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 by melrider1949 *:
* Update: the same seller now also has the new Poppy stamp with this change, despite assertions elsewhere that this would not be provided to Wincor-Nixdorf offices.
Undated Machin example from Farringdon Road:
The Collectors Set shows clearly how the new caption is out of step with he others which were changed earlier in the year. The 60g stamps still have the 'wrong' size figures which means that there are three different types in one set!
UPDATE 27 October:
Cattle were in the Macclesfield machine on Monday, but when that roll was exhausted they switched to Sheep, and then Freshwater Lakes. (Thanks to Robert and Stuart for these pictures)
Meanwhile at Chester-le-Street, Freshwater Lakes are now in use (thanks to Brian for the image )
Iain reports having bought Symbolic Flowers and Freshwater Rivers, but I don't know which offices these came from.
UPDATE 28 October:
Now, here's a surprise - the Wincor machines were not all changed at the same time! Roy reports that Chesterfield has two machines, with K2 being from the previous office at 1 Market Place and retaining the branch code of 011340. Whilst K1 was changed as previously described, K2 was unchanged at 11.45 am:
This error has since been rectified.
UPDATE 3 NOVEMBER
As a result of advice from readers (many thanks all) I visited Kidderminster on Sunday and secured some Machin MA13 versions from their Wincor-Nixdorf machine. No other Faststamps were available because all old stock was returned to store when the Crown House post office closed and operations moved to the WHSmith shop in Vicars Street, about 100 yards away.
Meanwhile, as reported in the comments, Macclesfield's WN machine has been removed and is not being replaced. Fortunately Stuart managed to get me some Pigs and these (with the Machin above) will soon be in our webshop.
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 today's 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.
(3) London's Baker Street's 2 W-N machines were withdrawn on 21 October.
(4) Sevenoaks NCR went live 31 October; Macclesfield W-N removed 31 October and not replaced; Leeds W-N removed 27 October; York W-N last day was 25 October.I'm trying to get up to date information from Post Office Ltd.