GUERNSEY. 2017 - Post & Go issues

The GG01 kiosk at SPRING STAMPEX 2017. The new 'Guernsey Bailiwick Lighthouses' series

With no activity since Autumn Stampex 2016 (like the Jersey Post machine), the Guernsey Post GG01 kiosk was in attendance at London's Spring Stampex 2017, from February 15th to 18th 2017.

The kiosk was installed on the 'Post & Go Services' stand, next to the Royal Mail, Jersey Post and Royal Gibraltar Post Office machines (More information).

During the four days of the Spring Stampex 2017, the GG01 kiosk issued stamps with the 'Guernsey flag' definitive design with the special imprint for the 65 years of Queen Elizabeth's II reign.

HM The Queen 
Accession 1952 

from one of the printers, and the new 'Guernsey Bailiwick Lighthouses' thematic series, with no special impression, from the other.

The first block of the code at the bottom of all the stamps issued by the kiosks at this philatelic event is B2GB17 GG01-, followed by the session and stamp number. The philatelic service also sells six-value sets ​​or 'Collectors strips' with the 'Guernsey flag' design and the Spring Stampex special text, plus the new thematic series, all produced by the back office printer B002 (see strip below).

Following the 'Bailiwick Life' series (article and VARIABLE 40), the new 'Guernsey Bailiwick Lighthouses' is the second pictorial series released by Guernsey Post.
The six designs depict the main Guernsey, Alderney & Sark lighthouses; Castle Breakwater in St Peter Port, Les Hanois, Brehon Tower, Mannez (Alderney), Casquets and Sark. 
The excellent illustrations, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful 'Post & Go' series to date, are by the British illustrator Robin Carter.

Guernsey Post produced a presentation pack containing a Collectors Strip of the new series (upper image), together with a first day cover, also featuring the Castle Breakwater lighthouse.

The new series was obtainable, from February 15th 2017, in the GG01 philatelic kiosk, temporarily installed at London Spring Stampex 2017, and the permanent GG02 kiosk installed at Envoy House, in Saint Peter Port, Guernsey. In this last case, with the permanent imprint 'Envoy House' (see images below).

Printer B002
Guernsey Philatelic Bureau
Kiosk GG01
Spring Stampex 2017 - London
Kiosk GG02
Envoy House - Guernsey

Receipts of the six-value set or 'Collectors Strip' programmed in the kiosks, issued by the kiosks installed at Spring Stampex 2017 and Envoy House, respectively.

As can be seen, all the stamps bought in the London postal kiosk were billed with a 20% VAT surcharge on the face value on sales made by Guernsey Post in the UK.

Guernsey Post - The CSP1 kiosk at MELBOURNE 2017

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The GG01 kiosk in Smith Street Post Office - The cruise stamps

Each year, Saint Peter Port, the capital of Guernsey and the main port on the island is visited by more than one hundred ocean liners and cruise ships, most of them during the cruise season, between May and October. In 2016, 133,000 cruise passengers disembarked at the port, mostly for a few hours, and spent 4.2 million pounds on purchases and various services. Undoubtedly, this activity is a very important sector of the economy of this small Channel Island, situated west of the French Normandy coast.

In 2017, without any scheduled international travels and commitments and taking advantage of the long period of inactivity between the two London Stampex events, the Guernsey Post philatelic service decided to move its GG01 kiosk to the island and temporarily install it at the Smith Street post office, in the historic centre of Saint Peter Port.

The GG01 philatelic kiosk was placed next to the post office entrance on April 21st 2017, and remained there until August 31st.

During this period, the machine issued stamps with the 'Guernsey flag' definitive design and the post office's name ' Smith Street ' from one of the printers and the beautiful 'Guernsey Bailiwick Lighthouses' thematic series from the other.
The 'Guernsey flag' design could also be obtained with the B002 code.

In collaboration with the Guernsey Tourist Board, in order to promote tourism and attract the interest of cruise passengers, the philatelic service decided to take advantage of the marketing potential of the kiosk and include the name of the visiting ships on stamps issued with the lighthouse series. These 'cruise' specific stamps are printed only during the day the ship calls at Saint Peter Port.
In less than four months, the island received about 50 cruise ship visits, although some of these visited the island on several occasions during this period e.g. like The Caribbean Princess, that anchored up to nine occasions in front of the town of Saint Peter Port. Not counting these successive visits (with the same printing on the stamps), Guernsey Post produced about 30 different texts/underprints, in total (list in preparation).

The exceptional and novel features of these issues caused all sorts of reactions from collectors. Though initially aimed at cruise ship visitors, Guernsey Post had not planned to offer all these special issues to collectors as a standing order. However, as expected, very few cruise ship passengers approached the post office to acquire the stamps and not unsurprisingly several collectors contacted the philatelic service requesting all the different texts/underprints. At the other extreme, some collectors, disappointed with the quantity and nature of these issues, decided to completely abandon the 'Post & Go' collection of this administration.

With regard to the ship names printed on the stamps, we could establish three main different varieties (images below); (1) Stamps with just the ship's name, (2) with the ship's name preceded by the text 'Welcome to:' added when the name was very short and (3) with two ship's names, on the days that two cruises visited the island.
All the texts were available for one day only ... or sometimes for just a few hours, on Saturday visits, when the Smith Street post office is only open in the morning for three and a half hours.

Ship's name 'Welcome to:' + ship's name Two ship's names

The receipts of the 'Guernsey Bailiwick Lighthouses' series do not include the ship's name or names.
The images correspond to receipts of two six-values sets ​​or 'Collectors Strips', depicted in the upper images issued on the first day and after the change of postal rates of May 2nd 2017 showing the difference in the final price.

(to be continued ...)

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