Personalised Stamps – New FIP Rules : A Contradiction
The new FIP SREV 3.1 was revised recently to include: “The postage stamp can be personalized on request from a client (individual, association, company,…), provided that it is available to the general public.”
Since when is any personalised stamp available to the general public? Further, in maximaphily workshops conducted in recent times by the Maximaphily Commission, it has been stated that, for example, an acceptable example of a personalized stamp is Mon Timbreamoi (by the French post office). On contacting them, they advise of the seemingly obvious – they are not generally available to the public! They are private only to the person ordering. Indeed the French marketing of the product even says: “booklet of 4 pages containing your 10 stamps”.
The general public can “create” the design of the stamp, but the end result is indeed private and not available to the general public. So what is the purpose of including any personalised stamps at all? Why were the Rules changed to create more ambiguity?