Thursday, October 28, 2010
"Post and Go" Birds ATM Stamp - UK
Royal Mail released a well anticipated Birds pictorial ATM stamps on 17 Sep 2010. The FDC is affixed with pre-printed 1st Class stamps. The stamps shown in this cover are the first in the series of "Post and Go", features six birds commonly seen in UK gardens.
I am not the expert in "Variable Value Stamps", so I will not touch on the technicality of the printed labels and also do not have access to the self service machine to experience the purchase. Nevertheless, this FDC added nicely to my birds thematic collections. You can obtain more information from British Philatelic Bulletin, there are details highlight on the design of the stamps, description of each bird and the technical information. There are also plenty of UK's blog articulating this issue.
Some brief history of ATM stamps highlighted on the FDC information card:
Post Office Limited first trialled a new generation of self service postage machine in 2008. New machine manufactured by Wincor Nixdorf were installed in approximately 80 Crown Offices. The initial design used for the self-adhesive stamps, which are overprinted with the postage on demand, featured the profile of the Queen created by Arnold Machin and used on UK definitive stamps.