And yet again, history is repeated ...
On June 21st 2006, Chunghwa Post issued 2 souvenir-sheets dedicated to the well-known cartoon character, Winnie the Pooh, to stimulate an interest in philately by youngsters.
At same time the philatelic service published other multiple items more or less related to the issue, - a great piece of commercial thinking.
Up to this point, there are no great philatelic surprises - except that they decided to promote the Winnie the Pooh issue with the release of a new ATM !
Initially it was expected that this paper variety would be available only in the temporary post office installed on the occasion of the Winnie the Pooh issue, but to ward off complaints from collectors – an unfortunate decision when one considers the events surrounding the ATM issues, they finally decided to overprint 45 rolls (90000 labels) and to distribute them on June 21st among some post offices fitted with Nagler or VarioSyST vending machines, all of them issuing the ATMs with the face value printed in black.
In the Zonghli post office, where the Winnie the Pooh issue was sold on the first day, they installed 2 VarioSyst 503a vending machines, numbers 057 and 058, which issued the ATMs in black.
In short, another case of contempt for collectors that, of course, only benefits the Chunghwa Post profit, and indirectly, the profit for local dealers and collectors selling this avalanche of supposed rarities and varieties to ATM collectors all around the world.
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This page was created in July 2006 and last updated: 21.09.06 . English edition rewritten by S. Goodman (21.09.2006)