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The Dublin Find
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THE DUBLIN FIND

Don Madden and Karl Louis

* * GOLD MEDAL — CHICAGOPEX 2009 * *

A tale of intrigue and secret stamp dealing by the Post Office at the very beginning of the 20th century; and a modern investigation into where the stamps may have ended up.

‘I am a great believer in documents contemporary to the events being described . . .This can be clearly seen here in Don Madden’s account of the history of the “find” . . .

An excellent study based on very extensive research . . . Karl Louis’s reconstructions of the material from subsequent sales of broken down sheets is a remarkable achievement’

— DOUGLAS MUIR, Curator, Philately, British Postal Museum & Archive

In 1899, various stamps and postal stationery dating from the 1840s were apparently found at the Dublin and Edinburgh post offices, and possibly London as well. Leading officials in the Post Office decided to try to obtain as much money for these as they could on the philatelic market, but instead of openly admitting who was actually selling the material, they arranged for Post Office employees to sell the stamps at auction under their own names!

Part 1 of this book, written by Don Madden, examines the background to the Dublin Find; Part 2, by Karl Louis, investigates what has happened to the stamps since their discovery.

Published 2006.

Size A4, soft covers, v+45 pages.

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