Volume 1, Number 8

Irish Philatelic Newsletter

Volume 1, Number 8                                                                                                                               August, 1999

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

The Longford Censor
Stan Challis

I picked up the attached cover last week…surprisingly in Paris from a French dealer

In case it does not come out too clearly, the cover was posted at Ballymahon, Co Longford on 6 May 1916, addressed to Longford, and has been censored by ‘Longford No 1’ The other part of the censor label on the
reverse reads ‘Opened by Censor’.

I have seen covers with this label before but they are not common. The date of posting is, of course, just two weeks after the Easter Rising at a time when Dublin was very much in a mess.

To my knowledge no other town in Ireland applied such local labels. Has anyone ever seen one?

The only dates I can recall seeing for Longford are in early May 1916.

One can but surmise how such a label arose. One might like to think that the local commander of the British Military Forces at Longford took it upon himself to open a local censorship office and dealt with all mail passing
through the local Head Office. One must wonder what facilities were available to the local censor. Was only local mail within Co Longford and the immediately surrounding area censored?  How many covers might have been
censored – Longford County’s population was probably around 40,000 at the time, which might imply around, say, 50 to 100,000 letters a week passing through the Head Office (in and out). If 100% censorship was applied that
would represent a lot of work. (it takes my secretary a half hour each morning to open and sort into piles around 100 items of mail, and that is without reading the items or resealing them; from that one might begin to
work out that a team of 15/20 people would have been needed for 100% censorship – I deviate Mr Editor!)

I suspect this censorship office may have been short lived and was possibly unofficially set up – what a pity there is no printer’s imprint on the label. On the assumption that they were printed at Longford, one must next
ask how much sticky paper the local printer had a stock of?  Lots of questions….if the office was set up unofficially, was it suppressed by higher authority, or did other local offices exist that used non specifically identified labels?

I would be delighted to hear from anyone who could throw more light on the subject.

Best wishes

Stan Challis

PS  I was lucky to get this – the item was amongst a mass of Great Britain material – the dealer thought Longford was a town in England!

More on the Integrated Mails Processor – IMP
Maurice Barrett

On and from 19 June 1999, the date format on the IMP’s slogans was changed.  Up to and including 18 June 1999, the format was, for example 18.06.99 with full stops (or periods) between the day / month and the month / year. From 19 June 1999, the format changed to read 19-06-99 with a dash between the day / month and the month / year.

On and from 20 June 1999, the RETURN ADDRESS….. slogan was replaced by the BE AWARE / OF DEPRESSION slogan. This slogan is used on both DMC machines. The RETURN ADDRESS….. slogan has been in use on both machines since 11 June 1999, the EURVOTE slogan having stopped on 10 June 1999 as
the European elections to which it referred took place on 11 June 1999.

From 21 June 1999, the date format reverted to the full stops version and the slogans reverted to the RETURN ADDRESS…. Therefore, it appears that the dash version of the date on 19 and 20 June was an aberration and the BE AWARE…. slogan of 20 June was also an isolated usage.

On 2 July 1999, the time portion of the IMP slogans was first put into general use. (This was also used, on test mail only, on 5 November 1998)   The time format is as follows:

12:30pm                               08:30pm

and appears below the date and above the code number. It is used on both machines 1 and 2.

The earliest time noted on 2 July 1999 was 12:30pm (i.e. half an hour past midday) equivalent to code “25”. However, it may well have been used earlier in the day and I just haven’t seen it yet. No IMPs from 2 July 1999
have been seen without the time included.


—————————Auction Action———————- 

ÉPA Auction
Joe Foley

Just a reminder to those of you that haven’t bid – Auction 118 will close on August 6, 1999.

At this point in time, bidding by e-mail is recommended.  Trust you’re all having a pleasant summer.


Joe Foley, Auction Manager

Want Ads

Irish Acceptance – Graf Zeppelin
Dave Brennan

WANTED: 1st Irish acceptance for the Graf Zeppelin to South America dated 21 Mar 1932.  Please advise condition and price.  David Brennan, E-mail: BRENNAN704@aol.com


Revenues on Document
Michael Connolly

Wanted: Irish revenue stamps, embossed or adhesive, on original documents, 19th and 20th century.  Please provide details of stamps and documents, condition and price. 

Michael Connolly

Irish Dog License Stamps
Joe Foley

Wanted: Irish Dog License stamps overprinted “SOUTHERN IRELAND” and overprinted in Gaelic “Rialtas Sealdac na heireann”, Booth & Hall numbers S1, S2, F1, F1a and F2.  Also issues for Northern Ireland, Booth & Hall numbers N1a, N1b, N2, N4, N5, N5a & N6.  Mint, used and/or on document examples desired.

Joe Foley

Censored Covers / Airmail Covers
Karl Winkelmann

Wanted: Better W.W.II censored covers to/from Ireland, especially exotic destinations or origins.  Also Irish airmail covers (not 1/3d rates, preferably)


Irish Exhibits at Stampshow 99
Michael Connolly

If you are planning to attend the APS Stampshow 99 in Cleveland, Ohio, August 26 to 29, be sure to check out the following Irish exhibits:

Patricia Stillwell Walker, “Ireland: Postal History: 1661 Through the 1890’s” in the Champion of  Champions Competition.

Stephen Suffet, “Ireland: Time of Troubles: 1916-1923”, a single frame exhibit.

ÉPA AGM Hotel Reservations
Dave Brennan

ÉPA Annual General Meeting Hotel Reservations, Philadelphia National Show Exposition

Show hotel is the Holiday Inn at Fort Washington, PA.  The show committee has reserved 75 rooms at a special rate of $85.00 per night.  This is a considerable savings but the rooms are going fast so if you want to take advantage of this rate make your reservations early.  The phone no. is: 1-800-339-0209.  Be sure to   mention that you are part of the PNSE group.  The hotel is located at exit 26 on the PA Turnpike at 432 Pennsylvania Ave. in Fort Washington, PA. 

The ÉPA board meeting will be held on Friday evening and the Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday.  Time and  place to be announced later.  The dates for the show are Friday, Oct. 1st to Sunday, Oct. 3rd.


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