Friday, June 26, 2009

An Post: celebrating 25 years

An Post issued a set of stamps to celebrate its 25 years of existence. Some examples are below.

Cead Mile Feck OffsThis stamp celebrates the 2004 citizenship referendum, which allowed "foreigner persons and those who look a bit foreigny" to use envelopes, provided that their parents had been tax-resident for at least three years. Previously, they had been allowed to send only postcards, and even then only postcards featuring donkeys, Guinness-based puns, thatched roofing, or picturesque Georgian housing.





More secure than a job at British LeylandThis stamp celebrates the release of the Birmingham Six.





Ma, what colour is Dundrum?This stamp marks the 1991 introduction of addresses to the Irish postal system. Before then it was mainly done by drawing pictures.





Green jerseys courtesy of Sean KellyThis marks An Post's express delivery services, which operate for two weeks in August each year.

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