Ireland

Nine different official seals and eight Dead Letter Office labels are known from Ireland. An example of each type is shown below.



Catalog: Drummond OS3

Date issued: Unknown, EKU August 27, 1936

Printing: Black

Perforation: Rouletted 7 1/2

Inscription: Bilingual Gaelic/English "(Official Seal) / COVER FOUND / OPEN / (OR TORN)"

Control Number: "M.P. 480." at upper left

Description: Badly damaged May 1940 cover from Rochfort Bridge, Alberta, Canada to Windsor, Berks, England "Recovered from the Sea" and repaired with two Irish seals, both postmarked July 23, 1940 at Baile Atha Cliath (Dublin), Ireland. Recovered from a ship wreck off the coast of Ireland.

Hopkins refers to a similar cover on page 100 of A History of Wreck Covers.






Catalog: Drummond OSD5

Date issued: Unknown, EKU October 19, 1977

Printing: Black

Perforation: Rouletted 7 1/2

Inscription: Bilingual Gaelic/English "Officially Sealed / in the / Post Office"

Control Number: "R.L.S. 54." at bottom left

Description: Letter sent in 1987 from London, England to Greystones (Na Clocha Liatha), Republic of Ireland reclosed at right with an Irish Dead Letter Office label. Na Clocha Liatha circular datestamps of September 10, 1987 tie label front and back.

The "R.L.S. 54." inscription at the bottom can be found on the DLO labels.


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