We are getting several reports of the Birds 3 Faststamps being put into Post & Go machines early. Apparently some offices have loaded them immediately on receipt, others as the reel needed changing, and we don't know whether any of the mistakes was rectified. Of course if a supply of Birds 2 was exhausted and there were no Machin head Faststamps in reserve, it make sense to use what is available rather than leave the machines 'out of service'.
So far we've been told about -
Old Street, London EC1 on 28 April - earliest yet
Leeds on 7 May Chichester some time last week Walsall at least 17 May, exact date unknown. Windsor - 18 May in machine 2 with machine 1 continuing with Machins (as Norwich did for Birds 1) Aldwych continued with Machins on 19th when they should have switched to Birds 3. (Thanks to John McCallum for these last two.)
Machine 2 in St James Centre Edinburgh (003824) had reverted to Birds 2, by 30 June.
An eBay seller reports also that Bath and Exmouth also had early release. (Bath now confirmed as 6 May.)
Here's one from Walsall with yesterday's date, 17 May 2011:
Addendum - odd goings on at Walsall, where they don't know what day of the week it is!
My correspondent who sent the cover image above also sent me two sets of 6 x 1st, in an envelope postmarked 18.05.11 at 08.51pm. However the receipts accompanying the Faststamps show that they were purchased on 19/05/2010 - 13.38. Walsall's machine is obviously set to the wrong date. So anybody who bought these on the official first day (19th) probably has receipts dated 20th. [And my correspondent has pointed out MY error, that the receipt is actually dated 364 days before the date of issue!!]
At Harrogate, stamps bought from machine 2 on 28 May had a receipt dated 16th May 2023.
Have you found any other machines which already have the Birds 3 set? On the other hand, when you visit after 18th, have you found any machines without the Birds 3? Let us know - leave a comment!
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