Category Archives: Postal History

Archie Peake…The Man Behind The Postcard

One of the interesting aspects of collecting Irish Postcards in the years between 1900 and 1922 is Propaganda cards. As the crisis over Home Rule escalated, both unionists and nationalists used postcards as a means of promoting their cause. So … Continue reading

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Postal History…Part Five. Commercially Used Covers.

Commercially Used Covers and Postcards have actually passed thru the postal system. I find the authenticity much more interesting than covers posted by someone with one eye on a stamp album. This first cover was sent from County Donegal to an Irish … Continue reading

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Postal History…Part Four. First Day Covers.

I am not a big fan of First Day Covers. I can certainly appreciate how the accidental discovery of a stamp posted on its first day of issue would have added value. Genuine Postal History. Certainly Irish FDCs from the … Continue reading

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Postal History…Part Three. Slogan Postmarks.

A Slogan Postmark is the message, advice or advertisement that appears on a cover when it is machine-cancelled. No doubt there are avid collectors who have a comprehensive list of all slogan postmarks. I would not be so keen but … Continue reading

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Postal History…Part Two. Postmarks

Postmarks show where a letter, postcard or parcel has been posted. In the early days, this postmarking or franking was done in the post offices in small villages as well as the post offices in large cities. From a purely … Continue reading

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Postal History…Part One. What Is It?

I think I first encountered the term in the 1970s…as a youngish “adult” stamp collector. It seemed then like a distraction from the serious business of collecting stamps. That a letter, an envelope, a postcard, a postmark etc could be more interesting than … Continue reading

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