Saturday, May 22, 2021

Saturday's postcard: Morro Castle in Havana, Cuba

This postcard was mailed from Habana (Havana), Cuba, to Mr. R.E. Jennings in Hollywood, Florida, in April 1926. The 1¢ José Martí stamp is canceled with a postmark that states "COMPRE AZUCAR CUBANO. Buy CUBAN SUGAR."

Morro Castle, pictured on the front of the card, is known in Spanish as Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro: Castle of the Three Wise Men of Morro. It was built between 1589 and 1630.

Writing on in 2017, Miriam Psychas observes: "By far my favorite way to enjoy the Morro is at sunset. You can sit on the massive old walls of the castle and ponder the power of this Caribbean jewel under Spanish rule. You can listen to the crashing of the sea against the ocean wall and watch the lights turn on as the sun sinks slowly over Old Havana. You can snap some stunning shots of Havana’s skyline absorbed in purples, pinks, and orange. It is a breathtaking experience, and absolutely worth the trip."

The cursive message on the back of the card states:
Please keep this P.C. for me. The picture does not give you much idea of the immense size of Morro Castle. It's too hot to sleep much at night here. Think we will be back to Hollywood about next Tuesday [?].

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