1992 was a magical year for Spain. Never before had there been so many large international events concentrated inside a few months. The Universal Exhibition in Seville, the Olympic Games in Barcelona, the European cultural capital in Madrid and, for philately, the World philatelic exhibition in Granada.
All these events had their own Klüssendorf type issue. It could be considered as the beginning of a new phase in the postal history of Spain.
(See also the Resolution 489 of the Dirección general del Organismo Autónomo Correos y Telégrafos).
This ATM design was initially issued in 1992 by all the Klüssendorf Stampcenter 631 automatic vending machines installed in the Seville Expo, as well as by the Klüssendorf Stampcenter 847 stamp printers of the Philatelic Service in Madrid. The total printing was not sold out and in 1993 and the following years it was possible to obtain this issue in some of the other Klüssendorf distributors installed in many provincial capitals, and later from the IBM postal kiosks.
Depending on the machine used and the configuration of the StampCenter 847, the face value of the ATMs was printed with 3 or 4 digits. In all cases the impression was mechanical, with black ink, although there exists some rare ATMs of this design with 4 digits and a lilac-violet face value printing, issued by the IBM postal kiosk installed in the Bilbao main post office in 1997.
Some ATMs have on the back a 4-digits number, preprinted control number every 5th stamp, which indicated the number of blank labels remaining in the machine.
(For more information about the Klüssendorf type ATMs, errors and special printings, see study).
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This page was created in 1999 and last updated: 01.10.07 . English edition rewritten by S. Goodman (01.10.07)