SPAIN. Thermal ATM issues  2OO2 T74 (82)
Postal Architecture. Madrid
Date of issue :
November 2002 (1st. known date : 28.11.02, Phil. S.)
47 x 26 mm. - Format type 3
Paper :
Thermal self adhesive - multicoloured 
Imprint :
Thermal on black
Imprint varieties : 2+2 (Epelsa with 5 and 4 digits small and large)
Values / Set :
0,01 € to 99,99 € / Set Phil.S.: 0,20-0,25-0,50 €
Design and Printer :
RCM-FNMT. Real Casa de la Moneda - Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre
Printing (not official) :
50.000.000 of labels
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The set with 8 ATM issues that during 2002 has been dedicated to show some examples of singular post office buildings in Spain culminates with this issue that reproduces a façade detail of the Palacio de Comunicaciones (Palace of Communications or Main Post office) in Madrid.
The monumental Palace of Communications is located in the popular Cibeles Square

Designed by the architect Antonio Palacios, the building was build between 1904 and 1918. The architectonic style is eclectic, mixes of different architectonic tendencies and composition styles from Europe and North America, characteristic of the first years of 20th century. The building pretends to be enormous, without being it in fact; this monumental character comes from its ascending volumetric composition from the three plants corners until the central clock tower, authentic "urban light", that duplicates its height here.
The main facade to the Cibeles has a smooth concave form related to the ellipsoidal form of the Public square. 

In the building there is a Postal and Telegraphs Museum.

From the stamp sheet edition "150 Aniversario del primer sello español - 2000"

The postal architecture in Spanish philately
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