We have a Post & Go machine!

We are delighted have a fully functioning Royal Mail Post & Go machine in our Archive Search Room foyer from today. After installation and testing last Friday the machine is now operational and available to visitors. This makes the BPMA the first place to get a permanent Royal Mail Hytech Post & Go machine outside an exhibition environment.

Curator, Julian Stray, using the Royal Mail's Post and Go machine, newly installed in the foyer of the British Postal Museum & Archive.

Curator, Julian Stray, using the Royal Mail’s Post and Go machine, newly installed in the foyer of the British Postal Museum & Archive.

Post & Go machines produce self-adhesive stamps on demand and are usually located in Post Office branches. Post & Go stamps are proving to be very popular with collectors and we are expecting long queues in our Search Room foyer today.

Our Post & Go machine holds two different stamp designs, which will be changed 3-4 times a year. The first stamps will be the special Christmas Robin and the standard Machin designs. A unique overprint has been especially designed for the BPMA machine, reading “The B.P.M.A.”.

Douglas Muir, BPMA Curator of Philately, is the first official user of the Royal Mail's Post and Go machine, newly installed in the foyer of the British Postal Museum & Archive.

Douglas Muir, BPMA Curator of Philately, is the first official user of the Royal Mail’s Post and Go machine, newly installed in the foyer of the British Postal Museum & Archive.

Please note that the machine only accepts credit and debit cards, and is only available to visitors to the BPMA.

Christmas Robin stamps from our Post & Go machine.

Christmas Robin stamps from our Post & Go machine.

Machin stamps from our Post & Go machine.

Machin stamps from our Post & Go machine.

A receipt from our Post & Go machine.

A receipt from our Post & Go machine.

Visit our website to find out more about our Post & Go machine.

11 responses to “We have a Post & Go machine!

  1. Pingback: B.P.M.A goes live with Hytech next generation Post & Go ‘A1′ kiosk. | Postage Labels Of The UK

  2. Brian Morris

    Why does this machine still have the Christmas Robin stamps in it when Christmas is long over? Surely if the Union Flag was put in its place more stamps would be sold to collectors.

  3. David Charlton

    Will they be selling the new 2nd class stamps from 20th February in this machine

    • The Robin design will be replaced by the Union Flag on Thursday 21 February, the second day of Stampex. We will review the inclusion of the 2nd Class stamp once it becomes available within the Post Office Limited Post & Go network in April.

  4. I came to your branch last week for some Post & Go stamps. I was sure I have seen and read this article/blog first before I decided to come to you.

    On your blog you mentioned you have a Post & Go machine onsite that it ‘holds two different stamp designs, which will be changed 3-4 times a year’. I came to your branch last week especially for the Post & Go Freshwater Life Lakes stamps. When I asked a gentleman behind the reception/counter about these stamps, I was told the BPMA has not been instructed by Royal Mail to sell these new pictorial Post & Go stamps. I was very disappointed to be honest.

    I am a stamp collector from Birmingham, Midlands. I wouldn’t say I specially travelled all the way to you in London from Birmingham last week for the new pictorial Post & Go stamps. But I did make a special trip from SW London (Wimbledon) all the way to you. (It took me over an hour to get to you!)

    I appreciate the BPMA can only follow what Royal Mail instructs to do with your Post & Go machine, but a question keeps popping in my mind asking… what is the point to have a Post & Go machine installed at the BPMA while it doesn’t sell any other new released pictorial Post & Go stamps?

    Thank you for your attention

    • Hi Bart, sorry you didn’t quite what you wanted from our Post & Go machine. We keep collectors up to date on the designs currently available from our machine on our Post & Go webpage (http://www.postalheritage.org.uk/postandgo), in new blog posts (i.e. https://postalheritage.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/union-flag-design-now-available-from-our-post-go-machine/), via our e-newsletter (http://www.postalheritage.org.uk/mailing) and through articles in the philatelic press. Some philatelic bloggers have also written about our machine and what’s available from it. We’ve never said the Freshwater Lakes stamps would be available from the machine, and to our knowledge neither has anyone else.

      We do not put any of the series of pictorial stamps issued by Royal Mail at quarterly intervals into our machine, i.e. Freshwater Lakes. This is a result of an agreement with Royal Mail and to restrict the number of new issues to 3–4 per year on the BPMA machine which is the only one on a permanent site with an “overprint”. What we use might be described as “definitive” Royal Mail Post & Go designs, i.e. the Machin, the Union Flag and the Christmas Robin (or any similar items). Thus, it is intended (as and when we are able to) to install the Machin 2nd class design and other changes of definitives.

      • Thank you so much for your response to my message.

        As I mentioned on my original message, if your Post & Go machine is going to print/overprint 3-4 new issues per year, I would think it meant the Freshwater Life designs (3 in total over the year) would be available on your machine, based on the fact that Royal Mail is only releasing 5 different designs of Post & Go stamps in this year.

        While your machine has already got the Union Flag stamps fitted in since February, I thought it would be replaced by the new design and keep the Machin on at all time.

        There will be one more design for the Post & Go stamps for this year, and I take it that will be not available on your machine too. So overall, there is only one change for the stamps on your Post & Go machine – from the Christmas Robin to the Union Flag in February 2013.

        You are correct that there is no evidence to show the Freshwater Life stamps would be available. It is just my logic telling me that it should be if your machine will print 3-4 new issues per year.

        Thank you for your attention

      • We’re in dicussions about changing one of the designs, and we should be able to annouce that change in a couple of months. We only ever have two designs available at any one time.

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