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Promoted item:1927-28 (Lot of 2) Ireland ~ Sc#'s 77b & 78b (Overprint Issues) ~ VF-H

1927-28 (Lot of 2) Ireland ~ Sc#'s 77b & 78b (Overprint Issues) ~ VF-H

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About Ireland Stamp

The history of the Ireland postal system was born amidst sectarian violence between Catholics and Protestants on the Emerald Isle. In 1922, England and the Irish provisional government finally hit upon an agreement to transfer the postal bureaucracy over to total Irish control. The Ireland Free State Act, as it was called, empowered Irish representatives to take control of the postal service on March 31st, 1922.For two and a half months subsequent to the treaty which designated Ireland ''in control'' of its own postal forces, the government still relied on British stamps. Finally, in February of 1922, local printers finally got to sell their own prints. Two main printers from Dublin landed major contracts. The Dollard Printing House and Alex Thom & Co. Ltd. both shared responsibility for getting Irish stamps to the people.It's relatively easy to tell the early work of these two printers apart. Dollard employed a traditional Irish Gaelic script, whereas Thom settled on a more traditional block script. Each printer created several denominations of stamps, including a special issue ''seahorse'' stamp, which didn't run for very long. Today, a mint condition ''seahorse'' is considered a real collector's item.Given the pell-mell nature of the early Irish Free State postal system, it's no surprise that overprints, errors stamps, and other anomalies proliferated. Even the English companies assigned to assist Irish firms with the printing often made mistakes and overprints. Hard-core Irish stamp collectors should look for red ink ''Provisional Government of Ireland 1922'' stamps from either of the two main printers.