In 2013, the first ATM issue in France eventually appeared, bearing in mind the progressive increase in the number of commemorative issues in recent years, after which the "deluge" of sets was unstoppable - up to 6 issues in just two months, coinciding with the period of maximum philatelic activity in France.
Two philatelic events - the PHILAPOSTEL annual meeting and the traditional Salon Philatélique de Printemps, held during the first weekend of April 2013, each got their corresponding ATM.
As usual, PHILAPOSTEL organized its annual meeting in one of the Azuréva resorts, in this case in the remote holidays village of Bussang, in the Vosges, a department in northeast France, near the border with Germany.
(Read the articles devoted to some past PHILAPOSTEL meetings, also with special ATM issues - Raedersheim in 2009, published in VARIABLE 13, Trégunc in 2011 - VARIABLE 21, and Arêches in 2012 - VARIABLE 25).
The 61st PHILAPOSTEL general assembly was held from April 4th to 7th. During these four days, the 94 delegates got together to review financial accounts, renew the board of directors, and agree joint actions for the next year. During the meeting the organization also arranged a regional philatelic championship and a mail art competition.
PHILAPOSTEL is the main philatelic association in France. In 2013, it brings together near 2,600 members, collectors, employees of La Poste and France Télécom, grouped into 27 regional and departmental associations.
Staff of La Poste from Le Thillot and Bussang installed a small temporary post office on April 5th and 6th, in one of the resort's buildings (pictures below), where visitors and those at the meeting were able to buy recent stamp issues and other postal items related to the region, as well as obtain the special commemorative postmark.
The rolls of thermal self-adhesive labels were manufactured by Phil@poste and printed by offset. The label size is 80 x 30 mm. and incorporates a phosphorescent vertical strip at each edge of the design. The total printing for this design was 25,000 labels.
The two IER LISA 2 postal kiosks installed in the temporary office used the LISA v5 software (see article >, also published in VARIABLE 27), so it was possible to obtain ATMs of this design with up to 40 different texts or indicators (20 shipment types + 20 franking complements for the shipment types), as well as ATMs with no text, just the face value.
The LISA v5 software allows users to obtain franking complement ATMs for all the 20 delivery types currently programmed. In the images, these are ATMs with 0.56 EUR face value (minimum value programmed in the two postal kiosks during the assembly), to be used as a franking complements for ECOPLI and MINI MAX shipments.
Franking complement ATMs for MINI MAX shipments are the only ones that do not include the special text 'COMPLEMENT D'AFFRANCHISSEMENT'.
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This page was created in JUne 2013 and last updated: 15.06.13 . English edition rewritten by S. Goodman (15.06.2013)