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Ireland's Transition

Introduction

During the nineteenth century there had been efforts to achieve a measure of ‚ÄĚHome Rule" for Ireland. After the Easter Rising of 1916 this became a demand for Independence, which was achieved by the Treaty of 6th December, 1921.

Formal handover of power to "The Provisional Government of Ireland" took place on 16th January, 1922. The British Post Office operated on an agency basis until 31st March while overprinted stamps were issued on 17th February.

Postal matters were thus subject to transitional arrangements and aspects of the immediate consequences are shown in this display.

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Frame 1

  1. All the overprints issued on 17th February, 1921 used together
  2. See sheet 1
PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT OF IRELAND
  1. Power transferred but no Irish stamps in existence: 14th January to 16th February, 1922
  2. Overprints, Official and Unofficial
TRANSITION PERIOD
  1. Use of overprinted stamps (variety overprint inverted)
  2. Transitional use of un-overprinted British stamps (1)
  3. Transitional use of un-overprinted British stamps (2)
  4. Combination franking (1)
  5. Combination franking (2)
  6. Combination franking (3)
  7. Overprinted stamps used at Army Post Office in Southern Ireland (1)
  8. Overprinted stamps used at Army Post Office in Southern Ireland (2)
  9. Overprinted stamps used outside Southern Ireland (1)
  10. Overprinted stamps used outside Southern Ireland (2)
CONSEQUENCES OF TRANSITION
  1. The first day that Irish overprints only were valid
  2. Invalid use of un-overprinted stamp to UK - credit not given
  3. Invalid use of un-overprinted stamp to UK - credit given
  4. Invalid use of overprinted stamp to Ireland - credit not given
  5. Invalid use of overprinted stamp to Ireland - credit given
  6. Incorrect overprints accepted in Ireland
  7. Un-overprinted stamp allowable beyond the transition period
  8. Postage due labels - combinational use (1)
  9. Postage due labels - combinational use (2)
  10. Invalid use of Irish stamps accepted in the Uk - at the Empire exhibition
  11. The late period of validity within the UK