Newly discovered -Harlow Post and Go Error -Feb 2011

This error came from the Harlow Post Office Post & Go machine, which had the Birds II stamps in it for ONLY FOUR DAYS  in February 2011!!

Harlow Post Office was a non Birds office at the time and should have only issued the standard Machin type faststamps!

However nearby Milton Keynes Post Office ran out of Post & Go Faststamps at the end of 2010 and Harlow PO let them borrow some of theirs.

When Milton Keynes eventually got new stock in it was all Birds II stamps and to repay Harlow, they sent them Birds II  instead of Machin type faststamps, which they put in their machine!!!

When Royal Mail discovered the mistake they instructed the staff at the PO to withdraw the Birds II stamps immediately and replace them with Machin type faststamps which they did on 23/02/11.

All machines have now been upgraded to the smaller font and Birds series 3 stamps.

UPDATE:- This unique set is available here

New Discovery!-Post and Go stamp security overprint missing!

Whilst looking through some ‘Hytech’ vended Post and Go Stamps I have come across some where the security overprint does not cover the whole of the stamp~there is a discernible and noticable gap at the base of the stamp where the print does not reach the bottom of the stamp.   Upon checking with other dealers they have noticed the same on a handful of stamps purchased at Spring Stampex 2011  and have confirmed that at least one whole strip of five with this error on each stamp exists.

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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.

 

 

 

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..

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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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.

Birds Faststamps fly at Stampex

The first pictorial “faststamps” went live today at Stampex as well as 31 other Offices and proved to be very popular with collectors both old and new.

A queue formed early on at the Post & Go machine at Stampex and continued for most of the day. European dealers flew in specially for the event and purchased the maximum possible within their 15 min allocated slot. Some collectors were slightly puzzled by the options available to them, as the Royal Mail literature had only offered the 1st Class  preprinted variants via mail order , so many believed that this was also the only option available to them from the kiosk , were but soon got the hang of things  when assisted by fellow collectors and staff. A big success!

Post & Go Miscut Label Variety

A contributor to this site has reported a nice ‘Miscut’ variety from the Finchley, London  Post&Go Machine, along with the receipt that is generated when the machine detects such an error. Nice One!

The receipt reads “We apologise some items could not be printed, Please present this part of receipt to a member of staff for assistance”.

Broadway, London Post & Go goes live -17th September 2009

A first day cover is shown.

‘SmartStamp’ Style Post and Go Labels Go-Live

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In a further quest towards a unified set of labels and to aid operational processing, Post and Go kiosks yesterday(30th June 2009) started to be upgraded to print labels that conform to the existing ‘smartstamp’ format.