Saturday, 27 May 2017

Germany - Berlin Pankow - Philatelie-Shop (datestamp)

Deutsche Post has established special philately windows in 26 major post offices throughout the country. Each uses a datestamp with the letters 'ps' in it to distinguish it from normal datestamps. The letters ps stand for Philatelie-shop.

The Philatelie-Shop in Berlin Pankow can be found in the shopping mall Rathaus-Center in the centre of this north Berlin quarter. The address for postmark requests is: Breist Straße 20, 13187 Berlin Pankow, Germany. Opening hours: Mo-Fr 9.30-18.30 h., Sat 9.30-14.00 h.

For the envelope I used the new definitive 90 cent stamp from the flower series, issued on 11 May 2017 that I bought at the Philatelie-Shop in Essen on the first day of issue. The priority label was put there by the Philatelie-Shop.

Inside the envelope there was a nice surprise. The Philatelie-Shop official had put in two cards. One with the message that this shop also uses a pictorial postmark and one with an impression of that postmark and the datestamp. Of course I sent another envelope to Berlin to get the second postmark as well. Now this is what I call service.

Date sent: 11 May 2017
Date postmark: 12 May 2017
Date received: 16 May 2017
Number of days: 5
Envelope in collection: 54

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