued in 1882, 1884, 1888, 1890, 1892, 1894 and 1896.
Because of this I have provided a lookup-table to make life easier:

5c Colour Year Hisc.
deep carmine 1890 H74
light blue 1892 H79
deep red-brown 1894 H83
light red-brown 1894 H83b
greyish green 1896 H87
10c Colour Year Hisc.
deep violet 1890 H75
yellow-orange 1892 H80
red-orange 1892 H80a
brown-black 1894 H84
dark slate-blue 1896 H88
20c Colour Year Hisc.
yellow-green 1882 H61
olive-sepia 1884 H69
green 1888 H72
dark violet-brown* 1890 H76
salmon-rose 1892 H81
rose 1892 H81a
blue 1894 H85
dark brown* 1896 H89
40c Colour Year Hisc.
grey-blue 1882 H62
green 1884 H70
dark green 1884 H70a
pale-grey 1888 H73
red-brown 1890 H77
light greyish green 1892 H82
light red-brown 1894 H86
rose (shades) 1896 H90
80c Colour Year Hisc.
olive 1882 H63
grey-blue 1884 H71
blue 1890 H78
deep blue 1890 H78b

*Hiscocks listed two 20c dark browns. Barefoot says one is slightly darker than the other.
Yvert & Tellier list the 1896 20c as sepia, but the 1890 20c as dark violet (the same as they give for the 10c).
Looking at the reference collection of Eugenio de Quesada, I have amended the description of
the 1890 20c to dark violet-brown as there does appear to be a violet tinge to it.



1883 No. 62 above overprinted with the indicated design in carmine.

Overprints from Hiscocks page 85
Overprints types 14 to 18 from Hiscocks page 85

Each sheet of 100 contains 12 of Type 14 and 22 each of the other types.
Type 14 is the first stamp in each row plus a couple of extras thrown in.
There are minor varieties of each and no consistent arrangement,
so that the complete layout would appear (to a cynics eye) to be arranged
to maximise the quantity of different blocks of four.

The minor varieties are due to the frame pattern not being completely symmetric. Even though the '40' may be
the right way up, types 15-18 can have the frame 180° out, and type 14 can be in 4 different orientations.
Further details can be found at the bottom of: www.agoradefilatelia.org, continuing on the next page.

The reason for this issue is that a large quantity of stamps were stolen from the Post Office of Havana on the night of April 9/10, 1883.
The theft included many denominations of postage stamps as well as the 40c 1882 Telegraph stamps.

The origin of the 'Arañitas' (spiders) control marks was a design used in for the Cuban Lottery tickets.
In multiples, these (and similar) made up the border and security background behind the lottery number.
According to John Barefoot these were overprinted on the stamps by "La Propaganda Literaria" in Havana.


T15 Overprint
Type 15.

T16 Overprint
Type 16.
Hisc. Type. 1883 Description Mint Used
H64 13, 14 40c grey-blue 18.00 18.00
H64a           overprint double 200.00 200.00
H64b           two overprints — 14 and 15 100.00 100.00
H64c           two overprints — 14 and 16 100.00 100.00
H64d           two overprints — 14 and 17 100.00 100.00
H64e           two overprints — 14 and 18 100.00 100.00
H65 13, 15 40c on 40c grey-blue 10.00 10.00
H65a           overprint inverted 100.00 100.00
H65b           overprint double 50.00 50.00
H65c           two overprints — 15 and 16 50.00 50.00
H65d           two overprints — 15 and 17 50.00 50.00
H65e           two overprints — 15 and 18 50.00 50.00
H66 13, 16 40c on 40c grey-blue 10.00 10.00
H66a           overprint inverted 100.00 100.00
H66b           overprint double 50.00 50.00
H66c           two overprints — 16 and 17 50.00 50.00
H66d           two overprints — 16 and 18 50.00 50.00
H67 13, 17 40c on 40c grey-blue 10.00 10.00
H67a           overprint inverted 100.00 100.00
H67b           overprint double 50.00 50.00
H67c           two overprints — 17 and 18 50.00 50.00
H68 13, 18 40c on 40c grey-blue 10.00 10.00
H68a           overprint inverted 100.00 100.00
H68b           overprint double 50.00 50.00
  T17 Overprint
Type 17.

T18 Overprint
Type 18.


Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. All of the above varieties have been reported. It is perhaps surprising that there have apparently
                been no reports of double overprints in which one or both are inverted.
Note 2. The above overprints are usually poorly centred. They apparently derive from a similar range used
                on postage stamps in 1883 but with their values altered to '40'.



1884 as 1882 but with new colours.

Cuba H69 Cuba H70 Cuba H70
Type 13 H69 - from RL. Type 13 H70 - used 31 September 1888
courtesy of Adolfo Sarrias.
Type 13 H70a - from RL.

It is interesting to see a late use at the end of September 1888.
A grey one was suposed to have been issued in 1888, but when in 1888 ?

Cuba H70 used
Two used examples courtesy of Arkadiy Avrorov. The left one, used in Santa Clara is slightly yellowed, the other is
more so, and the cancel also looks soaked. This is a danger when soaking off stamps, don't soak too long.
Some stamps are colour fugitive, particularly the British Victorian of 1883/4 "lilac and green" issue, where the
green was made from two components with the blue washing out quickly, changing the colour.
This was deliberately done to prevent re-use.

Hisc. Type. 1884 Description Mint Used
H69 13 20c olive-sepia 20.00 7.50
H70 13 40c green 20.00 7.50
H70a           dark green 50.00 20.00
H71 13 80c grey-blue 20.00 7.50
H71a           grey-ultramarine 50.00 20.00
  This block of four 1882-3 issue, 5c postage stamps
were cancelled with a mark also used on telegraph stamps.

T18 Overprint

Similar marks, were used at other offices, though more often circular
and inscribed more specifically "CUERPO DE TELEGRAFOS".

It should be noted that there are doubts about the status of some Cuban
philatelic items.
1) At the time of the American intervention of 1898-1902 the Spanish Colonial
      hand-stamps were not systematically destroyed, though some
      probably were and some probably were taken back to Spain.
2) The head of the Postal Administration of Puerto Principe, Francisco de Parras, 
      who was Postmaster during Spanish rule, the American Intervention and later 
      was also a noted philatelist worldwide.
3) Through much of this period, there were revolutionary movements looking
      to raise money any way they could.


1888 As above but with changed colours.

Cuba H72 Cuba H73
Type 13 H72 - from RL. Type 13 H73 - from RL.


Hisc. Type. 1888 Description Mint Used
H72 13 20c green 20.00 15.00
H73 13 40c pale-grey 20.00 15.00
H73a           used bisected on piece (2.9.89) - 125.00


Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. On 7 September 1889 a shortage of telegraph stamps due to a
                change of telegraph rates resulted in the provisional use of
                "Pagos al Estado " fiscal stamps for telegraphs.
                These were dated '1888 y 89' and included the 5c blue and
                the 10c black (Forbin Nos. 8 and 9). A further shortage
                in January 1890 resulted in the use of the same series but
                dated '1890 y 91' — 5c black and 10c brown-violet
                (Forbin Nos. 15 and 16).
                These are not listed as telegraph stamps because they were not
                differentiated in any way for telegraphic use and were produced
                and mainly used for other purposes. The Governor-Generals' decree
                authorizing this usage stipulates that both parts of the stamps
                (superior and inferior) should be stuck firmly to the form.
                Only the inferior and control sections are illustrated, but the
                superior part is similar.

1890 y 1891 5c (half size). Click image for full size.
1890/91 5c
  1888 y 89   10c. (half size). Click image for full size.
1888/89 10c

1890 y 1891 10c (half size). Click image for full size.
1890/91 10c


1890 (January) As 1882 type, but with changed colours.

Cuba H74 Cuba H76 Cuba H77 Cuba RH78c
Type 13 H74 - from RL. Type 13 H76 - from RL. Type 13 H77 RH78c - courtesy of Adolfo Sarrias.


RH # Hisc. Type. 1890 Description Mint Used
RH74 H74 13 5c deep carmine (September 1890) 10.00 5.00
RH75 H75 13 10c deep violet 10.00 5.00
RH75a H75a           imperf. 40.00 -
RH76 H76 13 20c dark violet-brown 10.00 5.00
RH77 H77 13 40c red-brown 10.00 5.00
RH77a H77a           imperf. 40.00 -
RH78 H78 13 80c blue (September 1890) 20.00 10.00
RH78a H78a           imperf. 40.00 -
RH78b H78b           deep blue 30.00 15.00
RH78c -           deep blue, imperf. - -


1892 As 1882 type, but with changed colours.

Cuba H79 Cuba H80 Cuba H80a Cuba H81a Cuba H82
Type 13 H79 - from RL. Type 13 H80 - from RL. Type 13 H80a - from RL. Type 13 H81a - from RL. Type 13 H82


Hisc. Type. 1892 Description Mint Used
H79 13 5c light blue 15.00 5.00
H80 13 10c yellow-orange 10.00 3.75
H80a           red-orange 50.00 20.00
H81 13 20c salmon-rose 30.00 15.00
H81a           rose 50.00 25.00
H82 13 40c light greyish green 15.00 5.00


1894 As 1882 type, but with changed colours.

Cuba H83 Cuba H83b Cuba H84 Cuba H85 Cuba H86
Type 13 H83 Type 13 H83b Type 13 H84 Type 13 H85 Type 13 H86


Hisc. Type. 1894 Description Mint Used
H83 13 5c deep red-brown 5.00 2.50
H83a           imperf. 125.00 125.00
H83b           light red-brown 5.00 2.50
H84 13 10c brown-black 5.00 2.50
H84a           imperf. 125.00 125.00
H85 13 20c blue 5.00 2.50
H85a           imperf. 125.00 125.00
H86 13 40c light red-brown 5.00 2.50
H86a           imperf. 125.00 125.00


1896 As 1882 type, but with changed colours.

Cuba H87 Cuba H88 Cuba H89 Cuba H89 Cuba H90
Type 13 H87 courtesy of  Peter Balner Type 13 H88 Type 13 H89 Type 13 H89 Muestra.
Courtesy of Adolfo Sarrias
Type 13 H90

The 20c Muestra (Specimen) seems to have a double-touch at the top. Perhaps this was produced manually on a small press.

Hisc. Type. 1896 Description Mint Used
H87 13 5c greyish green 7.50 3.75
H87a           imperf. 125.00 -
H88 13 10c dark slate-blue 7.50 3.75
H88a           imperf. 125.00 -
H89 13 20c dark brown 7.50 3.75
H89a           imperf. 125.00 -
H90 13 40c rose (shades) 7.50 3.75
H90a           imperf. 125.00 -


Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Care has been taken with the above issues. The only real problems are the 20c of 1890 and 1896 (Nos. 76 and 89):
                there may well be a shade difference to distinguish them and a minority of copies do in fact appear 'redder' in tone
                than others (No. 76?) but I have been unable to locate a copy of the imperforate variety of No. 89 which would
                unambiguously identify an 1896 copy and allow comparison with the other 'dark brown' specimens.
                Assistance would be welcome.


1898 As in Spain, it had been decided to provide stamps for combined 'Correos y Telegrafos'.
By this time, the punching of telegraph stamps had ceased and usage can only be identified by the cancel used.
The USA declared war on Spain on 20/21 April 1898. This led to the  Treaty of Paris and Spanish withdrawal, completed by the end of 1898.
Whatever stamps they had at that point, had to last them a long time.

Cuba CyT-C1 Cuba CyT-C2 Cuba CyT-C3 Cuba CyT-C4 Cuba CyT-C5
Type CyT, C1 Type CyT, C2 Type CyT, C3 Type CyT, C4 Type CyT, C5

Cuba CyT-C6 Cuba CyT-C7 Cuba CyT-C8 Cuba CyT-C10 Cuba CyT-C11
Type CyT, C6 Type CyT, C7 Type CyT, C8 Type CyT, C10 Type CyT, C11

Cuba CyT-C13 Cuba CyT-C14 Cuba CyT-C15 Cuba CyT-C16
Type CyT, C13 Type CyT, C14 Type CyT, C15 Type CyT, C16


RH # Type. 1878 Description Mint Postally Used Telegraphically Used
C1 CyT 1m orange-brown (shades) 0.20 0.20 -
C2 CyT 2m orange-brown (shades) 0.20 0.20 -
C3 CyT 3m orange-brown (shades) 0.20 0.20 -
C4 CyT 4m orange-brown (shades) 3.00 1.50 -
C5 CyT 5m orange-brown (shades) 0.20 0.20 -
C6 CyT 1c violet black 0.20 0.20 -
C7 CyT 2c turquoise 0.20 0.20 -
C8 CyT 3c dark brown 0.20 0.20 -
C9 CyT 4c orange 10.00 4.00 -
C10 CyT 5c carmine-rose 1.00 0.20 -
C11 CyT 6c dark blue 0.20 0.20 -
C12 CyT 8c grey-brown 0.80 0.50 -
C13 CyT 10c vermilion 0.80 0.40 -
C14 CyT 15c olive-green 3.00 0.40 -
C15 CyT 20c maroon 0.45 0.20 -
C16 CyT 40c violet 1.75 0.35 -
C17 CyT 60c black 1.75 0.35 -
C18 CyT 80c brown-lilac 10.00 6.00 -
C19 CyT 1P light green 10.00 6.00 -
C20 CyT 2P slate-blue 20.00 6.50 -

According to the Scott catalogue, the values below 1c were used on newspapers.
They also say that these all exist imperf and quote US $1500 for unused pairs.
They go on to list 13 different overprints ranging from 1c to 10c that were applied to these
mostly in black to values less than 1c, but some in red on the 1c value.
Overprints were also applied to existing Newspaper stamps.
Cuba clearly valued it's newspapers. There are also forged and bogus overprints about.

Having liberated Cuba from Spain, the USA went on to ensure adequate supplies of stamps.
Initially this was with overprinted U.S. stamps, but very soon with purpose made ones.
The first issue of postage stamps for the Republic of Cuba was 30 September 1902.
By 1910 when new Telegraph stamps were produced, they were being given normal postal cancels.
It is likely that this started at an early date, since I have not heard of any telegraphic examples being reported.


According to www.agoradefilatelia.org:
  'No stamps from 1899 to 1909. Cuba did not issue telegraph stamps during the early years of the United States Administration or in the Republic until 1910.  
During this period, regular postage stamps with special telegraphic cancellation were used to cover the needs of the Telegraph.
The Telegraph Service of Cuba ceased to operate on December 31, 1923.'

Stamps used telegraphically from 1899 to 1909 can only be recognised by their cancel.

5c Cuba 1899 10c Cuba 1899
5c and 10c of the 1899 issue courtesy of treasurings-jewelry, click for listing.
Cuba 1899
"TELEGRAFOS / CENTRAL HABANA" on a pair of 10c of the 1899 issue.

The set had values of 1c, 2c, 3c, 5c and 10c. A re-engraved set was issued in 1905 with small differences.
A 50c stamp was issued in 1907. Subsequent postage stamps were inscribed 'CORREOS', whereas the 1899 to 1907 issues were not.
Image courtesy of Les Bottomley.


1910 Cuban Republic issues. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12.
Printed by the American Bank Note Co. N.Y.

Type 19 - H91 Type 20 - H92 Type 21 - H93 Type 22 - H94
Type 22 - H94 Type 19 - H91 Type 20 - H92 Type 21 - H93


Type 23 - H95 Type 23 - H95 Type 24 - H96 Type 25 - H97
Type 23 - H95 - from RL. Type 23 - H95a Type 24 - H96 Type 25 - H97


Hisc. Type. 1910 Description Mint Used
H91 19 1c deep reddish violet 10.00 2.00
H92 20 2c deep green 7.50 1.50
H93 21 3c deep olive-grey 15.00 3.75
H94 22 5c orange 10.00 3.75
H95 23 10c deep blue 10.00 2.00
H95a           steel blue               10.00 2.00
H96 24 20c scarlet 20.00 5.00
H97 25 50c black 25.00 7.50


1911 As 1910 but with changed colours.

Type 19 - H98 Type 20 - H99 Type 21 - H100
Type 19 - H98 Type 20 - H99 Type 21 - H100


Type 22 - H101 Type 23 - H102 Type 25 - H103
Type 22 - H101 Type 23 - H102 Type 25 - H103

Hisc. Type. 1911 Description Mint Used
H98 19 1c blue 7.50 1.50
H99 20 2c red 7.50 1.25
H100 21 3c deep reddish violet 7.50 2.00
H101 22 5c deep olive-grey 15.00 3.75
H102 23 10c brown 10.00 3.75
H103 25 50c yellowish green 20.00 5.00
H98 with purple dumb cancel H99 with purple dumb cancel

An interesting purple dumb cancel. The same cancel on postage stamps in later (or earlier) times
may indicate telegraphic use, though admittedly these are rather low face values.

Images courtesy of treasurings-jewelry. Click image to see listing.


1916 New design. White wove paper (surface tinted to varying degrees in colour of stamps).
No watermark. Perf. 12

Type 26 - H104 Type 26 - H105 Type 26 - H106
Type 26 - H104 Type 26 - H105 Type 26 - H106


Type 26 - H107 Type 26 - H108 Type 26 - H109 Type 26 - H110
Type 26 - H107 - from RL. Type 26 - H108 Type 26 - H109 Type 26 - H110 - from RL.

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H104 26 1c deep blue / pale blue 10.00 5.00
H105 26 2c deep rose / pink 12.50 5.00
H105a           pale rose / pink 20.00 7.50
H106 26 3c deep reddish violet / pale violet 15.00 7.50
H107 26 5c deep olive-grey / pale greenish grey 20.00 7.50
H108 26 10c brown / pale brown 30.00 10.00
H109 26 20c bluish green / pale green 50.00 10.00
H110 26 50c black / pale grey 100.00 90.00


Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. The use of telegraph stamps in Cuba ceased on 1 January 1924.

H105 with T cancel

Though often touted as a Telegraph cancel, the 'T' in circle is commonly
used in many countries to indicate postage due ('TAXE').
It should normally be applied to the envelope but may fall on the stamp,
especially if not already clearly cancelled.
It is an indication of postal use, for which this may well not have been valid.

Image courtesy of treasurings-jewelry. Click image to see listing.


Ultramar. (meaning Overseas)

1873 50c Ultramar overprint - a   1875 Ultramar overprint - b   1875 Ultramar overprint - b   1876 50c Ultramar overprint - c
These were issued over the period 1873 to 1876 and used in Cuba as well as Puerto Rico, where more examples are shown and information given.
The holes are normally taken to indicate telegraphic use.




It would seem that in addition to the above, normal postage stamps were used for telegraphic purposes when telegraph stamps were not available.

T18 Overprint This block was shown above, and as indicated there, they may have been produced entirely for
the philatelic market. The ones below however, although bearing the same kind of cancellation
are clearly not intended to be exhibition items, or even photogenic.
They were instead intended to simply get the job done.

I bought a 'job-lot' of a quantity of similar stamps. They mostly have in addition a diagonal cancel
across several stamps, with the month and year in violet e.g. 'ABRIL DE 1894'.
The day is not included.

What I got was:
2½c of 1894 quantity 75.
5c of 1890 quantity 112.
10c of 1890 quantity 46.

Surprisingly, about half of the 5c were actually pre-cancelled,
although having both cancels, they still had full gum.

It seems that in 1891 at least, these were pre-cancelled by the sheet in advance of use.

It is likely that other values/types exist.


Cuba Scott 142 - 5 Cuba Scott 142 - 1 Cuba Scott 142 - 2 Cuba Scott 142 - 3 Cuba Scott 142 - 4
Examples of the 1894 issue 2½c, the second and fifth showing the day of the month was not included. The last has an interesting frame break below the value.

Cuba Scott 144 - 1 Cuba Scott 144 - 2 Cuba Scott 144 - 3 Cuba Scott 144 - 4
Examples of the 1890 issue 5c. The third shows that the day of the month was not included.

Cuba Scott 147 - 1 Cuba Scott 147 - 2 Cuba Scott 147 - 3 Cuba Scott 147 - 4
Examples of the 1890 issue 10c.




Telephone Stamps.

Date ? For Long Distance Service. Litho. by American Bank Note Co., New York.
Perf. 11¾ in panes of 10. All the ones I have seen have a straight edge at either the top or bottom.

5c - eBay lot 143625484490 10c - eBay lot 143625484534. 25c - eBay lot 133432017129
Type 27 - 5c. Type 27 - 10c. Type 27 - 25c.
Images courtesy of Jerry (Treasurings Jewelry on eBay, click for listing).

RH # Type. Description Mint Used
RH T1 27 5c orange - -
RH T2 27 10c blue-green - -
RH T3 27 25c red - -

These are all described as being from booklet panes and being without gum.
The Christie's (N.Y.) sale of A.B.N.Co Archives of September 12, 1990, lot 341 offered
"Telephone, booklet containing special 5c (50), 10c (50) and 25c (10) Telephone Company stamps valid for payment for long distance calls, each in
panes of ten, all stamps overprinted with diagonal 'Specimen' in red and with security punch, archival handstamp on front cover". The estimate was $500-700.

Christie 12-9-90 Auction, Lot-341

I would be interested to hear from anyone with further information on these.




(click on images for listing)


An 1861 Despacho telegráfico.
Image courtesy of Adolfo Sarrias


1861 ? A very similar Despacho telegráfico, but I'm unsure of the year.
Image courtesy of Adolfo Sarrias


An 1874 Telégrama.
To the Inspector of Railways ('Ferro.' short for Ferrocarril = Railway), 50 words about a derailment. - Image courtesy of Adolfo Sarrias


A similar 1877 Telégrama with higher quality coat of arms.
Image courtesy of Adolfo Sarrias


A 1887 Comunicaciones Telegrafos.
Cuba-Comunicaciones-1887  Cuba-Comunicaciones-handstamp-1887
Though not explicitly saying 'Cuba' at the top anymore, the handstamp does lower down.
Image courtesy of Adolfo Sarrias


A 1897 Cuerpo de Comunicaciones de la Isla de Cuba ('Cuerpo' = Body).
Cuba-cuerpo de Comunicaciones-1897
The crest at the top is totally changed and is similar to the hand-stamp on the item above. This is shortly before Spanish forces withdrew from the Island.
Image courtesy of Adolfo Sarrias


If anyone can provide scans to help with this, I am happy to give appropriate credit.


Comments, criticisms, information or suggestions are always welcome.


Please include the word 'Telegraphs' in the subject.


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