Author Archives: John

About John

Dia Duit! Hello. My name is John. I am retired. I live in Ireland. I am on a five year mission to visit every city, town, village and place of historic and scenic interest in Ireland.

Stamp Collectors: Neutrality and “Sanctions”

One of the things that I like most about Stamp Collecting is the manner in which mail is sent around the world. The Universal Postal Union is an organisation of truly heroic standing. The fact that I can send a … Continue reading

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Why Has Trading Stamps Become So Difficult?

As I have often said, I am a serious collector of the stamps of Ireland and I am also collect used stamps of the world …for fun. A hobby SHOULD be FUN  but sometimes it can become obsessive, there is no … Continue reading

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New Issues 2018: February

Just two issues in February. The annual LOVE stamp is only sold in booklets. But the Philatelic Counter at the General Post Office sells the stamp in pairs. The “N” indicates national rate postage. St Patrick’s Day is also an … Continue reading

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Some Cigarette Cards

I picked up some Cigarette Cards at a (mostly) Stamp Fair recently. It seems that Coins and Stamps have a longevity in collecting terms but Cigarette Cards are effectively set in years between the First and Second World Wars. Rather … Continue reading

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Earlier this week, I was given about twenty Irish phonecards. There was some duplication but I have been able to add most of them to my collection. Collecting phonecards became a big thing in Ireland in the 1990s. It started … Continue reading

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New Issues 2018: January

Stamps issued in January 2018: A single stamp (11th January) to commemorate the Bicentenary of the General Post Office in Dublin. Four stamps and a miniature sheet were issued (18th January) to mark the 50th Anniversary of the death of Chester … Continue reading

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The Raven from Westeros Has Delivered Mail

The three Game of Thrones-related postcards which I posted to myself in Belfast (or King’s Landing or Winterfell) yesterday were delivered today. The Diana Rigg postcard was bought in London over twenty years ago and has a “Olenna” stamp. The locations … Continue reading

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