I am going to find out if I can take a color photo at my local library and transfer it to one of my USB sticks. I remember doing it a few years ago and I sent the photo to my email address.
[The Photo, front & back, will go HERE, when & if I get it]
Approximately 10 years ago I was visiting a philatelic show, and in one box of of the stamp dealers I found a small commemorative envelope with a circular dated postal cancellation which has Aug 16, 1933 on it. I bought it. It was not expensive.
The left side of the front has what can be described as a “Green Color Rubber Cachet.”
It says on five lines:
* SPERON *
Below those five lines there is a drawing in purple of a ‘Gun Boat Navy Ship’
Below the drawing, there are two lines, also in green:
UNITED STATES NAVAL STATION
On the upper right corner there is George Washington 3 cents purple U.S. Stamp.
The circular date postal cancel reads:
Aug 16 1933
Three black bars extend to cancel the stamp & below them:
On the lower right corner, the envelope is addressed to:
E B EBHARDT
W ENGLEWOOD N J
On the back of the envelope there is what appears to be a rubber stamped lettering in cursive:
R D Razzette
Marine Barracks, Naval Station,
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
To the right of the above signature. there is another Circular Date Cancellation
U.S. NAVAL STA
To the right of the CDC is 1993 followed with a 1 with three bars at the top and three bars at the bottom.
The mistery is: What happened on 16 Aug 1933?
Why were Navy ships ordered into Cuban Waters?
Possible Answer? Gunboat Diplomacy?