Prison ship Mahón in Tarragona, 1937

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1937. Postal stationery sent by a prisoner in prison ship Mahón in Tarragona

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Postal stationery Edifil 69 and rare mark «COMANDANTE BUQUE PRISIÓN / MAHÓN / DE MAHÓN» exceptionally clear and well stamped. Tarragona postmark with unreadable date, but text on the back dated on Jan 29, 1937.

The sender is Hermenegildo Ciurana, priest of Albarca (Tarragona) detainee in the prison ship who survived the war.

In the port of Tarragona there were prison ships Cabo Cullera and Río Segre, renamed as Cabo San Sebastián. The prisoners in Cabo Cullera were moved to the Río Segre, and from October 1936 moved again to the Mahón, as the previous ships were in wreckage. On late 1936 the Isla de Menorca was adapted as a prison, as the Mahon was overcrowded (see Arxiu del Port de Tarragona, «El documento del mes», núm. 27, Feb. 2014). In the Spanish National Library there are five postal stationery like this one, from the same sender and with the same mark.

On the back’s bottom right angle, guarantee mark of the British expert Ronald G. Shelley.

Very rare.

This lot is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity with no additional cost.