Although Seville was the first nominated city to stage the World Philatelic Exhibition in 1992, Granada was finally chosen.
The great philatelic event brought together nearly a thousand worldwide collections. It was held from April 24th to May 3rd 1992 in both the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones de Granada (Granada Congress Centre) and the IFAGRA exhibition site. There were a number of commercial and institutional stands, and 55 postal administrations also participated.
Correos y Telégrafos decided to dedicate a commemorative Klüssendorf issue to this important philatelic event.
(See the Resolution 489 of the Dirección general del Organismo Autónomo Correos y Telégrafos).
This ATM design was initially issued from April 24th 1992 by the 2 Klüssendorf Stampcenter 631 automatic vending machines (numbers 011 and 012) and the 2 Klüssendorf Stampcenter 847 stamp printers (numbers 1 and 11), both of which were installed in the World Philatelic Exhibition.
During the event, all these machines printed the face value on these ATMs with 3-digits. Just as in the previous EXPO 92 issue, (and with some stock remaining after the exhibition), this design could be obtained, for some years after, from some of the Klüssendorf distributors installed in many of the provincial capitals, and later, from the IBM postal kiosks, or by placing a philatelic order with the Madrid Philatelic Service.
Depending on the machine used and the configuration of the StampCenter 847, the face value of the ATMs was printed with either 3 or 4 digits. In all cases the impression was mechanical, using black ink.
Some rolls of ATMs have on their backs a preprinted 4-digit control number on every 5th stamp, which indicated the number of blank labels remaining in the machine.
(For more information about the Klüssendorf type ATMs, errors and special printings, see study).
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This page was created in 1999 and last updated: 28.12.07 . English edition rewritten by S. Goodman (28.12.07)