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Greetings 2013 stamps from Ireland

Greetings 2013 stamps from Ireland
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An Post issued two new Greetings stamps, which are specially designed for use on greeting cards.

The origin of sending greeting cards can be traced back to ancient Egypt and China, where hand printed messages of goodwill were exchanged. The custom then made its way to Europe during the 15th century.

By the 1850s, advances in printing, mechanization, and a reduction in postal rates with the introduction of the postage stamp, transformed the greeting card from a relatively expensive, handmade and hand-delivered item, to a popular and affordable means of personal communication.

Since then, the practice of sending greeting cards has evolved and grown, so that no matter what the occasion, there is a greeting card to convey the message.

This year’s stamps were designed by Steve Simpson and feature illustrations by renowned illustrator, Cathy Dineen. The stamps show the delight shown by a boy and girl on receiving a greeting card in the post.

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