News release, Postal Heritage, 18 September
On 21 October the Poppy Post and Go issue, unveiled at Autumn Stampex, will be available from The British Postal Museum and Archive
(BPMA), commemorating Armistice Day and Remembrance events. The Poppy
issue will be on sale from a new Post and Go+ machine, which will be
installed in the BPMA foyer at Freeling House, London on 17 October.
The Post and Go+ is the standard A001 machine but with an
additional “pod” allowing up to four reels of stamps to be vended, and
is the first of its kind in the UK. This will allow the BPMA to expand
its offer to the philatelic community by creating a greater range of
designs available for each underprint.
The Poppy design will be issued alongside the standard Machin, second
class Machin and the Union Flag stamps. The text on the 'underprint' will
read “The B.P.M.A.” as on previous issues.
Philatelic products featuring the poppy issue will be available from
the BPMA online shop. Please check the website, postalheritage.org.uk
The stamp will be available from the BPMA foyer during standard
opening hours until 5pm 12 November, being replaced with this year’s
Winter Greenery Christmas designs on 13 November.
We are not planning to stock these BPMA stamps.
UPDATE 9 October.
Thanks to one of our alert readers I can now add this from the IAR site:
The new A001 kiosk and Side pod have been tested and signed off.
It will be installed on the afternoon of the 16th September – The
BPMA kiosk will not be available from 15:30 of the 16th. The session
number is automatically carried over from the previous kiosk,
The kiosk is the same design as A005 at Stampex, in that it has
options for multiple side pods, it has speakers – so finally you can
hear what Ellie is saying in her instructional video! Press the i button
and press the video
The original A001 will be given a MOT check and new designation, ready to be installed in its new home – watch this space.
So this suggests that the new machine will print A001 on labels despite being a replacement, a bit like definitive stamps being printed from a new cylinder but the cylinder number remaining the same. Doubtless there will be some subtle difference in the printing - aside from the new base labels that will be available.
Examples of the BPMA Airmail Post and Go stamps recently appeared on eBay with 1st class and 1st Large printed on the blue Machin stamps.
An explanation of the software error which caused these is on the postagelabels.co.uk blog.
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