Sunday, 17 March 2013


The theme today in celebration of St Patrick's Day is Irish or green stamps, so with the first stamp of this set I've managed to combine the two themes. It looks as though our postman has a long road to ride. This set was issued in 1983 for the UN World Communication Year,  its theme the development of communication infrastructure but also communication between people.  I imagine the satellite dish portrayed was cutting edge in 1983.  The following year the Irish postal system was reorganised as a state owned limited company and  twenty five years later An Post celebrated its Silver Jubilee with ten stamps in a self adhesive booklets
unfortunately I only have one but maybe that long and winding road would seem shorter barrelling along in a green van.  I don't have many Irish stamps so I'll end with a postcard which fits the theme.
Valentia Island, one of the most westerly parts of Ireland was the point of the first commercially viable transatlantic telegraph cable which ran from Foilhommerun Bay to the wonderfully named Heart's Content in Newfoundland 1866.  The first transatlantic cable of 1858 had failed but it did carry the first official message across the Atlantic from Queen Victoria to the US President James Buchanan. 

So on this St Patrick's Day - Sláinte chugat (Good health to you).

An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme of Irish or Green stamps


VioletSky said...

I like that view of Valentia!
That postman looks very sharp in his uniform - they don't look quite so crisply official nowadays!

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I really love the communications stamps. It's the first time I've seen them.

Sláinte go saol agat!

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

PS Did you realise you haven't left your link on Viridian's blog? I followed your comment to get here.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 洁雪 said...

our local stamp has no value printed on it. when the price goes up to post your letter, u can still use the old one.

Scriptor Senex said...

What super stamps.