Sunday, 28 May 2017

Germany - ATM stamps 2017

On 3 January 2017 Deutsche Post issued two new ATM stamp designs to replace the ones from 2008 (Brandenburger Tor Berlin and Post Tower Bonn). This time the stamps feature two very important mail events: writing letters and receiving letters. Deutsche Post deals with 61 million letters every day, although personal letters are an increasingly smaller part of the mail stream, being replaced by e-mails and social media.

The new ATM stamps were introduced in machines a limited number of cities and are gradually being made available throughout the country. When I was in Essen the machine at the central post office still had the old designs, but at the Briefmarken-Messe the new designs were available.

I got both designs out of the machine with the rate for international letters and had them cancelled just before I left for home on 12 May. Behind the counter was the same lady that was at the Philatelie-Shop the day before. I asked for a normal date cancellation and she even cleaned the cancel for me so I would have nicely postmarked envelopes.

Date sent: 12 May 2017
Date postmark: 12 May 2017
Date received: 16 May 2017
Number of days: 4
Envelope in collection: 57



Date sent: 12 May 2017
Date postmark: 12 May 2017
Date received: 16 May 2017
Number of days: 4
Envelope in collection: 58




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