While forerunners refers a groupstamp-like labelspolitical interest that were printed around the timethe establishmentthe Irish Free State in 1922, the name suggest these are predecessorsthe first postage stamps but this is not the case. The Irish forerunners are really political labels as opposed to postally valid adhesives. They were not meant as prepaymentpostage but fit into the turbulent and complex political historythe period, though much information about them is still unknown.

1907-1916 Sinn Fein Celtic Cross label

The usethese labels on the frontenvelopes
was forbidden by Post Office regulationsJuly, 1908.

1922 Irish White Cross labels

These labels were issued to fund victimsBlack and Tan atrocities.

1907-1916 Sinn Fein Hibernia label with narrow crown

Used on registered first day coverthe 1941 Easter Rising provisional 2d and 3d overprints.

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