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Item Number: 35-SwanIslandLabel
Description: 1964 - Swan Island - Cuba Libre Courier service unused label
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SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD - 1964?- Swan Island - CUBA LIBRE - Courier Service unused, original gum, label.
A circa 1964, unused, original gum, never hinged label. These labels were used to pay for the cost of postage by the CUBA LIBRE - Swan Island, Isle of Palms, Key West, San Juan Courier Service. This is a label with a face value of US $ 2.50 [Two Dollors (misspelled) Fifty Cents] that was used to pay for the Courier service to Jamaica, where, typically, Jamaican stamps would be affixed to pay for the rest of the distance to anywhere in the world. We guess that technically, this mail could have been sent to any other country, like Honduras or Nicaragua, but we have only seen covers sent to and franked with Jamaican stamps. Swan Island is a very tiny island in the western Caribbean, off the coast of Honduras, where, starting as early as May 1960, a medium-wave, 50KW radio station was built to broadcast to Cuba. As far as I know, the island was previously uninhabited and a landing strip had to be constructed to bring in construction materials, the radio station equipment, etc. (Looking in Goggle Earth, the landing strip that is almost the length of the entire island, can still be seen but it seems to be in a state of disrepair. I remember listening to the Station using my 1950's vintage Hallicrafter short wave radio but the Castro government was successful, most of the time in jamming the signal to prevent Cubans from listening. NOT A CUBA PHILATELIC ITEM IN THE STRICT SENSE OF THE WORD BUT OF GREAT HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE TO US CUBANS OR ANYONE INTERESTED IN CUBAN HISTORY. A VERY RARE ITEM IN UNUSED CONDITION OF WHICH WE HAVE SEEN ONLY THIS ONE IN MANY, MANY YEARS.


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