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STAMPS WILL BE ISSUED THROUGH TELLER MACHINES

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The U.S. Postal Service said it will use Seattle as a market to test the feasibility of selling specially designed stamps through automated teller machines.

The six-month test run beginning Friday will use automated teller machines, or ATMs, run by Seattle First National Bank that will issue booklets containing 12 "peel and stick" 25-cent stamps.The stamps will be available at 22 ATMs to Seafirst customers or anyone carrying an "ACCEL" cash machine card. They will be issued just like cash and the $3 price will be deducted from one of the customer's accounts.

The stamps, designed for the Postal Service by Avery International Corp. of Pasadena, Calif., will be made of polyester film less than .005 of an inch thick with a coat of varnish on one side and a pressure sensitive adhesive backing on the other. The adhesive will allow the stamps to be repositioned.

The stamps also were designed with a water soluble layer allowing them to be soaked off envelopes so the envelopes can be recycled.

"If the ATM test proves successful and there is a demand for the stamp from consumers and the banking industry, the Postal Service will be in a position to create a commercial market that did not previously exist for a recyclable pressure-sensitive adhesive," Frank said.