This Second Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Cover issued on March 17, 1975 in Cork, Ireland by the Postal Commemorative Society commemorates the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. It tells the legend of how St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland.
The inside of the folder holds an envelope showing a picture of St. Patrick at Cork-by-the-Sea with snakes nearing the cliff. Underneath reads, “St. Patrick Drives the Snakes out of Ireland” “St. Patrick’s Day March 17, 1975”. On one side of the date is the logo for the Postal Commemorative Society and on the other side is the ArtCraft logo. All of this is in a beautiful green ink. The envelope is addressed and 3 stamps are affixed to the envelope that has the postmark of “17 III 75”
Also included is a brief history of the legend that is commemorated – “St. Patrick Drives the Snakes Out of Ireland". The history is at the bottom of a green & white piece of heavy card stock and has an illustration of a clover above the story. The top part of the card stock is deep Kelly green and is where the envelope is mounted in four corner tucks.
All is protected in a Kelly green folder that’s cover reads “Second Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Cover” “Cork, Ireland” “Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1975”. At the very top is the logo of the Postal Commemorative Society. There is also a clover on the cover. The inside cover as well as the back of the folder are white.
The envelope can be removed from the card stock, and the entire piece of card stock is removable from the folder as well. This piece can be framed as is by folding the cover back or by removing the card stock and framing just the envelope and history.
The card stock measures 8” x 9 3/4” (20.3 cm x 24.8 cm) the folder measures 8 1/2” x 11” (21.6 cm x 27.9 cm).
This came from my grand-aunt’s collection of stamps and ephemera. It is in excellent condition.
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