A Cover sent from Hong Kong to India and containing an 80c stamp on 1992 Olympics. This stamp contains British Royal Cypher as Hong Kong was under British rule, From 01 Jul 1997 Hong Kong stamps with British Royal Cipher were not valid for postage. Since the sender used this stamp with cypher he has been asked to refrain from using such stamps in future. An Interesting Hong Kong China Post WARNING.
Hong Kong started issuing ATM stamps as Annual series celebrating the New Year according to Chinese Lunar Calendar with pictures of 12 animals representing these years. The Fixed impressions and gummed paper were renewed every year. The rolls of paper were manufactured in Australia by Leigh- Mardon printers. The designs are by Michael Tucker and feature natural colour backgrounds related to the theme of the issue.
The First stamp was issued on 30 Dec 1986. Two such ATM stamps used on a cover from Hong Kong to India are listed below.
Design no 5 – Year Of Horse Date of issue – 21 Feb 1990.
Design no 6 – Year Of Goat Date of issue – 21 Feb 1991.
Israel issued a six value set of ATM Stamps on 06 Feb 2018. The stamps feature the Valley railway and Locomotive 265. The ATM issues known are 00001 (Philatelic Bureau), 00714 (Haifa) and 00917.
A FDC with one value ATM stamp (ATM 00001) cancelled at Haifa is listed.
Valley Railway or Jezreel Valley Railway was a historic railroad that existed in Ottoman ,British Palestine and Modern Israel.It runs along Mediterranean coast inland along the Jezreel Valley. The historic line was part of Haifa -Dera’a Line which itself was a branch of Hejaz Railway.
The historic Haifa -Dera’a narrow gauge Line was inaugurated on 15 Oct 1905 and connected the Port of Haifa with the main part of Hejaz Railway the Damascus -Medina line and the services operated till 1948.
Despite several renewal attempts it did not start till construction began on a new line in 2011.The Passenger services on the new standard gauge line from Haifa to Beit She’an along the same route as Valley line commenced on 16 Oct 2016.