Volume 3, Number 1 January, 2001
A periodic publication for the members of the Éire Philatelic Association, the Irish Airmail Society, the Irish Philatelic Circle and the Forschungs-und Arbeitsgemeinschaft Irland e.V. The newsletter will be e-mailed to all interested members.
Published and edited by Michael Connolly
Today, courtesy of Brain Warren and John Lennon, I learned that:
* there were no operations at all at either the PMC or DMC on 25, 26 and 27 December 2000
* the BUDGET TRAVEL slogan (IMP 21) was used on one of the DMC machines on 1 January 2001 for about three hours. It is not known whether this was machine 1 or machine 2
* the EAGLE STAR slogan (IMP 22) was used on both DMC machines and both PMC machines on 2 January 2001.
New IMP slogan - IMP 22 at DMC
A new IMP slogan has been seen at the DMC, machines 1 and 2 on dated 2 January 2001.. It is worded THERE ARE PENSIONS... / AND EAGLE STAR PENSIONS and has the Eagle Star logo (an eagle on a rock with the words EAGLE STAR). I have numbered this slogan IMP 22(D). I have seen this only from the DMC and I have not seen any PMC slogans for 2001 to confirm whether it is in use there or not. IMP 21 - Budget Travel - was last seen used at the DMC dated 29 December 2000. I have not seen IMPs from either the DMC or the PMC from any of 30 December 2000, 31 December 2000 or 1 January 2000.
New IMP slogan - IMP 22 at PMC
I can report having seen IMP 22(P) used at the PMC, machine 1, dated 5 January 2001. that is the first and, to date, only IMP slogan for the year 2001 from PMC that I have seen.
MAURICE BARRETTQuery on NAVAL SERVICE / HAULBOWLINE cachet
I attach a copy of an oval cachet worded NAVAL SERVICE / HAULBOWLINE / DATE: ............... applied to two Map of Ireland definitives and with the date, 26 October (?) 1952, inserted in manuscript. I am inclined to the view that this is not a postmark but is rather a cachet used for administration purposes. The absence of a changeable date would, I think, support this. Also on the copy seen by me there is no name or address. The example seen by me may be stamp duty on some sort of legal documents - remember that, like cheques today, stamp duty used have to be paid on receipts unto the 1960's and on life assurance policies etc. So it may be postage stamps used as revenues. The fact that the wording is in English rather than Irish would indicate it may not be a postmark.
Can anyone let me know if this is a genuine postal mark?
MAURICE BARRETTRe: Photos of Post Offices
I wrote in last month's issue asking if any readers have pictures of Irish post offices, whether the pictures were taken by themselves or by others.
Since then I've had responses from a number of readers of the IPN regarding the picture query. Roger O'Donoghue, Michael Rupp, Brian Warren, Jack Brown, Dave Brennanm Otto Jung and Stan Challis have all responded. Roger is sending some prints, Michael has sent a CD with a treasure trove of some 600 photos, Dave provided half a dozen pictures, Otto emailed an image from a postcard Padraig OMathuna had sent to him and Jack Brown is sending a photo of the Martinstown Post Office.
My thought is that I would set up a web page online displaying a selection of the most interesting of the photos (with some commentary) and an archive of all the other photos. I'm not sure how I would set up the archive part; that will depend on the size of the archive and availability of web space. Then too available time is an issue; so, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for the opening date for this.
Meanwhile, here's a sampling to whet your appetites.
Bandon, Timoleague 1990 Birr, Riverstown 1992
Bantry, Bantry 91 Downpatrick TPO Sign
Clare St., Dublin Ventry, Kerry Hendleys Avoca Sign
Birr, Shannon Harbour 1991
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