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The first ATM of the thermal type, which did not incorporate the lateral undulations, round central cut and the safety measures that characterize the issues from 1995.
In fact, this paper was used in the new EPELSA franking balances from April 1992, but these first stamps are not ATMs, because normally they were printed with a date for the immediate franking of postal pieces handed into post offices, so the buyer can't save them for use at a later date.
The first know ATM without date is on a cover cancelled June 5th, 1992, but possibly different post offices issued variable value stamps with or without a date over several weeks ... So it is not possible to establish a definitive date.
This paper was used by the Epelsa ET-CB, as well as units issued by machines MOBBA and, due to their large printing and period of use, they are known with both 5 and 6 digits (which appeared on machines Epelsa ET-RL/IRIS).
For this first issue of thermal type, Correos - Spanish Post used adhesive papers manufactured by 3 different suppliers: Eduardo Albeniz, S.A. from Pamplona, OVELAR, S.A. from Arganda del Rey in Madrid and, of course, the Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre - F.N.M.T. from Madrid.
The paper designs are similar, but not identical:
OVELAR, S.A. used two types of thermal adhesive non-phosphorescent papers.
(To be continued)
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This page was created in 1999. Last updated: 15.10.04 . English edition rewritted by S. Goodman (15.10.04)