Sunday, 1 November 2009

Registered cover from the Czech Republic no. 5

An interesting cover received from Jaroměř (Královehradecký Region - East Bohemia) on Friday 30 October 2009. The envelope bears two vending machine stamps (ATM). To be honest, I have been aware of the existence of these stickers/stamps only marginally, since I have never seen any in regular postal use. As far as I know, there are only a few (6?) machines located in the whole country (in main post-offices in major cities) and they are used mainly by philatelists and collectors. They are definitely not used by common customers of the Czech Post. In total, there have been only 4 different stamps issued since March 2000 when the machines were introduced for the first time. The first stamp from 2000 (Au1) is featured here (Castle Veveri in Brno, the value of 23 CZK was introduced in 2001) as well as the third one (Au3 from 2005) showing the Castle Jindřichův Hradec with the Vajgar Pond. The value of 11 CZK was introduced only in 2006 along with three others (see the picture).

Both the stamps have been hand-cancelled, and all the necessary data of the registered regime are mentioned on the sticker below them.

Thank you, Jiří!

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