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Julia Lee23/11/2012 11:47:56
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Here are the scans:

Camden pop-up Robins, machine A4

Strip of five Robins; they're not that light-coloured in real life, it's light creeping in to the scanner.

Receipt for previous photo

Receipt. (It was cards only, btw).

And I await John's post telling us what it all means!

John McCallum25/11/2012 21:26:01
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The Robin stamps are from a Hytech machine coded A4. There is a second coded A3. These are two new kiosks similar to the two public kiosks at Autumn Stampex and Perth2012. There should be a choice of Robins or Machins available from both machines. On the 20th November Reel A was vending the Robins. Therefore reel B should have been the Machins. In the options menu, all six basic rates should be listed with the option of reel A or B. From such a low number, there does not seem to be much of an uptake. This may be due to the lack of advertising.

With the Hytechs, the office id is being used for dating. Autumn Stampex used A9GB12, Perth2012 used AOGB12 znd the examples illustrated us ANGB12 where 9 =September, O = October and N = November. It would be interesting to see whether the code changes to ADGB12 in December.

The kiosk A3 or A4 signifies a public accessible kiosk (A) with the number giving the unit. The rest of the data string is as expected.

The Hytechs only take cards - that is to be expected. It may be the future for some of the new Wincors as it is "apparently cheaper to use just cards than to have to re-fill/empty or unblock the coin system in a standard WIncor. Two of the Wincors at Croydon have been modified to card only (kiosks 1 and 2).

The Camden receipts are similar to the Stampex ones - address, date, time, service(s) purchased, kiosk id and session number.

More detailed info on Brian Sinnott's UK postage labels site.

The press release from the BPMA illustrates a Machin Faststamp. The coding suggests that the kiosk may be a desk top kiosk "B1" but we will have to wait and see on 3 December.

Hope that answers your questions, Julia. I hope to get to this office and to the BPMA in December.

John McCallum26/11/2012 13:24:24
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Brian indicates that it will be an "A" machine at the BPMA - see BPMA thread. Thanks.

I've just had a look at the various images and dates from the Camden Pop Up PO. First day was around 12 November and, given the session number info available, these kiosks aren't being used to their best. We are talking about 9 sessions per kiosk per day.


Date \ Kiosk







Estimated 1st Day













Can anyone add to the data from day 1 to when (or if) the PO closes after Christmas? 

Could be a major item of the future at these rates of sales... Rarer than Perth 2012?




Edited By John McCallum on 26/11/2012 13:26:32

Edited By John McCallum on 26/11/2012 13:27:21

Julia Lee27/11/2012 14:36:56
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John (and others) - I'm going through my email after press - just found that Don Staddon went up on Friday 16 November, and the machines 'had been installed but were not working'. Whether they hadn't started by then or it was a one-day thing, I don't know.

Adrian27/11/2012 15:15:25
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Just read on the **Machin Mania blog**, that a new Machin P&G label will be issued this February: blue, for second class mailings.


(Pic courtesy of **Norvic Philatelics**)

Am wondering whether they wil change the gold 1st class label into red any time soon, just as with the normal stamps?!

Julia Lee30/11/2012 20:50:45
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See post on BPMA thread for latest on their design.

John McCallum03/12/2012 22:04:16
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Day off today (3/12/12). Visited Camden Pop Up Post Office. Leaflet available states that this office will be open from16/11/12 to 24/12/12. So I suppose that the 16th should be day 1!

Kiosk A3 session 236 and A4 at session 232. "office id" has changed to ADGB12 as expected. I had a word with the Staff and was informed that Saturday was busy with collectors because of the change over from ANGB12.

Staff are very helpful and patient with collectors.

John McCallum04/12/2012 11:19:01
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Camden Pop Up Images;

Post Office Entrance


Kiosks A3 and A4


Choice of Service screen


ADGB12 "ident" from this office plus "Equipment Team Temporary" 32 and 42 cancels on cover 3/12/12.


John McCallum07/12/2012 14:23:59
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Kiosk 3 at Trafalgar Square/William IV Street should have had the counter reset naturally theough use on or around 5/6 December. Confirmation please. If session number 00000 occurred, I would welcome seeing an example. Kiosk 2 should restart count around the first week of January by my guestimate.

John McCallum13/12/2012 10:41:13
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Just to wish all readers and contributors a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2013.

Reminder of forthcoming issues in 2013

2013 faststamps will be Freshwater Life. Ponds will feature on the 22 February issue, lakes on 25 June and Rivers on 20 September. A new second class Machin is to be issued on 20 February (first day of Spring Stampex 2013).

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