Emergency measures were taken with Post and Go machines and, after a false promise of a nationwide change in April, the NCR software was changed in June so that the 'Europe up to 20g' stamp was changed to read 'Euro 20g / World 10g'.
The special machines in use at philatelic events, and at the BPMA and NMRN also used this service indicator. Those of us who thought about it generally reckoned that with the Wincor-Nixdorf machines being replaced rapidly their software would not be changed. The Philatelic Bulletin (October p 55) confirmed that "The dual-value label was not vended from Wincor machines."
So imagine my surprise when this picture turned up this week from the other end of England to where the main action was supposed to be going on (London and Portsmouth) :
From machine number 1, so clearly not an NCR machine. In fact, Spring Blooms from Chester-le-Street's Wincor-Nixdorf machine!
We await with bated breath your reports of availability on other stamps. Brown Machins (various dates), Union Flag (also various dates), Symbolic Flowers, and possibly some of the older stock if any of it is left in Post Office branches yet to be converted.
This undated Union Flag (collector's strip) from Leeds was listed on eBay yesterday:
On this subject, these reports have been received in the last few days:
(1) Further conversions to NCR have now reduced Wincor in the Capital to a handful.
Wood Green has been NCR for some time and recent conversions are Great Portland Street and Junction Road.
Kensington (of poppy fame) has had Wincor withdrawn so NCR is imminent there.
I am sure it is not official but from todays observations it seems if a Wincor goes defective it is not been given priority for repair with Farringdon Road and also 2 of the 3 kiosks out of service at both Tudor Street and Clapham out of service.
The kiosk at Holloway is showing a Windows start up fault as it did two weeks ago, not checked were Finchley Road and Balham.
(2) I'm reliably informed that Harrogate W-N machines were removed this week (16 October) and York will be changed on 30 October.