This web page, published by the Military Postal History Society, contains images of the single frame American Mail Agencies in Latin America exhibit pages created by the late Al Kugel. This exhibit was created by, and is the property of the late Al Kugel, and is being supplied by his heirs as a courtesy to the Military Postal History Society.
In an effort to increase the efficiency of mail handling, especially for letters destined for addressees in the United States, the U.S. Post Office Department entered into arrangements by which our postal employees would be stationed in certain foreign countries. Efforts in this regard reportedly started in the middle of the 19th Century in Aspenwall (now Colon) and Panama City before the Panama Canal was built. A mail agency has also been reported in Havana, Cuba during the Spanish colonial period. Unfortunately, there are no known postal markings found on mail from these efforts. However, after Cuba became independent, a U.S. mail agency did operate in Havana, with postmarks having been recorded from 1922 to 1935.
To view the text within these images, see: web page containing the text content of the exhibit frame.