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.
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
) 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
Today (8th September 2010) the Post Office commenced the software upgrade required to issue the new pictorial ‘Birds of Britain I’ Faststamps on17th September 2010
So far two branches in London have been upgraded ;-
Ludgate Circus -(Machine 4 only) and 205 Old Street.
As a result of these changes the machine printed text changed font and moved to the left.
It is expected that all branches that will vend the new ‘Birds of Britain’ Faststamps will be upgraded between now and the Birds First Day of Issue.
As part of the London 2010 exibition the Post Office has provided counter facilities – using the Gold Machin Labels!
This item and similar can be purchased here:-
It has now been confirmed that the First Day of use of the Gold Horizon Labels in Wales was yesterday, April 20th 2010.
Â Some branches having received their stock yesterday andÂ all others in Wales receiving it Â today.
Shown below is a FDC produced yesterday ‘machined’ (sic) into an inch of its life by the Cardiff FCT.
Please contact me if you would like to purchase a similar cover.
Continuing from the Gold Machin Horizon Trial Postage Label FDC that fetched Â£95.54 related items are continuing to break all records for prices realised at auction for ‘recent’ philatelic items- demonstratingÂ the enormous interest in ATM Philately items. Yesterday (18th July 2009) a ‘First Day Cover’ of the new ‘Smartstamp’ Style Post and Go label issued only on 30th June 2009Â and with a face value of 30p realised Â£32.00!
Similarly, a small selection of used Post and Go labels fetched Â£9.19 – a nice premium over face
Don’t forget many of these items are available from both my Ebay shop and my Blog Shop.
UK ATM Philately-The Modern Collecting Alternative!
The August 2009 edition of Stamp Magazine has covered theÂ Trial of the Gold machin Horizon Postage LabelÂ at Camden Town with a picture on the front cover and a detailed article inside!
As titled ‘Shock New Machin Variety goes on trial’.
A limited number of First Day Covers were produced for the new Machin Head Horizon Labels
â€“ If you wish to purchase FDC s or other items please visit my Online Shop or my Ebay pages.
UPDATE- RECORDING BREAKING COVER- The above cover and similar items have commended record-breaking prices when auctioned on Ebay..Â The current record being Â£94.54 !
Commencing 8th June 2009, The UK Post Office commenced an hitherto unannounced trial ofÂ a ‘Horizon label’Â incorporating a Machin head. This new label, printed by De La RueÂ was a gold label incorporating a new type of security slit design, described as ‘thumbnail’ .
The purpose of this trial was to establish the ‘usability’ of such labels in a busy operational environmentÂ (Camden Town High St Crown Office, London NW1) with a view to a future rollout of the new design labels to further products (This initial trial was limited to all items posted by Royal Mail Special Delivery (Either the 1pm or 9am service) and to further branches.
There has only been a limited number of these labels printed and the branch will only be using these until supplies are exhausted- further labels will be printed dependant on the outcome of the trial and will not be necessarily of the same design.
A limited number of First Day Covers were produced – If you wish to purchase FDC s or other items please visit my Online Shop or my Ebay pages.