These are GPO, and much rarer. About 2500 of this type (2/-) machines produced only for outside of main post offices, and in the UK only. Mainly to reduce queuing inside the post office buildings where exceptionally busy.Approximately 2500 of the the individual stamp booket vending machines existed. And were manufactured by BMR, licensed to do this by the GPO. BMR also manufactured Railway equipment (later BDR Brecknell Dolman & Rogers, with Harry Dolman also the manager of Bristol FC). They were originally designed to accept 2/- pieces from 1957'Type F'. Upon decimalisation of the UK currency, they were able to accept 10p peices as they were the same dimensions, named'Type F1' from 1971. An aluminium plaque was placed on the front to display this. 2300 of these same machines were then modified (mainly the coin mechanism) to accept 50p peices named'type F2' from 1977.
After this the existing type F2's, were either superceeded by more modern electronic machines, damaged, or, for the few that finally survived taken out of service in 1994. The fronts with the original 2/- indents are a heavy brass/copper. The nuts, bolts and ball bearings are all old imperial type (pre-metric). Many of these were stripped and scrapped for their metal value.They have both been fully stripped of rust and old paint, acid etched, and resprayed. The worn and rusted springs and ball bearings on the mechanism have been replaced with new.
The perished rubber seals on the front opening flap has been replaced with petrol resistant silicone, exactly the same colour and density. When loaded with stamps, the lever in the stamp shute is pushed aside.This automatically removes the'not in use' sign on the front, and also uncovers the coin acceptance slot. This is a spring action and can be seen working in the video of this machine. Videos of this machine working can be found on youtube by typing'stamp vending machine'. For a good detailed printable history of these machines. For an excellent display of stamp machine cases and info at the SVM museum.
50 x 50p's are from 1973, the first 50p coins introduced. And feature the'hands' motive on the back.Two removable tin collection boxes, based with cork to collect the coins. 50 x 50p stamp booklets are as new and unused, complete with untorn stamps inside. Various themes and designs were produced, including vintage cars, follies, landmarks, maps, wildlife etc. The 50p Stamp Vending Machines (each). Height - 31.5cm, 12.5.
Depth - 19cm, 7.5. Bead blasted to bare clean metal inside and out. Rust proofed, and sprayed the original red paint. Manufactured by Carron Company in 1951.
These are the earliest of this type of case produced. Later replaced by AIF (Allied Iron Foundries). All Brass fittings acid dipped bright cleaned, and laquered. Tapered with thin silicone strips to avoid scraping the machines when installing/removing.
Height - 65cm, 25.5. Depth Max (including Brass & glass panes) - 28.5cm, 11 1/4. Depth Min - 22cm, 9.Width - 36.5cm, 14.5. The Chubb 5-lever brass lock is reversed from the more common types. Only manufactured for this type of box. And carries the CHUBB stamp and the date 1964. Comes with 4 keys and an original brass'Police Reward for return of keys' keyring. The black cast iron stand.
Mounted with coach bolts, to a teak, varnished 1 thick base, with rubber pads. Stamped LF51 (Leith Foundry) 1951. Height - 3ft, 36, 91cm. Base - 1ft, 12", 31cm x 8 1/4" 21cm. Total Height - 62, 5.2ft, 1.57m.Total Weight - 17st, 108kg. Many more detailed high res pictures of restoration at each phase available on disc or usb (approx 300). For international, please contact me first.
For further info or pictures, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for looking and good luck. The item "GPO Royal Mail 50p Stamp Booklet Vending Machine VR GR ER Post Box Shell Globe" is in sale since Tuesday, July 23, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Architectural Antiques\Garden". The seller is "blumoon43" and is located in Durham.
This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.