Estonias first stamp vending machine is set to launch on September 1st in the Ülemiste shopping centre. The vending machine will offer stamps in 4 different designs and price categories.
Kärt Kõiva, project manager of new business solutions at Estonian Post, says the stamp vending machine will be first of its kind in the region. „Throughout the year the machine will offer 4 different stamps which depict different beautiful locations in Estonia. During winter holidays a special Christmas or winter-themed stamp will also be available,“ said Kõiva.
Vending machine will offer stamps in 4 price categories – 0,90€ for standard domestic letter, 1,75€ for domestic maxi letter (up to 250g), 1,90€ for international standard letter or 4,85€ for international maxi letter (up to 250g).
The first stamp depicts Old Town of Tallinn – a well known UNESCO World Heritage Site. The second, in contrast, shows Tallinn’s downtown with modern high-rise buildings. Two other designs carry photos from Estonia’s second biggest island, Hiiumaa. First one titled “Summer eve in Hiiumaa” focuses on Kukka windmill and the latter a sunset near Tahkuna lighthouse. Photos on the stamps were taken by photographs Kaupo Kalda and Krister Rajandu.
Along with the stamp series a First Day Cover with the according design will be available for pre-ordering in Omniva online store from August 18. The FDC is priced 4,45€ and comes with a special “Külasta Eestit” (Visit Estonia in Estonian) stamp. All the pre-ordered products will be shipped from September 1st.
All stamps sold from the Ülemiste stamp vending machine will carry a unique serial number beginning with EE01 and stamps from online store will begin with EE04.
Stamp vending machine offers a fast and convenient solution to acquire stamps without the need to visit post office or other service point. Self-service based vending machine can be operated in different languages and is therefore extremely convenient also for tourists who are travelling from nearby Tallinn Lennart Meri Airport.