The ATMs in Costa Rica (I). KLÜSSENDORF issue


Subject : Typical oxcart
Date of issue :
July 12, 1993
Size :
43 x 25,5 mm.
Paper :
Phosphorescent. Multicolour drawing
Design :
Printer :
Enschede, Netherlands
Printing value :
Printing :
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On July 12th, 1993 the Correos de Costa Rica installed in San Jose, country's capital, 4 ATM vending machines from the German company Klüssendorf - Model 631.

The new distributors were installed in the Main Post Office, Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Hotel Alameda and Restaurant Soda Palace.

The vending machines used only one paper or design.
They worked with coins and it was possible to obtain 16 different values programmed corresponding to the common franking values or combinations at these date: 6, 9, 10, 13, 15, 23, 25, 28, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 60, 70 and 85 ¢ (colones).

The machines issued also a purchase receipt.
The collectors consider also "short" sets with 4 basic values: 13, 15, 25 and 35 ¢.

The dates are not known in which the distributors were out of service, possibly only worked during few months; the equipment installed in the
Main Post Office was in discontinuous use until 1995.
Receipt of the First Day of issue for the purchase of one ATM with value 25¢.
Size: 57 x 138 mm.

The characteristics of this ATMs are identical to others of type Klüssendorf, gummed papers including two semicircles in the upper part and two more in the lower one.
Each 5 ATMs appears a control number on the back that indicates the number of stamps that still are in the machine. As the coils are of 2000 labels, the first number obtained is the 2000 and last one 5.

The Philatelic Office of Correos de Costa Rica prepared a collection of 16 First Day Covers, with all the values issued by the vending machines.
This collection was offered to all the customers through a letter sent in August 23rd, 1993.

One of the covers (size: 24 x 10,5 cm.) of the official collection and detail of the ATM with the commemorative postmark of the First Day of Issue.

The typical oxcart was used during the colonial age to transport  sugar cane and the tobacco and nowadays is still used by some coffee growers to transport the coffee.
From old ages farmers used to paint the carts with attractive and colourful motifs to preserve and made them beautiful. At first the designs were simple, but later painting the carts turned to a competition between the different properties and the owners wanted to have the best pair of oxen and the most beautiful cart. Nowadays is one of the more representative artisan objects of the national culture.
The typical oxcart was declared national symbol during the President Oscar Arias Sanchez mandate, on March 22nd, 1988 and it represents a tribute to work and art.


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