SPAIN. Thermal ATM issues  2OO1 T45 (53)
Consejo Internacional de Museos. ICOM 2001. Barcelona /
International Council of Museums. ICOM 2001. Barcelona
Date of issue :
April 2001 (1st know date of use : 04.04.2001)
47 x 26 mm. - Format type 3
Paper :
Thermal phosphorescent self adhesive
Printing process : Offset 4 colours
Imprint :
Thermal on black
Values / Set :
1 to 9999 PTS / Set Phil. Service: 30-40-75 PTS
Design and printer :
RCM-FNMT. Real Casa de la Moneda - Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre
Reference / Printing :
90301 / 49.187.000 labels
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From 1 to 7 July, 2001 it was celebrated in the Fira de Barcelona Congress Palace the 19th. General Conference and 20th. General Assembly of ICOM, the International Council of Museums, with the central title: Managing change: Museums facing economic and social challenges.

The ICOM 2001 commemorative issue was requested to the Spain Program Commission in 2000 by Rafael Feria, Director of Museo Casa de la Moneda and President of ICOM-Spain, and after the initiative of his Executive Council.

The ATM design is a initial proposal of ICOM-Spain and shows the logo of the event (B from Barcelona on the "trencadis" background) and the image of the Palau Nacional in Montjuïc, Barcelona.

Capital construction of the International Exhibition 1929, from 1934 held the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC (Catalunya National Art Museum), home to ICOM 2001 offices.

Paper and design varieties, errors ...

From this model exists a rare manufacture error. The design in some coils was located in the lower part of the adhesive paper. 
Surprisingly some coils with this important error were really used in some post offices to issue ATM stamps.
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Also rare is this other paper printing error, a curious variety. All the surface label is covered with a background of small blue points.
The number of rolls or labels with this error is totally unknown, but we can suppose that the error was discovered very soon and there exists only a very few ATMs with this error.

Like the most part of papers, there exists important variations of the tonality because the printing procedures, some more evident than others.
Of course, these are not design varieties.

Maximum cards

We show here some examples of Cards with the ATM issue ICOM 2001.

ICOM 2001 Barcelona. Consejo Internacional de Museos Palau Nacional de Montjuïc, Barcelona

As for the other ATM issues in Spain, there is no First Day Covers- FDCs, or commemorative cancellations.

The International Council of Museums - ICOM is a non governmental and multinational organization without aims of profit, founded on 1946, which is dedicated to promote the museums development and the museum profession, in all its disciplines at world-wide level. 
The ICOM counts at the moment with more than 13.000 members in 148 nations and is associate to UNESCO. The Secretary and the Information Centre have their seat in Paris, from where they co-ordinate the world wide activities and programs.
The objectives of the ICOM are to respond to the problems and requirements of the Museums professionals. The activities of the ICOM are focused to the reinforcing of the regional co-operation works, the fight against the illicit traffic of cultural items, the diffusion of the Professional Ethic Code and professional formation and interchanges.
In 1951 UNESCO and the ICOM promoted the called "Museums crusade", informative campaign in order to create conscience of the excellent paper of the museums in the society. Years later, in 1977, it was established the 18 of May as a Museums International Day.

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