The first overseas venture for the Post and Go machines to Melbourne has not been without its problems. Sadly Murphy seems to have made an appearance and anything that could go wrong.....
From our correspondent at the show:
The machines were supposed to arrive on Monday, but got delayed by
They finally arrived today at 10am (2 hours before the
opening). The poor bloke looking after them had only one machine that
worked (at least initially) and the other crashed after each transaction
(due to internet problems, they chose an unreliable provider here).
Anyway, for your edification, attached is a scan of the collector strips
from the second machine (A4 - the one that kept crashing). A3 was
finally got working and I got a few from it as well. The queue was
building and, with a limit of 99 stamps in one transaction, I felt a
little bad trying to monopolise slow and troublesome machines.
These are the images Peter sent us:
It is because of the uncertainty that I have been unable to say whether we will have any supplies for other than regular customers. It does seem likely that we will have supplies from both machines but at this stage we don't know what the price will be because the costs are not finalised.
Chris has sent a picture of the Machin strip received from Tallents House together with the receipt. I imagine that this is an accurate facsimile of the ones issued in Australia, but it is quite misleading suggesting that the receipt was produced at the Exhibition Building in Carlton, Vic. And the overprint from Edinburgh doesn't include the word World that the Edinburgh overprint does (thanks for the report 'Anonymous'). What a blunder!
The cheapest way to have an obviously local product is to have a joined pair of 1st class stamps - disappointingly Edinburgh only produced collectors strips of 6. Collectors could be forgiven for giving this all a wide berth!
UPDATE 13 May 2013
We're now able to show you the Personalised Smilers sheets available from Australia 2013. These are available customised with a photo or with the show logo, which appears in position 1 on all sheets of 10:
Some misalignment occurred in printing some sheets, resulting in the partial omission of the 'f' in the word 'of' on the labels. The grey vertical band at the centre of the images is where the clear plastic of the carrier overlaps.
UPDATE 15 May
Thanks to Alec W and his contact for providing pictures of Australia 2013 covers with the Faststamps affixed, and a pseudo-postmark or cachet.
UPDATE 16 May
Another correspondent sent us these images showing the pair from each machine
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