Slogan Cancels

What is a slogan cancel?  It is a cancel that promotes a specific event or one that encourages actions by the reader.  A good example of the former is “Buy at the Saorstat Fair, Ball’s Bridge Dublin May 5-9” while latter is to  “Post Early for Christmas” promotes a pattern of action to benefit both the mailer and the Post Office.  While these started during the period of the British General Post Office, they have continued on through the GPO period into the An Post era. 

Since cancels were not considered a philatelic item (“it’s just a cancel”), consequently they were not saved by collectors until recently. Today the early cancels are quite scarce, and are often priced accordingly.

One of the best references for slogan cancels is “Irish Slogan Postmarks 1918-1994” by Uwe Netzsch. FAI Volume 19, 1995.  James MacKay,  the noted English philatelic author produced the now out-of-print “Irish Slogan Postmarks”.

An annual summary of slogan cancels is also published in the EPA “Revealer”.  A searchable CD ROM of the first 50 years is available from the EPA Special Programs Manager.       RHM12/10

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Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 3:30pm

The Northern California Chapter of the Éire Philatelic Association will hold a meeting in conjunction with WESTPEX 2018 on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Room 8024.

The meeting will include a talk by noted philatelist Barry Cousins, who will speak on his current project; a reference guide for collectors of Irish stamps from 1992 through 2001.

Members  of the ÉPA and non-members are welcom to attend this meeting.  For further information please see the WESTPEX website at