Hastings Post and Go kiosk resurfaces in Farringdon Road, EC1

Farringdon Road, London Ec1 Post Office has just moved down towards Farringdon station. The new branch has been totally refurbished to the latest standard and includes a Post and Go Kiosk…

Upon enquiry with the staff it was confirmed that the kioks is the one orginally installed at Hastings Old Town Post Office but with a new branch code of 100003 and the counter reset- Note the font has not been upgraded to the new, condensed  style.

 

We are offering for sale a mint strip of 5 , complete with relevent receipt.

 

 

 

Hytech Postalvision Stampex Machin ‘Post and Go Stamps’ First Day Cover

We have now received the First Day Covers back from the handstamping centre from last weeks Stampex trial of Hytechs Postalvision equipment, which produces slightly different versions of the Machin Post and Go Stamp (detailed below) . These are available for purchase  in our ATM shop as well as via  Ebay.

Hytech Postal Vision Trial in full swing at Spring Stampex

The Trial of Hytech “Postalvision” Post and Go kiosks is currently in full swing at the Spring Stampex in London. On the first and second days the two machines did brisk business with collectors keen to obtain examples of the unique Machin strips that were available.

The Hytech machines use the familar Machin head Post and Go stamps, vending the ‘collectors strip’ of 5 values similar to the Wincor-Nixdorf  kiosks but the machine IDs are two digit (instead of  single digit  ) –

machines 21 and 22 are in use.

   The session id is six digit (Instead of five). The ‘Branch Code’ is set to the year as is usual in an exibition setting of 002011.

Examples are available for sale via our Ebay shop or using our ATM shop.

 

 

Spring Stampex 2011 promises new varieties for Post label collectors

Royal Mail have indicated that as part of the ongoing development of Post & Go they are planning to trial a new machine at Stampex next week in place of the standard Wincor Post and Go machine.

The information provided states “The trial machine will  not provide the usual  self-service functionality and so will be operated by staff at the counter positions. It will only vend a full set of overprints on the Machin design stamps. The overprints have the same typeface as the Wincor offering and so will only appeal to specialist collectors. ”

RM have said that they may be able to offer the pictorial Birds 2 version as well depending on availability of a second machine and space constraints.

Information continues stating “We are trialling the machine with a view to installation in Tallents House to provide a more effective offering to the trade when larger quantities are required for new issues. Depending on the suitability of the machines they may also be installed in post offices at some point in the future but there is no planned installation programme to date.”

So a very interesting Stampex in store for postage label collectors- Watch this space for the latest new on these developments..

Horizon Label overprint ‘dashed and slashed’ resulting in Welsh truncations!

In what appears to be  software changes to the Post Office counter printer software, which became visible around 30th December 2010, the “date seperator” overprinted on the Horizon Postage label has changed from ‘-‘  back to its ‘Horizon’ setting of   ‘/’. Thus giving a new date format of dd/mm/yy.

As well as the chnages to the format of the printed date , this change appears also to have had the effect in some Welsh branches  with the bilingual version of the overprint of causing the ‘l’ of Post Brenhinol (The Welsh equivalent of ‘Royal Mail’)  to be omitted from all labels printed in those offices that print the Bilingual version of the Horizon Postage Label in Wales. This has resulted in labels issued with the text  “Post Brenhino ”

It will be interesting to see how long this configuration lasts. Watch this space..

Birds Of Britain 2 Post & Go Stamps~Ludgate Circus First Day Cover

Here is the First Day Covers supplied to our registered customers for the recent Post and Go ‘Birds of Britain 2’ issue. It contains a full set of Post and Go stamps issued at the Ludgate Circus, London EC4 ( kiosk No.4) and cancelled with the ‘London EC’ postmark..  These were only available on the first day of issue from this location. The first day covers are now sold out; Mint sets are available here and here.

Machin Post and Go Faststamps Set of Five ~ For Sale~ ATM Shop

Machin Head Post and Go stamps have been dispensed from Wincor-Nixdorf kiosks in the UK since 2008.
There are two versions of the print – one printed by the kiosk at Post Offices across the UK and another press-printed version of the original font set available from the Philatelic Bureau at Tallents House in a presentation card.
The labels can be obtained with 5 different service indicators: 1st class & 1st class Large up to 100gr, Europe up to 20gr, Worldwide up to 10gr and 20gr, singly or in strips of up to 5 of the same value or various values.
For those that are printed by machine there are two further versions of the oveprint- original and updated font (see below) , for these we supply a strip of the five different values currently available in a special ‘collectors strip’ and offer a choice of machine code (when available) and font.

 

LEFT- ORIGINAL FONT


During 2009, In preparation for the pending issue of Pictorial (Birds) Faststamps some 32 Post Office branches had their kiosks’ software upgraded which resulted in the repositioning and resizing of the font.
RIGHT- UPDATED FONT
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Hastings Old Town “Essentials” Post and Go kiosk is on the move..

. . Thanks to a correspondent to this blog, who has reported that the Post and Go kiosk installed at the Premier store at Hastings, Old Town in 2008 was this week removed for  installation in ‘pastures new’ In latter times it appeared to be rather ‘unloved’ hidden behind some crisp boxes and rather under utilised~ This is a great shame as the mantra here obviously is ‘use it or lose it’ and it appears that the good citizens of Hastings, Old Town have lost their machine. It just remains to be seen where this particular kiosk ‘resurfaces’- watch this space.

Post and Go ~ Faststamps~ British Garden Birds Series 2

The second issue of Royal Mail pictorial “Post and Go” stamps, to be issued on 24th January 2011, shows six more British garden birds.

This issue shows (In the order that they are printed on the machine-vended strip):- Collared dove,  Greenfinch , Blackbird,  Magpie, Long-tailed Tit  and Chaffinch.

The stamps are available in two different versions :-Firstly as as a sheet of six different stamps all with ‘1st Class’ press- printed directly from Royal Mail in Edinburgh and secondly, the ‘real’ machine printed  versions (available from

31 different outlets

) with five different overprints.

The Machine printed versions are cut every fifth stamp. The third set of British birds is scheduled for issue in May and the fourth in September 2011 .

The image shows the set of six, with Ludgate Circus self-service facility kiosk No.4 overprint, which was available for the first day of issue only.

To purchase these stamps from our ATM Shop click here:-  http://postagelabelsuk.com/?page_id=929

Post and Go Birds Locations~Full List of 32 With Codes

Location Code No. machines Address
East of England
Stevenage 003129 1 22-23 Westgate, Stevenage, SG1 1QR
Cambridge 006925 1 9-11 St Andrew Street, Cambridge, CB2 3AA
Southend-on-Sea 009140 2 199-201 High Street, Southend-On-Sea, SS1 1LL
Colchester 010116 2 68-70 North Hill, Colchester, CO1 1PX
Castle Mall, Norwich 019136 2 84-85 Castle Meadow Walk, Castle Mall, Norwich, NR1 3DD
Milton Keynes 009109 2 17-19 Crown Walk, Milton Keynes, MK9 3AH
Luton 006134 2 The Arndale Centre, 42-44 Smith Lane, Luton, LU1 2LP
London
Stampex (Birds 1 Only) 002010 1 Business Design Centre, Islington, N1 0QH
Ludgate Circus (FDOI Only) 242007 1 (No.4 Only) Tudor Street,London, Ec4Y 0AA
Old Street 028003 2 205 Old Street, London, EC1V 9QN
Trafalgar Sq 015010 4 24-28 William IV Street, London, WC2N 4DL
Croydon 009013 3 10 High Street, Croydon, CR9 1HT
City of London 030003 2 12 Eastcheap, London, EC3M 1AJ
Baker Street 003009 2 111 Baker Street, London, W1U 6SG
Paddington Quay 019006 2 Unit 6, West End Quay, 4 Praed Street, London, W2 1JE
Midlands
Nottingham 007227 2 Queen Street, Nottingham, NG1 2BN
Walsall 010242 1 Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1AA
Birmingham 013201 2 1 Pinfold Street, Birmingham, B2 4AA
North
Durham 002313 2 33 Silver Street, Durham, DH1 3RE
York 005349 2 22 Lendal, York, YO1 8DA
Grimsby 012311 2 67-71 Victoria Street, Grimsby, DN31 1AA
Harrogate 020323 2 11 Cambridge Road, Harrogate, HG1 1AA
Corn Exchange, Liverpool 009420 1 India Building, Water Street, Liverpool, L2 0RR
Northern Ireland
Belfast 011704 2 12 – 16 Bridge Street, Belfast  BT1 1LT
Scotland
Glasgow 002832 3 47 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5QX
Edinburgh 003824 2 8-10 St James Centre, Edinburgh, EH1 3SR
South West
Portsmouth 010937 1 Slindon Street, Portsmouth, PO1 1AB
Truro 002555 3 High Cross, Truro, TR1 2AP
Plymouth 008539 2 5 St Andrews Cross, St Andrews Cross, Plymouth, PL1 1AB
The Galleries, Bristol 020511 2 Castle Gallery, Broadmead, Bristol  BS1 3XX
Exeter 021519 3 28 Bedford Street, Exeter, EX1 1GJ
Wales
Cardiff 026611 2 45-46 Queens Arcade, Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 2BY

The list above shows the 32 locations that have been updated with the smaller font

to enable the provision of pictorial faststamps.