John G has added to the news about the on-off Union Flags, introduced to coincide with the Rio Olympics. John was pleasantly surprised to find them already installed in the Cambridge NCR Self-service Kiosks (SSKs), and even more so when he found that they had the year code MA13, as shown here:
John also took me to task about my comment (under the earlier post) that I was "less than enthusiastic about Post and Go these days". He writes: "My guess it is the Royal Mail shenanigans that have put you and lots of others off Post and Go...", and I suppose he is correct in that. Furthermore, as mentioned in another comment on that post, which I was too busy to grasp the full significance of:
... the MA13 Union Flag stamps hadn't appeared in NCR machines before, so there was a whole load of new material to obtain. And these are real Post and Go items dispensed for the public to use on letters and parcels, not the purely philatelic items dispensed by the Royal Mail machines!Yes, I firmly believe in collecting modern postal history, and have most of the basic rate security
I can let you have images of various Open Value stamps - the most widely dispensed stamps from Post Office NCR machines - if you want to see them. These will be the items for postal history collections in the future - and very few people seem to be bothering with them!
So start looking for Open Value stamps on letters, cards and packet wrappers: I'll be happy to have scans of these to demonstrate that they do exist and have been collected - but please don't send them until November. Remember, postal history is best if it is dated, and most Post and Go/NCR stamps going through the post is not postmarked. In the Special delivery case pictured nearby, the sender is another dealer, so obtained the counter datestamp on it.
[Even collecting Faststamps from all the various Royal Mail 'event' machines would be a challenge, given that some of them have been used with no publicity, for instance at the political Party Conferences. That news doesn't appear on the Royal Mail Post and Go News webpage. I suppose the reason is that they are restricted events, but it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that one of the delegates or volunteers is a collector, or is known to collectors and could actually obtain some.]
Which brings me to other news from Royal Mail's News page.
Royal Navy Museum (except Fleet Air Arm and Submarine) machines will carry a ‘Trafalgar Day’ additional inscription on the Union Flag design from 23 September until 23 October 2016, when they will be replaced by....
The Poppy design from the Symbolic Flowers Post and Go set will be re-introduced from 24 October until 13 November 2016. The stamps will be available from Post and Go post offices, The Postal Museum, Royal Navy and Royal Mail Enquiry office machines.
Hibernating Animals Post and Go stamps will be issued on 14 November 2016. There will be two designs for multi-value reels and two 2nd Class designs. The 2nd Class designs will carry ‘2nd Class’ wording in the background text. Stamps will be available from Post and Go post offices as well as The Postal Museum and Enquiry Office machines. (Pictures of these cannot be published until much nearer the time.)