VERY FINE. THIS IS BY FAR THE FINER OF THE TWO RECORDED USES OF THE "CUBA IMPER. EUGENIE" STEAMSHIP HANDSTAMP.
The side-paddle steamship Imperatrice Eugenie was built for the Compagnie Generale Transatlantique, also known as the "French Line" in 1864. She made her maiden voyage from St. Nazaire to Vera Cruz on Feb. 16, 1865, and was intended for use on the "Mexico Line", which carried mail between St. Nazaire in France and Vera Cruz in Mexico, with stops in Martinique and Santiago de Cuba. In June 1865 a reorganization took place in the French Line, due to the French military expedition to Mexico and the increase in volume of mail to Mexico. Markings thereafter bore the new "Ligne B" designation without the ship designation. It is possible this marking was applied on the last of the few voyages the Imperatrice Eugenie made before reorganization of the lines.
Only two examples of this marking are reported. The other has been cut out of the cover and then put back.
VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY REPORTED EXAMPLE OF THE "FLORIDE" MARKING STRUCK IN RED.
This double-rate letter was sent unpaid and so postage was collected from the recipient.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE COVER CARRIED ON THE PACKET "FLORIDE" FROM VERA CRUZ AND FORWARDED IN HAVANA.
This franking is possibly unique.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE HIGHEST REPORTED FRANKING FROM CUBA SENT BY THE FRENCH PACKET SERVICE. IT IS ALSO ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE FRANCE 5-FRANC LAUREATED ISSUE USED FROM CUBA. A GREAT RARITY.
The 5fr40c postage on this covers pays nine-times the inter-island rate of 60c. Signed Calves.
VERY FINE. THIS IS THE FINEST OF THE THREE RECORDED COMBINATION USES OF THE STAMPS OF CUBA AND FRANCE ON COVER.
The Cuba stamp pays the rate for internal Cuban postage from Havana to Santiago de Cuba, which is where the French Line's ships departed.
VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE THREE-COLOR FRANKING FROM SANTIAGO DE CUBA TO FRANCE.
The franking pays three-times the 1fr rate.
VERY FINE. A SCARCE AND COLORFUL FRANKING COMBINING THREE DIFFERENT FRENCH STAMPS WITH THE PERUVIAN POSTAGE DUE STAMP.
The cover is franked to pay double the 1fr20c rate.