Volume 2, Number 4

Irish Philatelic Newsletter


Volume 2, Number 4                                                                                                                       April, 2000

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
  Editors Note:  This April issue, late as it is, will contain only one article.  Stan Challis was kind enough to offer his substantial research to this newsletter.  While I believe that learned treatises belong in our society journals, where they can be shared with all members, and I expect that one of our journals will pick up this article for later publication, I thought it worthwhile to give our readers an advance look.

I will get back on track and get the May issue out in the first week of May.



Dublin Town Sub Office numbers
Stan Challis 
challis@guernsey.net


As collectors of registered mail will know, a major change in the system took place in October 1995 when the blue registration labels were replaced by the self adhesive bar coded 'stickers' now generally placed on the back of envelopes. That change was probably the biggest in the handling of registered mail since the introduction of registration labels in about 1906.

In the period to 1995 each individual office had its own pre-printed series of labels showing the office name. However Town Sub Offices, following the British system, received labels showing the name of the Head Office followed by the sub office number, thus College Green, Dublin, had a supply of labels inscribed 'Dublin 1', those for Ballsbridge were 'Dublin 6', etc. All this is now gone and thus we have the opportunity to try and piece the whole story together.

To my knowledge the only attempt to build up the series of numbers used by Dublin's sub offices was in an article by the late Neil Langton in Irish Philately in December, 1982. I suspect that article may in fact have been written a number of years earlier.

Having recently acquired a large number of modern registered covers and with a lot of help from Brian Warren, I have built up an initial list (see below) which will, I hope, serve as a useful starting point for the creation of a definitive listing.

Column 'A' gives the number shown in the label
Column 'B' is the office name
Column 'C' shows a * if recorded by Langton
Column 'D' gives the years recorded by me (with information from others)
Column 'E' is I hope self explanatory

It will be seen that numbers up to 80 have generally been recorded.  Thereafter the list is patchy. Some numbers will undoubtedly have been allocated to large commercial users, others perhaps for special events, and some offices open in the period 1906 to 1995 have not been recorded yet.

It should also be noted that when an office is closed and replaced by a new sub office, close by but with a different name, the sub office number moves to the new office - e.g. 29.  However, in a few instances brand new offices have
been given the number of a closed, but not replaced, sub office - e.g. 9 originally Molesworth Street (closed Nov. 1954) was then used by Captain's Road Crumlin, three miles distant, from April, 1955.

Would all recipients care to go through their own collections and see what they can add?

Best wishes

Stan Challis
Guernsey

DUBLIN TSO Numbers as appearing in Registration Labels           Initial article by Noel Langton Irish Philately Dec 1982         Office Recorded by Langston Dates reported/ seen Comment           1 College Green * 1923-51 closed 16.10.1952 1 St Andrew's Str * 1954-93 open 1.12.1952 2 Janes Str * 1929-92   3 Phibsboro' * 1923-93   4 North Wall * 1924 closed 27.3.1975 5 Portobello Bridge * 1947-95   6 Ballsbridge * c1952-93 Also used at Showyard (Dublin Horse Show) 1955; see also 180 7 Duke Str * 1946 closed 8.2.1956 7 South Anne Str * 1961-95 ? When opened 8 Dame Str * 1949 closed 29.6.1974 9 Molesworth Str   1911-51 closed 20.11.1954 9 Captain's Road Crumlin *   open 1.4.1955; closed 11.10.1972 9 Ravensdale Park   1983-93 opened 12.10.1972 10 Westmoreland Str * 1952-74 See also 11. Closed 6.1.1975 10 Aston Quay   1980-92 Office moved from W. St 7.1.1975 10 Lower Baggot Str   1993 See also 17 11 Westmoreland Str   1916 See also 10 - this implies closure and reopening at some point? 11 Merrion Row * 1925-70   12 Leinster Str * 1951 open 13.12.1943; closed 7.12.1975 13 Harcourt Str * 1955 Listed as Harcourt Rd by Langston 13 Palmerston   1993   14 Rathmines * 1941-95 See also 103 15 Clare Str * 1948-83 1948 - '51' label used with 15 inserted by hand 16 Pearse Str 23 * 1978-92   16 ? Rutland Place Sorting Office   1994 Item has BAC 25 cancellation on 32p (only) franking with Rutland Place postmark on reverse. Poss POOC 17 Lower Baggot Str * 1953-84 See also 10 18 Capel Str * 1939   19 Upper Baggot Str * 1922-84   20 Upper Ormond Quay * 1942-95   21 Talbot Str * 1923-81 Reported closed 30.4.1980 21 Amiens Str   1984 Replaced T St and did not last long 22 Harcourt Rd * 1926-85 closed 1.2.1982 23 Aungier Str * 1939-87   24 Ranelagh Road   1929-42 not clear if/ when office moved - see below 24 Ranelagh * 1981-92   25 Parkgate Str * 1978-81   26 Pearse Str 72 *   presumably the office moved and then went back to 99 26 Pearse Str 99   1976-94   27         28 Parnell Str * 1978-92   29 Upper Clanbrassil Str * 1942-87 also Clanbrassil Str 29 South Circular Road 107   1988-91 replaced C St 29 Leonard's Corner   1993-94 replaced SCR (on Upper C St) 30 Lower Leeson Str * 1985-89   31 Thomas Str * 1976-87 closed early 1990's 32 Rathgar * 1976-86   33 Upper Leeson Str * 1925-78 closed 29.2.1980 34 Lower Mount Str * 1940-66 closed 16.7.1974 35 Granby Row * 1940-86 believed closed c1998 36 Manor Str * 1941-90   37 Camden Str * 1976-86   37 Sraid Mhic Thaidgh   1995 Where is this? 38 Gardiner's Row *     39 Fairview * 1976-92 See also 134 40 Upper Kevin Str * 1947-95   41 Lower Dorset Str * 1941-95   42 Inchicore * 1972-93   43 North Strand * 1941-95   44 Infirmary Road * c1980-88   45 Sheriff Str * 1961 open 14.6.1942 (prev Commons Str); closed 8.4.1973 46 Benburb Str * 1957-95 closed May 1995 47 Donnybrook Road   1942 details of this office required 47 Morehampton Road * 1980-90 closed c1995 48 Drumcondra Road * 1955-89 Postmark reads Bothar Droim Conrach (see 67 and 236) 48 10 Lower Drumcondra Rd   1993 Pmk reads 10 Bothar Dhroim Conrach Iochta (see 67 and 236) 49 Donnybrook * 1955-81 See also 327 50 Whitehall Tce, Clontarf * 1978-79   51 Usher's Quay * 1967-89 English date stamp in use as late as 1977 52 Ringsend * 1973-94   53 Sandymount * 1968-93   54 High Str * 1976 closed 31.5.1980 55 North King Str *   closed 11.4.1986, but suggested reopened? 56 Summerhill   1911   56 Church Rd * 1973-92   57 Berkeley Rd * 1946-78   58 Harold's Cross * 1977-92 prob 67 Harolds Cross Rd - see also 103 and 114 59 Dolphin's Barn * 1978-94   60 Islandbridge * 1979-94 See also 377 61 Dunville Av * 1964-84 closed 18.10.1986 62 Russell Str * 1971 closed 1.4.1976 62 Fitzgibbon Str   1984-86 open 31.3.1976; closed 30.1.1990 63 Marino * 1977-91   64 Kimmage Rd * 1944-87   64 Sundrive Road   1989-92   65 Kilmainham * 1976-91   66 Terenure * 1968-94   67 Drumcondra    1933 see below 67 Drumcondra Road * 1956-84 Postmark reads Druim Chonnrach (see 48 and 236) 67 153 Lower Drumcondra Rd   1992 Pmk reads 153 Bothar Druim Chonnrach Iochta (see 48/ 236) 68 Cork Str * 1977-89   69 St John's Tce, Clontarf * 1927-37 closed 18.4.1961 70 Merrion * 1910-79   71 St Mobhi's Rd * 1979-89   72 Church Str * 1975-93 closed late 1990s 73 Somerset Str * 1982-85 believed closed 74 Milltown *   is this still open? 75 Dollymount * c1979   76 Windy Arbour * 1981-90   77 Artane * 1978-95   78 Annamoe Rd * 1944-48   78 Annamoe Terrace   1984-85 office moved ?when; closed and moved to P St ?when 78 Prussia Str   1990   79         80 Crumlin * 1973-95 In 1984 '242' labels used with 242 excised and 80 inserted by hand - 2 examples seen 81         82 Posted out of course/ Sorting office * 1979 Believed used at Pearse Str Sorting Office 82A - ditto * 1960 Believed used at Pearse Str Sorting Office on Dublin Corporation Mail 83         84         85         86 Office of 'An Cuntasoir' *     87         88         89 Land Commission *     90         91         92         93         94         95 Dept of Local Govt *     96 Irishtown * 1976-92   97 Killester * 1946-91   98         99         100 Philatelic Bureau   1983-86 Also at Stampa - various years 101         102         103 Harold's Cross Road   1970 From David Feldman at Leinster Rd - see also 114 103 (Rathmines)   1982-91 All items seen from MacDonnell Whyte at Leinster Rd - possibly allocated to this firm - see also 14 and 58 104         105         106 GPO   1949-50 Used on GPO Official Overseas Mail 107 Ballygall Rd East * 1983-84   108         109 Ballinteer Road   1984   110         111         112         113         114 Harold's Cross Rd * 1938-74 See also 103; believed at 249 Harolds Cross Rd 114 Kenilworth   1978-90 open 19.8.1975 115 Roebuck * 1979-81   116         117 Old County Road   see note Seen for 1959 and 1992-94 117 Crumlin Road   1975-86 opened 1.8.1959 - believed moved back to OCRd c1990 118         119 Cabra * 1974-90   120         121 Harmonstown * 1978-89   122         123         124 Kilbarrack   1987-91   125 Dept of Education *     126         127         128         129         130 Dundrum * 1957-89   131 Galtymore Road * 1970-89 Recorded by Langton as Galtymore 132         133         134 Fairview   1990 Internal PO use - see also 39 135 Donnycarney * 1974-94   136         137         138         139         140         141         142         143         144 Lissadell Av * 1974-78   145         146         147         148 Dept of Defence * 1933-35   149 Dept of Social Welfare *     150         151         152         153         154         155         156 Upper Ballyfermot * 1978-95 FED reports Gaeltacht Park 157         158         159         160 South King Str * 1937-41 closed 9.1.1971 161         162         163 Dublin Postal District HQ Fenian House DN2   163 No inserted by hand 164         165         166         167         168         169         170         171         172 Sutton   1981-95   173         174         175 Upper Rutland Str *     175 Summerhill   1977-92   176         177         178         179         180 Ballsbridge   1947 See also 6; ?used by a commercial firm 181         182         183         184 Ballymun Av * 1979 open 1.5.1959; moved 14.4.1980 184 Glasnevin Av   1980-92 see above 185         186         187 ?Trinity College   1985 Used on metered mail posted St Andrew's Str 188 Gaeltacht Park *     188 408 Collins Av   1975-94   189 Faussagh Av * 1969-84   190         191 GPO   c1990 Seen on PO internal mail label addressed to a mission 192         193 Northside   1979-94   194         195         196         197         198 Cappagh * 1980-86   199         200         201 Botanic Rd * 1970-95   202         203 Finglas East * 1969-83   204         205         206         207 Drimnagh * 1978-95   208         209         210         211         212 Greenlea Rd * 1980   213         214         215 Finglas   1975-95   216         217         218         219         220         221 Phillipsburgh Av *     222 Rathfarnham   1976 Also recorded 1986 but office of posting not readable 223 Raheny   1973-95   224         225 Shanliss Rd * 1977-91   226         227         228         229         230 Orchardstown   1979-86   231 Navan Rd *     231 Villa Park Gardens   1980-85   232         233         234 Bluebell * 1970-91   235 Rialto * 1959-94   236 Upper Drumcondra * 1981-92 Pmk reads Dromchonnrach U (see 48 and 67) 237 Silveracre   1985 open 1.8.1957; also seen with Silveracre label 238         239         240 Santry *     241 Ballyfermot * 1966-93   242 Walkinstown * 1980-88   243         244         245         246         247         248 Templeogue   1983   249 Ballyboden   1979   250         251 Carberry Rd *     252 Churchtown * 1978-89   253 Perrystown   1977-90   254 St Gabriel's Road   1976-83   255 Nutgrove Av   1977-94   256 Shantulla Rd * 1977-95   257         258 Coolock   1970-84   259         260         261         262         263 Ashtown Grove   1982-92   264         265         266         267         268         269         270         271         272         273 Drum Martin   1966-86   274         275         276         277         278         279         280 Edenmore   1977-92   281 Northside   1972 Postmark clearly 18 V 72, but office not reported open until 14.12.72 281 Priors Wood   1980   282 Ballymun Centre   1977-87   283 Belfield UCD   1973 open 17.7.1973 284         285         286         287         288 Bayside   1994   289 Donaghmede   1982-88   290         291         292         293         294         295         296 ?Dept of Defence   c1980   297         298         299         300         301         302         303         304         305         306         307         308         309         310 Killinardan   1987   311 Dodsboro'   1987   312 ?Neilstown Clondalkin   1991   313 Kilnamanagh   1989   314         315         316         317 Springfield   c1990   318         319         320                   325 Baldoyle   1993-94   326         327 Donnybrook   1987-95 See also 49 328 Banogue   1994             377 Islandbridge   1993 See also 60           381 A firm of Co registrars   1992 On a document addressed to a dissenting shareholder                     RLS Returned Letter Section   1981-87     Mansion House   1957 Blank label used   An Dail   1929 Blank label used             END       Editorial statement:

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