Parcel Post – Eggs label

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It was once very common to send food through the post in Ireland. Turkeys and geese at Christmas will be remembered by some people but game, rabbits and, of course, eggs, could also be sent. There were strict regulations, of course, about how things should be packed and, in the case of eggs, a rigid box with partitions for each egg would be used. The spaces around the eggs were to filled up with “newspaper or cotton waste” and the parcel marked clearly “EGGS”.

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To make it easier for customers, the Post Office supplied a special pink label like this one which dates from 1946. With the eggs carefully packed and the label on the outside, the eggs were ready to make their way by post from the farmer’s coop to the breakfast table!