The ATMs, like the "traditional"
stamps, offer many study possibilities.
In this article we'll outline a
new aspect, the postal tax documents franked with ATMs.
Generically, the tax or postal
rate is the amount that the user of the mail must pay for the transport
In some cases the post office's
employees fill up forms, many of them no more in use, that justify the
payment of these special taxes; the value appears in form of stamps
In all the cases this documents are
for internal post office use, often with peculiar postal marks.
They keep in the post offices archives and, therefore, very rarely can
arrive at hands of the collectors.
The same form F.I. was reprinted
many times during the years with a few variations. We show here some examples
F.I. - Insufficient
If the shipment is not correctly
franked, when arriving at the destination the postman collect to the addressee
the double of the franking insufficiency and gives the shipment.
With the money, and already in the
post office, he acquires a stamp to frank the form as an internal voucher.
This system is already in disuse.
There exists also many reprinting of
the same form ...
M-18 - Insufficient
Similar to the previous one, this
form announce that the shipment is stopped in the post office because the
franking is insufficient.
This note can arrive at the addressee
once arrived the shipment, but also at the sender before leaving.
These documents usually include
two postmarks with date, that give information about the period during
which the letter has been stopped in the post office; the date of the note
and the date when the corresponding rate became paid.
In theory a shipment could not be
retained in origin, but we see as this form allows that the post office
decides where the rate will be paid.
M-4 - Notice of
In the case of return of reimbursements,
postal parcels or registered printed matter, a new rate equivalent to the
value of the franking was collected again from the sender.
The from include the stamp with the
amount of the rate to justify and to demonstrate the payment.
This form is used for the post offices
internal registered shipments between departments, although here it's used
to collect the reimbursements return, as the previous case.
This use of forms for different uses
occurs in many occasions, some times because the postal employees don't
have the correct form or some times because it's more easy ...
F.D. 1 - Franking
Some companies offer the franking
at destination service (F. D.).
This is the invoice ; a copy with
the stamp for the total amount is for post office archives.
In case that the payment does not
become cash, it can be reduced of the guarantee previously established.
Normally the stamps are in the back
of the document.
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