Outstanding and RARE Combination of Cuban Signatures
CIENFUEGOS, Camilo (1932-1959). Leading figure in the Cuban Revolution. Considered one of the great heroes of the Revolution. Third most powerful man in Cuba after Fidel and Raul Castro. In early 1959 he was promoted to head the Cuban Armed Forces. Che Guevara named his son after Camilo Cienfuegos. Cienfuegos died in a mysterious plane crash. The plane was never found.
GUEVARA, Che (1928-1967). Marxist rebel leader who helped Castro seize power in Cuba. Che and Castro’s troops entered Havana and took control of the Capital on Jan. 8, 1959. Che became commander of the Cabana Fortress. Che served several months at La cabana where he oversaw the execution by firing squads of individuals deemed to be enemies of the revolution. He has become an icon whose life and death has been romanticized. Died by execution.
Very rare typed document signed by Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos dated January 15, 1959 just a week after seizing Havana. Department of Military of La Cabana, La Havana. Translated, Che writes: “To Whom it May Concern, By means of the present, the Chief Commander of the Department Mtar of the Cabana. Ernesto Che Guevara wants to record that the companion of the revolutionary struggles Israel Tellez has been named Inspector General of all the Departments of saddlery and shoemaking of the Army. Therefore I ask for all the possible attention to fulfill the mission entrusted with greater effectiveness. Best regards, Cmdteen Head of the Military Department of the Cabana. Boldly signed “Che”. To the left of his signature is the approval of Camilo Cienfuegos. He writes in blue ink: “OK Camilo”. Document is good condition, some wear at corners of the folds, very light scattered foxing. Official rubber stamp next to the signature of Che. On verso is eight very official rubber stamps of the Republic of Cuba two signed by officials the rest hand numbered. A very scarce and extremely early document after the taking of Havana........SOLD