B.Roughan, Kilrush Road, Ennis, 7th December, 1949.


Postcard. Obverse: addressed to Messers J R Tinsly, Merchant, Upper William Street, Limerick, two one penny stamps, post mark illegible; reverse: ‘Dear Sir/Please forward/carriage paid home/as soon as possible/6 cwt salt/Yours faithfully/B Roughan’.

John Richard Tinsly established his firm in Limerick in 1840 to bring salt from Britain to Ireland. In the days before electricity, salt was used to preserve meat, mostly bacon and salted herrings.

Tinsly’s celebrated 175 years in business in 2015 and today supplies salt mainly for water treatment purposes as it removes calcium, magnesium and limes scale.

John Richard Tinsly was mayor of Limerick in 1865.

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