No Mail to Spain in 1898 War
war time all mail communication
with the enemy ends automatically upon a declaration of
Nevertheless, many unthinking citizens have attempted to mail letters
enemy territory. We've seen examples from the Civil War
during the recent World War, when such covers were handstamped and
to the sender. I have before me a cover from a large Wall
house, to a firm in Havana, Cuba, during the Spanish-American
It is postmarked at New York, April 20, 1898, directed, "Via
It never reached Havana, of course. The Post Office at New
a printed label to the piece, inscribed, "Despatch to Spain or Spanish
Prohibited on Account of War." The envelopes was then
"Do not post again in this envelope or wrapper." These labels
to their proper covers are comparatively scarce.
- George B. Sloane
May 28, 1949
Posted July 28, 1999
Note: Sloane subsequently
noted another hand stamped marking "Return to Sender.
Despatch to Spain
or Spanish Colonies Prohibited on Account of War. N.-Y.P.O."
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