Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Germany - Gütersloh - 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.

In the request for a postmark on my envelope I always ask for a second cancellation, in German a 'Blankostempel', on the left side of the envelope. Somehow the postal worker in Gütersloh misunderstood and put a second cancellation on the card inside the envelope.

The Philatelie-Shop in Gütersloh can be found in the Deutsche Post building on the square where also the central train station is. The address for postmark requests is: Kaiserstraβe 24, 33330 Gütersloh, Germany. Opening hours: Mo-Fr 9.00-18.00 h., Sat 9.00-12.30 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.

Date sent: 11 May 2017
Date postmark: 15 May 2017
Date received: 17 May 2017
Number of days: 6
Envelope in collection: 64

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