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Thread: Post and Go/Faststamps
23/02/2016 16:11:24

Next batch of Stampex material. The next six items have the Royal Mail Heritage set from A008 which has been signed by the illustrator for the P&G set - Andrew Davidson.

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Material from A008 on the first day of Stampex.

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First day of Stampex . Examples of the stamps available from A006 plus the steam engine/TPO from A009.

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23/02/2016 16:10:24

Next batch of Stampex material. The next six items have the Royal Mail Heritage set from A008 which has been signed by the illustrator for the P&G set - Andrew Davidson.

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Material from A008 on the first day of Stampex.

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First day of Stampex . Examples of the stamps available from A006 plus the steam engine/TPO from A009.

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23/02/2016 16:09:09

Next batch of Stampex material. The next six items have the Royal Mail Heritage set from A008 which has been signed by the illustrator for the P&G set - Andrew Davidson.

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Material from A008 on the first day of Stampex.

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First day of Stampex . Examples of the stamps available from A006 plus the steam engine/TPO from A009.

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23/02/2016 16:05:32

Next batch of Stampex material. The next six items have the Royal Mail Heritage set from A008 which has been signed by the illustrator for the P&G set - Andrew Davidson.

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Material from A008 on the first day of Stampex.

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First day of Stampex . Examples of the stamps available from A006 plus the steam engine/TPO from A009.

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18/02/2016 20:01:29

Ooops!

Jersey Crest

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18/02/2016 19:59:22

Stampex 17 February.

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As can be seen from the above picture, the Royal Mail stand and the Post and Go machines were busy. Six kiosks were present: A006, A008, A009, JE01, GG01 and GI01.

If one looked at the bottom of the first screen, there were a one, two or three flags. This allowed a choice of languages for on screen instructions but the receipts were still printed in English.

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Guernsey set.

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Gibraltar flag.

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Two different Monkey strips were available.

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Single RM Heritage strip - TPO.

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Standard strip.

18/02/2016 19:46:41

The RM series 1 unit was extend last year to incorporate a couple of extra printers. Some have described the kiosk as a RM series one and a half. It produces four different stamps overprinted with the Postal Museum logo. Please note the use of the BPMA logo ended on 31 Jan 2016 along with the special handstamp. A new handstamp replacing the former with "The Postal Museum" commenced on 1 Feb.

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Second Class PM Machins

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First Class Machins

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Flag version

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RM Heritage version.

All of these were available on the 17 February,

18/02/2016 19:39:24

Andrew Davidson, the illustrator behind the RM Heritage issue, was present between 2-3pm on the 17th Feb 2016 signing items.Below is a sales pamphlet for the issue autographed. I am awaiting a few covers coming through the system.

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06/02/2016 13:12:28

17 February Jersey New Post & Go issue

Six different coloured Jersey Coat of Arms stamps.

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06/02/2016 13:10:28

17 Feb New Issue.

Royal Mail Post & Go on the subject of Royal Mail 500 - Transportation.

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Thread: Question
02/02/2016 14:49:50

Through the Post and Go/Faststamp thread are links to ATM Informer website and FB page which includes downloadable newsletters and a listing of British issues to 2013. As regards to value, ATM values depend on country, year, version, etc. - just like ordinary stamps. One can buy Irish examples for 100g/£2, Spain about the same, UK depends on issue - case of checking dealers' stock lists but generally £7-9 for a basic (collector's) set.

NCR kiosks are similar to those found at the self service checkouts at the local supermarket except that they vend stamps and allow payment for goods.

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These examples (3 out of 4) shown here are at Borough office in London. There are around 100 offices with these kiosks. There are a number of RM series 2 units at places such as the BPMA, FAA, etc and at 4 enquiry offices including Kingston and Croydon. Other RM Srs 2 units appear at stamp fairs around the country and overseas - Australia, Singapore, Paris, Essen, Korea.

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RM Series 2 unit above. Stamp fair versions are coded A plus 3 digits but Guernsey (GG..), Jersey (JE..), Gibraltar (GI..) and Qatar (QA..) may also be present ar events such as Stampex. (Note QA units have not yet appeared at UK events) Enquiry office machines are coded M002-M006.

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Wincor-Nixdorf kiosk which were withdrawn circa April 2015. Some 250 kiosks were in service from 2008.

Other machines were tested during the period 2004-8 including Samykung-Hitech, Pitney-Bowes, Fujitsu. These produced labels similar to the Horizon counter labels on white stock. Probably the most widely known UK ATM was used between May 1984 and April 1985 at Southampton, Windsor, Cambridge and London EC1 - the Frama.

Hope that this has been of help.

01/02/2016 21:58:22

These are German ATM stamps. They are purchased from automatic machines. Values can be chosen to suite needs.

As regards to whether they are one or two different stamps - technically it is one stamp but variable value. Therefore it is up to you whether to collect the different values that can be printed.

Nearest UK similarity would be the stamps/labels produced by RMs NCR kiosks - see GB Post and Go/Faststamp thread.

Thread: Post and Go/Faststamps
23/01/2016 16:35:12

Guernsey to issue new Post & Go stamps 17 Feb

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Thread: Irish vending machine stamps/labels
23/01/2016 16:28:38

An Post Commemorates the Easter Rising

On 21 January, An Post released the Eighth Definitive Stamps series based on the Centenary of the Easter Uprising. 16 SAOR stamps make up a large part of the set which chronicals the events leading up to the founding of the modern Irish Republic.

Each stamp feature Augmented Reality and when using a smartphone with the CEE App installed it will give access to the background information on the uprising and link to gpowitmesshistory.ie.

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Edited By John McCallum on 23/01/2016 16:33:13

Thread: Why do you collect? (University Project)
09/12/2015 17:45:11

I've no problem with you using my responses.

Unfortunately, I don't get to the giddy heights of meeting designers that often although I did get a couple of items autographed by Post & Go stamp designer. Have you tried the British Postal Museum and Archive? They may be able to suggest contacts. Some of their Friends write for various mags such as this one.

Douglas Muir is well known for his work in philatelic matters and is in charge of BPMA. Could always drop him a line.

Thread: Too Many Stamps
08/12/2015 21:16:55

Depends on type of album that you are using. Loose leaf type - can purchase blank page.

You could obtain another loose leaf album with blank pages and pencil in at the top the country and use that for overflow.

I use leaver arch files, thin white card and plastic pockets for countries that I have a considerable number of. The stamps are mounted in issue/year order. For some countries this has spread into 6-10 albums.

Again, it depends how you want to go - specialise on certain countries or themes and depth of pocket.

J

Thread: Stamps of Canada
08/12/2015 21:10:11

Hi Rick,

As to the term collectible, it would depend on definition.

Would suggest using a catalogue to get a value. The 1898 XMAS 2cent has 3 or 4 major colour varieties which vary in value. Most of the decimal Canadians are reasonably priced (until one gets to the high values. Down to how much research you are willing to put into looking at catalogues and reading about these issues. Pre-decimals tend to be out of the range of the average collector.

Also there are the various state issue such as New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, etc with Newfoundland being last to enter into confederation.

Value collectability depends on depth of pocket. A study of 1d Wildings or 1p Machins could also be classed as collectible. Depends on what you want out of collection.

J

Thread: Why do you collect? (University Project)
07/12/2015 21:11:46

Hi Simon,

You're welcome. Moving on to newsletter production was a bit of a leap. I had to produce technical newsletters for a couple of programmes. Made redundant and wanted to keep mind active while job hunting. I intended doing it for a couple of years and 18 years later still doing it. Informer came online 3 years ago toe try to get information on the ATMs from around country as I am now a family carer.

Like anything, what you get out of collecting depends on what you put in and I don't mean monetary. I've seen displays that I've heard others describe as "common junk" but I've found them more interesting than "classical" collections where there are many items are catalogued in 3 or 4 figures.

Stamp collecting allows one to tell a story your way which is its strength as the appropriate items may have been found for pennies.

02/12/2015 11:27:20

In answer to your questions.

1) About the age of 5 (54 years ago)

2)Curiosity and that I had family in Canada.

3) Post & Go (see other threads on forum), Postal Mechanisation, Canada, US, GB, Poland, Algeria, Trams on stamps, etc. Generally whatever amuses me or comes my way.

4)Yes - I now edit 2 Newsletters - Postal Mechanisation Study Circle Newsletter and ATM Informer (link to latter on appropriate thread here). Achievement comes from the stories behind what has been collected - adding a piece to the story of an issue or recording a development.

5)Emotional/nostalgic - first album bought by mother. Encouraged by her to learn from collection - developed reasonable general knowledge. Investment - not really. Family joke is that my collections are "John's Junk". However, there may be a few gems in the accumulation which is nice but secondary to collecting.

6)Don't keep a count.

If can help further can contact via this forum or via ATM Informer page on Facebook

Thread: Post and Go/Faststamps
02/12/2015 11:13:52

The new style Horizon label which appeared in March at Europhilex, London was spun out Sept/Oct with the instruction to use immediately instead of the gold ones However, I received a report that the gold Machins had been used in some offices on items to the US.

By accident, I stumbled on a small PO that was using up the old gold stock. They had used the new style Machins for a while but, in this instance, had reverted to the old stock. One of these hybrid labels is illustrated below.

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Note that the double circle is missing at the lower right since that is part of the new label.

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