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Europe/Other : Switzerland: Computer vended postage labels

 

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AGKING
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28 Jan 2012
10:34:01am
Image Not FoundI found these in a recent garage sale. Need help ID'ing these items.

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Liz

28 Jan 2012
11:16:14am

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re: Switzerland: Computer vended postage labels

Those are ATM labels (Some collectors call them "Framas" after the name of one of the more prominent vending-machine manufacturers, Frama.). They are not listed in the Scott catalogues.

I believe Michel used to publish a worldwide ATM catalogue called "Michel Automatenmarken-Spezial-Katalog". I believe the last publication was 2008 that covered issues up to 1999 and Michel has discontinued this publication. The catalogue used to sell for about 55 Euros.

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28 Jan 2012
01:15:24pm
re: Switzerland: Computer vended postage labels

Scott lists these stamps "back-of-the-book" in the computer vended postage section only for the U.S. (CVP - prefix).

There is (or used to be) a specialized worldwide Michel catalog for these stamps, but Michel also lists all of the CVP stamps following the regular stamp section for all countries. So, your stamps are from the "Swiss Landscapes" series of four designs, issued in 1996, which were printed on a roll in repeating sequence. The stamps could be customized with values from 00.05 Swiss Franks and up.

The right margin, just to add some "stamp trivia," serves to imitate the perforation of regular stamps since these stamps are simple unperforated squares. In the early days of postal automization, there were two competing systems. One system, adopted in the U.S., used tagging to detect where the stamp was postioned so that the envelopes could be automatically positioned ("faced") and cancelled. The alternate system was based on shining light on the envelope at an angle to detect the shadow cast from the stamp. Postal services worldwide adopted one or the other system, which expains why some countries issue tagged stamps and other countries even today do not. Instead you find black-box patterns printed at the right margins of postal stationary, for instance, from Austria, while German and U.S. stationary has tagging. Occasionaly, countries changed systems so Finland issued tagged stamps from 1973 to 1987 and untagged stamps since.

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AGKING
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29 Jan 2012
12:07:45pm
re: Switzerland: Computer vended postage labels

Excellent
Thanks for the information and the trivia

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29 Jan 2012
12:17:01pm
re: Switzerland: Computer vended postage labels

Just to confirm and add a bit more: these are a set of 4 "automat" (vending machine) stamp labels issued in 1996-- the first such Swiss labels to have a pictorial motif. Zumstein (the primary Swiss catalogue) no's 11-14, listed in their BOB section on such items. They have a catalogue value of 1.50 Swiss francs each (about US $1.65, at current exchange rates).

Mint examples are worth 1.5x face value + catalogue value.

As already shared, you can also find these listed in the German Michel catalogues.

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Peter

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AGKING

28 Jan 2012
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Andy

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28 Jan 2012
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re: Switzerland: Computer vended postage labels

Those are ATM labels (Some collectors call them "Framas" after the name of one of the more prominent vending-machine manufacturers, Frama.). They are not listed in the Scott catalogues.

I believe Michel used to publish a worldwide ATM catalogue called "Michel Automatenmarken-Spezial-Katalog". I believe the last publication was 2008 that covered issues up to 1999 and Michel has discontinued this publication. The catalogue used to sell for about 55 Euros.

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28 Jan 2012
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re: Switzerland: Computer vended postage labels

Scott lists these stamps "back-of-the-book" in the computer vended postage section only for the U.S. (CVP - prefix).

There is (or used to be) a specialized worldwide Michel catalog for these stamps, but Michel also lists all of the CVP stamps following the regular stamp section for all countries. So, your stamps are from the "Swiss Landscapes" series of four designs, issued in 1996, which were printed on a roll in repeating sequence. The stamps could be customized with values from 00.05 Swiss Franks and up.

The right margin, just to add some "stamp trivia," serves to imitate the perforation of regular stamps since these stamps are simple unperforated squares. In the early days of postal automization, there were two competing systems. One system, adopted in the U.S., used tagging to detect where the stamp was postioned so that the envelopes could be automatically positioned ("faced") and cancelled. The alternate system was based on shining light on the envelope at an angle to detect the shadow cast from the stamp. Postal services worldwide adopted one or the other system, which expains why some countries issue tagged stamps and other countries even today do not. Instead you find black-box patterns printed at the right margins of postal stationary, for instance, from Austria, while German and U.S. stationary has tagging. Occasionaly, countries changed systems so Finland issued tagged stamps from 1973 to 1987 and untagged stamps since.

Arno

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29 Jan 2012
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re: Switzerland: Computer vended postage labels

Excellent
Thanks for the information and the trivia

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29 Jan 2012
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re: Switzerland: Computer vended postage labels

Just to confirm and add a bit more: these are a set of 4 "automat" (vending machine) stamp labels issued in 1996-- the first such Swiss labels to have a pictorial motif. Zumstein (the primary Swiss catalogue) no's 11-14, listed in their BOB section on such items. They have a catalogue value of 1.50 Swiss francs each (about US $1.65, at current exchange rates).

Mint examples are worth 1.5x face value + catalogue value.

As already shared, you can also find these listed in the German Michel catalogues.

Regards,
Peter

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