- Glen Brown's postcard collection on display
I heard today that my collection of four hundred postcard
Larne Borough from c1890 to 2004 are now on public display
at the Carnegie Centre, Victoria Road, Larne.
The postcards feature views commencing from Islandmagee's
(Gobins and Druids Altar etc., )to nestling Glenarma lying
at the heart of the Glens. The postcard publishers include
the famous, Tuck, Valentines of Dundee, Hartmann and numerous
others. Several of the rarer ones were home printed by local
shopowners in Larne Borough or by mail order from Cork.
Prior to WW1 and during the peace before WWII, postcards
were printed in Germany. In peace time " Printed in
Germany " "Printed in Eire" were changed
to "Printed Abroad" so that the purchaser or recipent
would not assume any offence.
The collection contains both mint (unused) and postally
used (post marked) by General Post Office (GPO) Royal Mail.
Circular date cancellations (cds) cancelled with the post
office handstamp are also sought by the keen philatelist
because of the rarity for many of the old sub post offices
closed not just in recent times, Like a postage stamp, not
always the oldest is the most prized. Magheramorne had a
for short time in the 60s a sub post office within the petrol
station on the coast road near to the junction with the
Ballylig Road near Newlands. Having searched for a cds of
Magheramorne my cousin Nance Dorrans kindly gave me an old
TV licence of my late Aunt that had duly been cancelled
on issue at the wee post office with "Magheramorne".
Has you any old postmarks of Larne's various post offices?
Or photograph of any post offices?
Two, no three favourites post offices were, (1)the West
End Post Office in Larne. where Susie McCreadys warm smile
and friendly nature even on the coldest of winter fays served
the people of Larne for many years. (2) The Glynn P.O. both
the old and new were friendly places.(3) The late Billy
Boyd's at Upper Waterloo Road Larne, was a friend and a
man of many talents. His fine family, wife, sons Kyle &,
Boyd and daughter Marna. Billy ran the corner grocers shop,
the sub postmaster, a gardener, a bee keeper, sang in Gardennore
church choir, a lecturer and featured on radio on his specialities
his dardeners knowledge and Beekeeping.
Back in 1960 at Greenland (now Larne High school) the Science
teachers Mr Muirhead, Mr Beggs and Mr Newton decided to
add bee hives to the school garden. Mr Muirhead being senior
and more wisely kept his distance. Ah but thats another
William (Billy) Boyd gave a lecture on beekeeping to the
pupils. Being a pupil at the time and shown interest in
beekeeping . Billy ( my neighbour) later invited me to help
after school with his bees at his allotments at Browns factory
plots. Billy being an expert I soon knew all about beekeeping
and he shared the rewards by giving me jars of pure honey
to take home.
While I was collecting the postcards over thirty years searching
around various stamp Fairs, charity shops or market stalls.>
Each time I found a different Larne view or a wanted postmark
it was like receiving that first jar of honey.