Sunny June – Irish holiday advice

Advertising slogans added by the Post Office to letters as they are postmarked are interesting pieces of ephemera. This envelope, addressed to the Gouldings’s fertiliser company back in 1964, with its advice of “June for  your Irish holiday”, would have had it right for this year certainly!

June holiday slogan

Sheriff Street memories – the Central Sorting Office

The Post Office’s letter sorting office was once in the GPO but when the building was destroyed in the 1916 rebellion and later reconstructed, the sorting office was not reinstated. Instead sorting was done in a building in Pearse Street. When that building was deemed unsuitable, a new office was built in Sheriff Street and many Dublin postal staff will remember working in that building. Students too, who maybe got a job at Christmas, will remember its cavernous interiors, the mail sorting divisions, the machinery that sometimes worked and the loading platforms where the vans and lorries drew up.

 

Sheriff Street CSO

Sheriff Street is greatly changed now and the IFSC has taken over from the Post office as the dominant employer in the locality but memories of the sorting office remain in the minds of the many staff – postmen, drivers, sorters, clerks etc. – who worked there from the late 1960s till it closed in the 1990s.

 

Post Office dinner dance February 1963

 

The “social” used to be a great thing for many firms and organisations. It might take the form of a sports day, an excursion or a dinner dance. Like many other big businesses, the Post Office catered for a wide range of staff interests and football, drama and golf societies were run by active members of staff who devoted a lot of time and commitment to  them.

The dinner dance was a particularly popular occasion, a chance to get to know colleagues outside the day job and enjoy a meal and entertainment together. This photograph shows a Post Office dinner dance from 1963 and is from the collection of the photographer John Walsh who catalogued much of the daily life of the Liberties half a century ago. His grand-daughter has been sharing many lovely photographs on facebook. That’s where I saw this one and it’s certainly worth taking a look at her page. Copyright remains with the family.

https://www.facebook.com/JohnWalsh50Francisstreet/

 

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The postal business – always a struggle!

An Post’s recent price increases for its mail services were designed to allow it a little time to draw up plans to cope with rapidly declining letter volumes. When the Company was established as a semi-state venture in 1984, the Board at the time drew attention to the declining letter traffic of previous years and sharp price increases in 1982 which enabled it to return – briefly – to profit.

The message at the time was summed up in the words “We must get new business – and we must handle it well without increasing our costs”. The photograph shows the Chairman of the time, Fergal Quinn, of the supermarket chain leading by example and getting ready to deliver some letters.

Fergal Quinn prepares to go out on delivery