Saturday, August 29, 2009

Irish Stamp Honors Brewery Founder

The Irish Times reports An Post has issued a stamp to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Guinness brewery.

The 82 cent stamp, featuring an 18th-century portrait of Arthur Guinness by an unknown artist, covers airmail letter postage to any part of the world.

An Post chief executive Donal Connell is quoted as saying the stamp is a symbol of an Irish pride in the drink’s success.

UK's posts on its website, "Arthur Guinness founded the brewery in 1759 when he secured a nine thousand year lease on the St James’s Gate site for the annual sum of £45. He had already established himself as a skilled brewer in County Kildare, and he was an ambitious and astute businessman. At first, Guinness was a Dublin tipple but Arthur used the growing network of canals to send Guinness all over the country. By 1886 St James’s Gate was the largest brewery in the world."

Please drink and collect stamps responsibly.

For more on Arthur Guinness, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM