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Tom in Exton, PA
21 Apr 2017
12:44:17pm

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What can you tell me about this? I have 10 packages that just arrived from a UK friend? I can surely snag the stamps!

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Machinhigh
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21 Apr 2017
01:05:48pm
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Hi,
Yup those are printed labels made out at the point of sending the partial double circle is already on the label before postage fee is paid it's yet another hair brain idea from the Canadian lady who runs Royal Mail and might I add was also the inventor of the letter gauge which determines what postage you pay on a letter /Large letter and packets as for the label should you wish to stat collecting you'll soon have gazillions of them as it's her wish to do away with Machins.

Happy Collecting

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sheepshanks
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21 Apr 2017
01:16:53pm
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" her wish to do away with Machins"


Reckon the PO is making too much money from Machins at present. They will probably survive until the next Monarch is on the throne.
I keep the printed labels but not sure if anyone collects them, they are not exactly attractive and with the size would take up a lot of room on sheets/pages etc.
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d1stamper
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21 Apr 2017
01:23:05pm
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I have a few of these and I have mounted them on a page in my collection.

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21 Apr 2017
02:01:45pm
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"Reckon the PO is making too much money from Machins"



So will they be called "manchins" under the next monarch?
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sheepshanks
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21 Apr 2017
02:07:50pm
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Manchins, possibly, but more likely to be Charlies or heaven forbid, Willies or 'Arries.

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21 Apr 2017
03:12:13pm
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I suspect that these things will be of interest to postal historians and lovers of ugly labels (no offense to she who turns 91 today).

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21 Apr 2017
03:15:13pm
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OK, so let's have a slightly better birthday wish to the world's longest-reigning monarch ever and likely most philatelically studied visage


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sheepshanks
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21 Apr 2017
03:25:44pm
re: British Meter? Worth Saving?

I guess we could always play Dots and Boxes with the Q code.

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Machinhigh
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21 Apr 2017
04:00:28pm
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Labels ...yes I can remember me starting a collection of USPS labels it was worse than getting my heed roon machins

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21 Apr 2017
04:28:39pm
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The bar code and other content appears to be printed with a thermal printer. If so, then collecting these long term is probably not feasible. There are two type of thermal printers, the more common one is Direct Transfer (DT). This is favored because it does not require ink or printing ribbon. Instead, the paper has a coating which is activated by heat to produce the printed content. This is great for kiosks and other printing applications where you do not want the extra cost and printing support hassles. But the dirty little secret is that the labels have a life expectancy of about 7-10 years. After that, the printed content will simply fade away to nothing.

I am sure the postal organizations do not care about this since the time frame meets their requirements for postal use. But it certainly casts a shadow over trying to collect them longer term.

To check to see if it is DT coated thermal paper, simply use your fingernail or coin to scratch the surface of the label (like a scratch off lottery ticket). If this leave a black mark, it is DT coated thermal paper.
Don

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24 Apr 2017
08:52:23am

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I had never seen these before so I just wanted to find out if they were collectible. I thought maybe the International ones with high pound value may be desirable.

I asked the owner of the 10 packages to save them for me, but he forgot and the boxes went to the trash or were reused to forward the product they held elsewhere. I guess alls well that ends well.

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24 Apr 2017
04:35:16pm
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Catalog Entry: PO3.2. Horizon (digital), 2015.

Great Britain page of the International Postage Stamp Meter Catalog

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Machinhigh
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24 Apr 2017
06:01:45pm
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Hi,
If ya live in the UK you could always butter up yer local postmaster/mistress for a few mint ones to shove into yer postal history collection.
Happy Collecting.

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24 Apr 2017
08:30:23pm
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" .... you could always butter up yer local postmaster/mistress for a few mint ones to shove into yer postal history collection. ...."

But the unused examples are missing all the interesting printing and cancellations that must be applied at the point of sale to make them valid receipts for payment of mail services.
I have a few used from mail in the collection as well as and some duplicates. I also have two unprocessed examples, one perforated and the other not so much.
If anyone wants something from the used duplicate file, send me a note.

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Machinhigh
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25 Apr 2017
02:15:33am
re: British Meter? Worth Saving?

Hi ,
the only are the Machin Head and the double steel cancel on the label before sale. I'd shove em in with the Post and Go labels.

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