It has been confirmed that all postmarks (handstamps, hammer devices, rollers, old machines, "new" spray device machines) in BZ ("Briefzentrum", central handling, sorting ec. and postmarking facility) will be uniformly switch from traditional black postmark colour to blue by February 4.
It is not yet confirmed that all the counter service
handstamp pads in actual p.o. or shop agencies will be changed as well by Feb. 4. But seems logical.
, franked by adhesives, whether current stamps or new matrix ones, will be continued to be postmarked as before. As a service to the customers.
As to be expected, a bunch of determined digitally-minded readers (4000 whatscr*p messages to handle daily) will say - why?
With the shiny new matrix stamps, postmarks will become to-tal-ly obsolete! Why keeping Dinosaur outdated thingy?
There are still some (very few, 0.03%?) postal customers which do no fiddle around with hectic scanning any QR-code around (e.g. in supermarkets...) to establish a date of sending of mails.
But just want to continue using their eyes.
Why blue? Blue colour can be filtered out by scanning machines, while black colour makes the matrix code unreadable. Several kinds of blue postmark colours been tested by DP selected p.o. since past November.
Matrix stamps mixed info
The matrix code on commemorative stamps issued from Feb. 4 has nothing
to with the registration service.
Sooner or later the validity of matrix codes on stamps will be restricted to may be 1-2 years, it is presumed.
Reason: the number of available matrix code# is not endless. Still there is no definite information to the public. May be they can be exchanged for more current ones after end of validity?
Nothing has been heard up to now of a new definitive series (or just revised design including matrix).
The background of introduction of matrix stamps is the large amount of forgeries of mint stamp imitations in high quality. Including full coil boxes of 500 or 1000 sold at ebay.de. Made in PR of China on high quality.
There are now many philatelic cassandras all claiming that any non-matrix postage stamps will become invalid apprx. next tuesday at 0:00. And they where the early bird genius to trumpet that out first!
They dont trust a word of the Ministry of Finance (which issues the stamps) or DP, which stated nothing is planned like this. Of course this is a conspiracy and totally unlogic and they now soo much better and can not be cheated by tricks ec. ad nauseam.
The same genius cassandras are also whining that this is
- end of postmarks;
- end of stamps;
- end of philately;
- SOS, sell what You can *now* and escape from the sinking ship of philately (and join the happy QR-code/barcode scanners crowd in supermarkets?).