International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Germany, Part 3

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Germany, Part 3Edit

  • Part 3 covers special use stamps, Post Office, Parcel Post, PC/internet, Public self-service, Official, and Saar before incorporation into Germany. See Parts 1 and 2 for commercial, general-use meter stamp types.
  • The stamps are grouped according to design and function:
PC – Internet/PC stamps
PO – Post Office stamps
PP – Special stamps for Parcel Post
PV – Public self-service automat meter stamps
OO – Special stamps for Official Mail
SR – Stamps used in the SAAR before incorporation into Germany


NOTE: For specialized information about the meter stamps of Germany, see Die deutschen Post- und Absenderfreistempel, by Heiner Dürst and Gerd Eich, 1996, published by the German meter stamp collectors society, Forschungsgemeinschaft Post- und Absenderfreistempel e.V.



GROUP PC: Stamps produced by Internet/PC systemsEdit

Sub-group PC-A: Stamps from stand-alone computer systems, mostly mainframesEdit



Germany stamp type PC-A1.jpg

PC-A1. 1965 (digital). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Value unknown]

Simple frameless line showing the postage value and date (MM.YY).
The only example known of this stamp was lost, and today it is known only by photocopies.
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgV/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00PF



Germany stamp type PC-A2.jpg
Germany stamp type PC-A2a.jpg

PC-A2. 1966 (digital).

Experimental stamp.
Pre-printed frank frame 23 x 24 mm with “DEUTSCHE BUNDESPOST” at top, post horn at bottom.
Date and value figures preceded by tiny post horn added digitally through a ribbon.
Frame and TM in red or orange with date and value figures in blue or black.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000
a. Used on parcel post forwarding cards without frank frame, showing only town mark and date/postage line.

MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgNOTE: This stamp was in use by three companies for about four years. Few examples exist.




Germany stamp type PC-A3.jpg
Germany stamp type PC-A3a.jpg

PC-A3. 1970 (digital).

Pre-printed rectangular frank frame approximately 50 x 25 mm with three horizontal panels.
Date and value figures preceded by tiny post horn added digitally through a ribbon.
Frame and TM in red or orange with date and value figures in black.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0 00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg–.00
a. Town name also added digitally
b. Without post horn next to value figures
c. Bottom panel reads “Deutsche Bundespost Berlin”
d. Bottom panel reads “Deutsche Post”
e. With modern post horn (See Type PC-A4 below.)

NOTES:

  • The date can be D/M or M/Y as well as D/M/Y.
  • Data such as weight, class of mail, etc. often appears outside the frank frame.
  • Varieties abound.




Germany stamp type PC-A4.jpg
Germany stamp type PC-A4A.jpg


PC-A4. (Digital).

Pre-printed rectangular frank frame approximately 52 x 25 mm with three horizontal panels printed in red, orange, black and occasionally other colors.
Center panel contains “Freimachung (EDV) im Fenster” (postage amount shown in window).
Date, post horn and value figures are printed digitally on the enclosure above the address which is folded so that they show through the envelope’s window.
A. Date/value line on the enclosure is framed (shown at right)
B. Date/value line on the enclosure unframed (not shown)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0 00 A
a. Without post horn next to value figures
b. “Freimachen” instead of “Freimachung”
c. Bottom panel contains “DeutschePost AG” instead of “DEUTSCHE BUNDESPOST”

NOTES:

  • The date can be D/M, D alone, M/Y as well as D/M/Y.
  • Varieties abound.




Germany stamp type PC-A5.jpg

PC-A5. (Digital).

As Type PC-A4 but “Freimachung (EDV) im Fenster” appears in a simple frame without panels.
Printed in black.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0 00
a. Without post horn next to value figures




Germany stamp type PC-A6.jpg


PC-A6. (Digital).

Pre-printed orange rectangle approximately 94 x 11 mm with point-of-sale data added in black.
Point-of-sale data includes class of mail, month, weight, post horn and value figures.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpg0,00





Germany stamp type PC-A7A.jpg
Germany stamp type PC-A7B.jpg


PC-A7. (Digital).

Printed on self-adhesive labels of variable sizes.
Pre-printed rectangle of variable size but usually about 50 to 60 x 25 mm divided into three horizontal panels.
Date and value figures in center panel.
Frame usually found in red, orange or black with date/postage line added in black or orange.
A. Date and value line on the enclosure is text only
B. Date and value line on the enclosure includes the postal logo and a 2D barcode
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,00
a. Without post horn next to value figures
NOTES:
  • The date can be D/M or M/Y as well as D/M/Y.
  • Data such as weight, class of mail, etc. can appear in the center panel, sometimes displacing the date, and/or outside the frank frame.
  • Varieties abound.






Germany stamp type PC-A8.jpg
Germany stamp type PC-A8A.jpg

PC-A8. (Digital).

As Type PC-A4 but with Port payé” above “Freimachung (EDV [or] DV) im Fenster”.
The frame printed on the envelope is variable in size and color. (shown at left)
The postage line that is printed on the enclosure and appears through the window is unframed. (shown at right)
A. Date and value line on the enclosure is text only with return address above
Germany stamp type PC-A8B.jpg
B. Date and value line on the enclosure includes the postal logo and a 2D barcode
C. As B but without "Deutsche Post"
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,00EUR (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,00 (B and C)
a. Return address is underlined (shown on illustration of A)




Germany stamp type PC-A8C.jpg





Germany stamp type PC-A9A.jpg
Germany stamp type PC-A9B.jpg
Germany stamp type PC-A9C.jpg



PC-A9. (Digital), 2012.

Format similar to Type PC-A3 but the entire frank is printed digitally.
Town line in top panel, date and value figures in center panel, and Deutsche Post and post horn in bottom panel.
Below and outside the bottom frame line are the billing code and origin post code.
Outside the frame line at left is a 5-digit customer identification number.
A. "Deutsche Poste" with modern post horn in bottom panel
B. "Deutsche Poste AG" with older style post horn in bottom panel
C. Bottom panel as with A. V/F without "EUR", no customer number at left. The billing/origin code is moved to above the address. (shown at right)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,00 EUR MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,00












Sub-group PC-B: Stamps from small or home PC internet systemsEdit



Germany stamp type PC-B1A.jpg
Germany stamp type PC-B1B.jpg



PC-B1. Stampit, trial version, and release 1.0 (digital), May 2001.

Square 2D barcode at left.
Text in two lines:
“Deutsche Post”, large post horn, and value in euros across top
“STAMPIT”, identification number, and date across bottom
The recipient's address is printed below the frank.
Printed in black
A. Recipient's address in multiple lines below the frank (blurred in the illustrations)
B. Recipient's address in single line in small letters below the frank (for use on pre-addressed mail)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,00






Germany stamp type PC-B2A.jpg
Germany stamp type PC-B2bb.jpg
Germany stamp type PC-B2B.jpg

PC-B2. Stampit, release 2.0 (digital), May 2004.

Stamp redesigned to allow more space below the frank for the address.
Square 2D barcode at right.
Text in one line: "Deutsche Post", post horn, "PC", "STAMPIT" above ID number, value figures above date.
The recipient's address is printed below the frank (blurred in the illustrations).
The mailer's address can be printed optionally above the frank (shown below left and at right, partially blurred).
Printed in black.
A. Recipient's address in multiple lines below the frank (blurred in the illustrations)
B. Recipient's address in single line in small letters below the frank (for use on pre-addressed mail)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,00
a. With “HAUPT” added to indicate the ‘home’ version
b. Used for Registered mail, with large “R” and bar code below the inscriptions
c. With "Deutsche Post" and post horn missing due to software error



NOTES:

* The system allows users to include a graphic image (company logo, etc.) in color above the first address line.
* The Stampit system was ended by German postal authorities on 30 September 2011. Existing Stampit accounts were transferred to the "Internetmarke" online postage system. (See the NOTE in green at the bottom of the page.)






Germany stamp type PC-B3.jpg






PC-B3. Stampit, release 3.1 (digital), 2007.

Special PC stamp for parcel post.
The stamp is a large address label (148 x 105 mm) with "PAKETMARKE" (parcel stamp) above "Produced by STAMPIT" at top left.
"DHL Express" logo at top right.
Square 2D barcode at upper center with mailer's address at left and large linear barcode (parcel number) at right.
Addressee at bottom center with linear barcodes at both left (destination parcel center) and right (vertical, mail identification number).
Printed in black.
Value figure at near center as "weight = 0,00 EUR"

NOTE: See the second note below Type PC-B2.










Germany stamp type PC-B4.jpg

PC-B4. Handy Porto (digital), 2010.

The system allows users to buy postage by cell phone.
The user sends an SMS message with "Brief" (letter) or "Karte" (post card) to phone nuber 22122.
The immediate reply contains a 12-digit code in three lines which the user writes at the top right corner of his envelope or card which is then deposited in a street mailbox.
During postal processing a label is generated and applied that both confirms the validity of the handwritten code and prevents re-use.
"Deutsche Post" and post horn at top above "HANDYPORTO"
Identification code at left, 2D barcode at right.
Web address at bottom.
Without value figures








NOTE: Shown below are stamps from Deutsche Post's "Internetmarke" online postage system, introduced in June 2008.

The system offers customers the option of including an image from about 200 pre-selected photo-illustrations.

Although the stamps show the month of purchase they are valid indefinitely and thus are more like traditional stamps rather than meter stamps.




Germany internetmarke stamp C.jpg
Germany Internetmarke stamp B.jpg









GROUP PO: Stamps from equipment used in Post OfficesEdit


Germany stamp type PO1B.jpg
Germany stamp type PO1 receipt.jpg


PO1. Francotyp (MV), 1957. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$35]

Stamp label used only for registered mail. Small upright Group N style frank abutting framed registration information at left.
Straight-line town name at bottom of registration area.
One machine was used on a trial basis for short periods in two post offices.
The machine was finally rejected because it was prone to problems.
A. “Frankfurt (Main) 1”, first used in 1957
B. “Düsseldorf 1”, first used in 1959
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg000

NOTE: The stamps were ejected attached at the top of a receipt (shown at right).







Germany stamp type PO3.jpg



PO2, EPOS2 (digital), 1999.

Short-lived experimental system used to frank registered mail at various post offices in Southern Germany.
Self-adhesive label.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpg0,00 DM








Germany stamp type PO4.jpg
Germany stamp type PO4R.jpg
Germany stamp type PO4X.jpg


PO3. 2005, (digital).

Similar to Group S stamp with square 2D barcode at left.
The stamps are wider with the date right of the post horn and “FILIALE” (branch) and identification number below "Deutsche Post".
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,00
a. With barcode and special service indicator in lower half (registration and international express shown)

















GROUP PP: Special stamps used to frank Parcel Post forwarding cardsEdit

Sub-group PP-A: Straight-line franksEdit


  • This number shape chart can help with identification.
Germany stamp group PP-A fonts.jpg


Germany stamp type PP-A01.jpg

PP-A1. Anker (MV), 1921. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Frank elements from left to right: colorless embossed Imperial eagle, PO name, day and month, control number, value figures.
The colorless embossed eagle is positioned with head at top.
Frank about 75 mm wide excluding the embossed eagle.
Printed in red to red-violet.
Date month in letters as JAN, MRZ, DEZ, etc.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg0.00
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $25] MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg (can be confused with underinked MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg0.00 with decimal too light to see)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg00000MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $100]




Germany stamp type PP-A2x.jpg
Germany stamp type PP-A2B.jpg
Germany stamp type PP-A2D.jpg


PP-A2. Anker (MV), 1924. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Frank elements from left to right: date, control number, PO name (often in two lines), value figures, colorless embossing.
The date figures are 4 to 5 mm in height, taller than the control number figures at 3 mm.
Excluding the colorless embossing the frank is 56 to 62 mm wide.
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgPrinted in red to red-violet.
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgColorless embossing:
A. Horizontal Imperial eagle MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $5]
B. Vertical Imperial eagle (head at right)
C. Horizontal Nazi eagle above small swastika MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $5]
D. Vertical Nazi eagle above small swastika
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg0.00
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg00.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$30]
a. Date month in numbers as '18 10- 44' (BERLIN S42 only) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $10]
b. Printed in blue-violet MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $5]



NOTES:

  • Starting in 1926 the machine printed a receipt line 11-11.5 mm above the frank line. The receipt line contains just the post office name and date and prints in blue violet. It was intended to appear on the receipt tab but on larger format parcel post cards both lines appear on the main card. See below right (for Type PP-A3).
  • The embossed design can be quite light, occasionally undetectable.




PP-A3. Anker (MV), 1942. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Germany stamp type PP-A2.jpg
Germany stamp type PP-A3 card.jpg
Germany stamp type PP-A3F.jpg
Germany stamp type PP-A3a.jpg

















As Type PP-A2 but the date and control number figures are the same height, 3 mm.
The frank excluding the embossing is generally wider than for Type PP-A2, 62 to 69 mm.
Normally printed in red to red-violet.
Colorless embossing:
A. Horizontal Imperial eagle MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $5]
B. Vertical Imperial eagle
C. Horizontal Nazi eagle above small swastika MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $5]
D. Vertical Nazi eagle above small swastika
E. Nazi eagle with swastika removed (1945 only) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Rare, value unknown]
F. Post horn (1945 only) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Rare, value unknown]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg0.00
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg00.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$30]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg 0 000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Extremely rare, value unknown]
a. Printed in blue-violet MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $5]

NOTE: Types PP-A2 and PP-A3 dating either from before World War Two or in 1945 are much scarcer than those from 1942 to 1944.





Germany stamp type PP-A3.jpg


PP-A4. National Cash Register (MV), 1952. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Frank elements from left to right: date, post office name in one or two lines, value figures.
The frank is doubled with one impression about 25 mm above the other.
Without embossing.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg –0.00
a. Upper impression with "MeterCat straight triad.jpg" or "=" right of the value figures (shown)





Germany stamp type PP-A41.jpg


PP-A4.1. National Cash Register (MV), 1952. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Value unknown]

As Type PP-A4 but with the town name between the two date/postage lines.
An impression counter (serial) number is between the date and value figures.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg —00.00






Germany stamp type PP-A5 actual.jpg


PP-A5. National Cash Register (MV), 1952. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Value unknown]

As Type PP-A4 but the date is above the post office name.
No impression counter number.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg —0.00




Germany stamp type PP-A5.jpg




PP-A6. Anker (MV), 1952. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Wide frank with elements from left to right: post office name, date, impression counter number, value figures.
The frank is doubled with one impression about 40 mm above the other.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg0.00







Germany stamp type PP-A7A.jpg
Germany stamp type PP-A7B.jpg


PP-A7. Secura (MV), 1971. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Extremely rare, value unknown]
Only two prints are known from Secura parcel post franking machines, both used in East Germany.
A. Frank line with V/F and date: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgB 002.50 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg– 9 XII 71 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(This may be incomplete)
B. Frank line with date, serial number, and value figures: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg11 V MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1846 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg (?)00,60
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(?)00,00








Sub-group PP-B: Frank resembles Group B stampsEdit

* Often with double town mark which was used on domestic mailings only. The leftmost town mark was toggled off for foreign destination parcels. >



Germany stamp type PP-B1.jpg


PP-B1. Francotyp "C" (MV), 1929.

As Type B3 but with two single-circle town marks.
With impression counter number high between right town mark and frank.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$75]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$150]




NOTES

  • Nine machines of this type were fielded. Just two survived for use after World War Two. (See Type PP-D1.)
  • Catalog values are for examples showing both or parts of both town marks. Examples showing only one town mark are worth considerably less.







Sub-group PP-C: Octagonal frankEdit

* Often with double town mark which was used on domestic mailings only. The leftmost town mark was toggled off for foreign destination parcels.



Germany stamp type PP-C1.jpg


PP-C1. Francotyp "C" (MV), October 1936. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]

Octagonal frank with two town marks.
Without impression counter number.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid circle.jpg000 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 (G)
a. Date only in place of right town mark. Left town mark normal double circle.



NOTES:

  • These stamps were produced by Francotyp "C" machines with non-standard 64-66 mm distance between the centers of the right date figures and the value figures.
  • Nine machines of this type were fielded. Those that survived World War Two were used to produce Type PP-D2 stamps.
  • The catalog value is for examples showing both or parts of both town marks. Examples showing only one town mark are worth considerably less.





Sub-group PP-D: Frank resembles Group L stampsEdit

* Often with double town mark or double date which was used on domestic mailings only. The leftmost town mark or date was toggled off for foreign destination parcels.



Germany stamp type PP-D1.jpg


PP-D1. Francotyp “C” (MV), 1948. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$125]

Frank as Type L4, but with two single-circle town marks.
With impression counter number high between right town mark and frank.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (A)





NOTES:

  • These stamps were produced by the two machines that survived World War Two that originally produced Type PP-B1 stamps.
  • The catalog value is for examples showing both or parts of both town marks. Examples showing only one town mark are worth considerably less.



Germany stamp type PP-D2.jpg



PP-D2. Francotyp “C” (MV), 1949. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$125]

As Type PP-D1, but with two double-circle town marks and with narrower spacing between right town mark and the frank.
With impression counter number high between right town mark and frank.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid circle.jpg000 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 (G)




NOTES:

  • These stamps were produced by machines surviving World War Two that originally produced Type PP-C1 stamps.
  • The catalog value is for examples showing both or parts of both town marks. Examples showing only one town mark are worth considerably less.





Germany stamp type PP-D3.jpg



PP-D3. Francotyp "Cc" (MV), 1951. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$125]

Frank with double-circle town mark at far left and with additional boxed date between it and the frank.
The town name is present below the frank as well as in the circular town mark.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 (G,O)






Germany stamp type PP-D31.jpg



PP-D3.1. Francotyp "Cc P" (MV), 1953. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Quite rare, value unknown]

At far left town name above the value figures and date, repeated, in a row.
Frank with double-circle town mark at far left and with additional boxed date between it and the frank.
The town name is present below the frank as well as at left.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000 (O)



Image needed.jpg



PP-D4. Francotyp "Ccm" (MV).

Town name below the frank.
Date at left, high.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000



Germany stamp type PP-D5.jpg



PP-D5. Francotyp "A9000" (MV).

Town name below the frank.
Date about 3 cm below the post office name.
Value figures are narrow.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg0000











Sub-group PP-E Frank resembles Group N stampsEdit

* The double town mark or double date was used on domestic mailings only. The leftmost town mark or date was toggled off for foreign destination parcels.



Germany stamp type PP-E01.jpg



PP-E1. Francotyp “C” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$150]

Two double-circle town marks at left.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (G) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg0000 (G,O)





Germany stamp type PP-E2 corrected.jpg



PP-E2. Francotyp “Cc” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$75]

Date in box, left of double-circle town mark.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 (G,O)








Germany stamp type PP-E2.jpg



PP-E3. Francotyp "Cc P/Ccn P" (MV), 1952. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

At far left are the town name above the value figures and date, repeated, in a row.
An additional town name is below the frank.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg000 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 (O)
a. The inner date is closer to the right than to the left.
b. Used without frank frame




NOTE: Examples of this stamp as b (without frank frame) but with zero-cent value figures were used, apparently, for inventory purposes at a post office in Hamburg.





Germany stamp type PP-E4.jpg



PP-E4. Francotyp "Ccm” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

As type PP-E3 but without the value figures and other data at far left.
The town line is below the frank, and the date is high at left.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg000
a. Printed in black instead of red. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]





Germany stamp type PP-E3.jpg




PP-E5. Francotyp “A9000” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$40]

Both town line and date are below the frank with the date about 3 cm below.
Value figures are narrow.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg0000









Germany stamp type PP-E5.jpg



PP-E6. Francotyp "Cc P" (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$30]

As Type PP-E3 but with “BERLIN” added below “BUNDESPOST”.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000






Germany stamp type PP-E7.jpg



PP-E7. Francotyp "Ccm" (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$30]

As Type PP-E4 but with “BERLIN” added below “BUNDESPOST”.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg000






Germany stamp type PP-E8 A9000.jpg



PP-E8. Francotyp “A9000” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Value unknown]

As Type PP-E5 but with "BERLIN" added below "BUNDESPOST".
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg0000








Germany stamp type PP-E8.jpg




PP-E9. Francotyp “C” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Value unknown]

As Type PP-E2 but with “SAARLAND” added below “BUNDESPOST”.
This stamp is known by proof only and may not have been used.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 (O) F








Sub-group PP-F: Frank resembles Group P stampsEdit

* Often with double town mark or double date which was used on domestic mailings only. The leftmost town mark or date was toggled off for foreign destination parcels.



Germany stamp type PP-F1.jpg



PP-F1. Francotyp “Ccm” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

At far left are the unframed value figures left of the town line and date.
The date is duplicated at lear leftr.
The town line is repeated below the frank.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000






Germany stamp type PP-F2.jpg



PP-F2. Francotyp “Ccm” (MV).

As Type PP-F1 but without the data at far left.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000







Germany stamp type PP-F3.jpg




PP-F3. Francotyp “C/Ccm” (MV).

As Type PP-F1 but with “BERLIN” added below “BUNDESPOST”.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000










GROUP PV: Stamps from public, self-service, variable-rate vending machinesEdit


Germany stamp type PV1.jpg

PV1. Autofranc (LV-9), 1931. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$350]

Octagon design which closely resembles bulk mail machine stamps of the period. (See NOTE below Type PV2.)
Type PV1 has single line date instead of the dual-line date/hour as found on the bulk mail machine stamps.
TM: SC with single star at bottom.
One machine used at “BERLIN W9” till 1937.
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 5 to 45 (in steps of 5)



Germany stamp type PV2.jpg

PV2. Autofranc (FV-1), 1933.

Very similar to Type PV1.
One machine used in multiple locations with two different town marks.
A. “BERLIN-CHARLOTTENBURG 5. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$500]
B. “BERLIN-WANNSEE 3” MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Only two examples known, value unknown]
Value: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6



Germany stamp type PV2 NOTE.jpg



NOTE: Common bulk mail machine stamps of the period are easily misidentified as the very rare Types PV1 and PV2. They can be distinguished most easily by the town mark which has a time range in hours below the date on the bulk mail stamps. The much rarer Types PV1 and PV2 have date only without time of day. Pictured at right is a typical bulk mail stamp town mark.




Germany stamp type PV3.jpg


PV3. Autofranc (FV-1), 1938. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Extremely rare, value unknown]

This stamp is from the same machine that produced Type PV2.
One machine used in a youth hostel in Berlin during parts of 1938 and 1938.
The stamp is nearly identical to bulk mail machine stamps of the period and can be identified by
“(HAUS DER JUGEND)” at bottom of the town mark and by the date which has no hour figure.
TM: DC
Value: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 6

NOTE: See the NOTE below PV2. The same situation occurs with PV3 except the bulk mail machine stamps have the hour figure right of the date, as: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00.00 00. –00




Germany stamp type PV4.jpg

PV4. Francotyp (MV), 1954. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Upright frank with old post horn at bottom and ”DEUTSCHE POST/ BERLIN” at top.
Spacing 51 mm between centers of date and value figures.
In use for ten months only.
A. “BERLIN W15”, 24 August 1954 to 20 January 1955
B. “BERLIN NEUKOLN”, 22 February to end of June,1955
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (G)




Germany stamp type PV5A.jpg
Germany stamp type PV5B.jpg
Germany stamp type PV5Ca.jpg
Germany stamp type PV5D.jpg



PV5. ABAS automatic franking systems (digital), 1995.

From December 1995 to mid-1997 four configurations of self-service digital franking systems were tested at various locations.
The four systems were manufactured by Siemens-Nixdorf, Olivetti, Nagler. and IBM.
The stamps are very similar in appearance and can be distinguished most easily by the town name. The fonts are different for each manufacturer.
Loose stamps were not vended.
The basic stamp is a horizontal rectangle with simple outer frame line and two panels printed in black.
The smaller top panel contains a post horn and the value figures, and the bottom panel contains the town mark and “Deutsche Post AG”.
The stamps are often accompanied by a service indicator at left usually printed in red and black (registered, express) but also black alone (economy, airmail).
A. Siemens-Nixdorf (Bonn, Bremen, Bottrop, Köln, Wiesbaden, Dortmund). Frank applied thermally to a plain white label affixed to the cover. These stamps fade rapidly. Most impressions are already lost.
B. Olivetti (Braunschweig, Cottbus, Leipzig) Frank applied by inkjet directly to the cover
C. Nagler (Augsburg, Nürnberg, Pforzheim, Regensburg). Frank applied by inkjet to transparent label affixed to the cover
D. IBM (Darmstadt, Ludwigsburg, Lübeck). Frank applied by inkjet directly to the cover
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 (+ fixed starburst)
a. Service indicator at left











Germany stamp type PV6.jpg









PV6. Samkyung “Briefstation” (digital), 2005.

In August 2005 Deutsche Post began testing self-service mailing kiosks in three locations in Cologne.
The machines produced both ATM-style automat stamps and meter stamps.
The meter is a Francotyp-Postalia model and produces a stamp that closely resembles Group S stamps but has “BRIEF-/STATION” in place of “FRANKIT”.
The test ended in the Spring of 2008.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00
a. With large "R" and “Deutsche Post” plus post horn above barcode at left of frank (shown). Used for Registered mail.








GROUP OO: Stamps used for Official government mail only.Edit

* With “ZENTRALER” at top and “KURIERDIENST” at bottom

  • Used in East Germany (DDR) only.


Germany stamp type OO1.jpg


OO1. Francotyp “A” (MV).

Spacing between centers of date and value figures is 60 mm.
Date figures without stops.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 (G) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$35]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$45]





Germany stamp type OO2.jpg


OO2. Francotyp “B” (MV).

Spacing between centers of date and value figures is 75 mm.
Date figures with stops.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (G) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]





Germany stamp type OO3.jpg



OO3. Francotyp “C” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Spacing between centers of date and value figures is 78 mm.
Date figures without stops.
TM: DC, BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (A,G,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 (O)






Germany stamp type OO4.jpg



OO4. Postalia (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]

Wide spacing.
Value figures are small and narrow.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (O)





Germany stamp type OO5.jpg



OO5. Postalia "D2" (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]

As Type OO4 but spacing is narrow.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000






Germany stamp type OO6.jpg



OO6. Francotyp “Cc” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Value unknown]

Similar to Type OO3 but date figures have stops after D and before Y.
Spacing between centers of date and value figures is 78 mm.
TM: DC, BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 (O)





Germany stamp type OO7.jpg



OO7. Francotyp “D” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Value unknown]

Spacing between centers of date and value figures is 66-67 mm.
Date without stops.
TM: DC, BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 (G)











GROUP SR: Stamps used in the Saar before being absorbed into GermanyEdit


Sub-group SR-A: Horizontal frank with sides forming doubled outward-projecting arcs. Inscribed “SAARGEBIET” at topEdit

* Used from 1926 until incorporation into Germany in 1935.



Germany stamp type SR-A1.jpg



SR-A1. Francotyp “A” (MV), 1926. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Spacing between centers of date and value figures is 60 mm.
With impression counter either high or in middle between TM and frank.
Date figures without stops.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 (A)






Germany stamp type SR-A2.jpg



SR-A2. Francotyp “B” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Spacing between centers of date and value figures is 75 mm.
With impression counter either high or in middle between TM and frank.
Date with stops.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (A)




Germany stamp type SR-A3.jpg



SR-A3. Francotyp “C” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Francotyp model “C” spacing With impression counter high between TM and frank.
No stops in date.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000 (A)




Germany stamp type SR-A4.jpg



SR-A4. Komusina (MV), 1929. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

Small frank with very narrow spacing between TM and frank.
impression counter vertical at far left.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000








Sub-group SR-B: Frank is upright rectangle inscribed “SAAR” at bottomEdit

  • With double inner frame around value figures.
  • Used after WW2 under temporary French control (1947-1951) and semi-independence (1951) until merged back into Germany in 1959.


Germany stamp type SR-B1.jpg

SR-B1. Francotyp “A” (MV).

Spacing between centers of date and value figures is 60 mm.
Date figures without stops.
With impression counter high between TM and frank.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000 F (A)
a. Without "F" after value figures MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Rare, value unknown]

NOTE: The illustration does not show the "F" but it is there, faintly, in the inner right margin.



Germany stamp type SR-B2.jpg


SR-B2. Francotyp “B” (MV).

Spacing between centers of date and value figures is 75 mm.
With impression counter either high or in middle between TM and frank or nil.
Date with stops.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 F (A,G)
a. Without "F" after value figuresMeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$30]




Germany stamp type SR-B3A.jpg
Germany stamp type SR-B3B.jpg



SR-B3. Francotyp “C” (MV).

Spacing between centers of date and value figures is 78 mm.
Date figures without stops.
Impression counter high or nil.
A. “F” right of V/F does not break frame lines (as pictured)
B. “F” breaks inner frame lines at right.
TM: DC, SC, BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 F (A,G,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 F (A)
a. As B but without “F”. Empty broken spot in the frame lines at right.








Germany stamp type SR-B31.jpg


SR-B3.1. Francotyp “Cc” (MV).

Similar to Type OO3 but date figures have stops after D and before Y.
Spacing between centers of date and value figures is 78 mm.
TM: DC, SC, BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (G,O)





Germany stamp type SR-B4A.jpg
Germany stamp type SR-B4B.jpg
Germany stamp type SR-B4 NOTE.jpg


SR-B4. Francotyp "D (AN)” (MV).

Spacing between TM and frank is 66-68 mm.
Date without stops.
A. “F” in inner frame lines at right
B. “F” between margins at left
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 (G)
a. As A but without “F”. Empty broken spot in the frame lines at right.

NOTE: After the Saar was absorbed into Germany in 1957 a meter of this type was used for a short time without a frank frame before it was fitted with a new German frank. This is cataloged as Type L4b. (See Part 1)







Germany stamp type SR-B5.jpg



SR-B5. Komusina (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Only three examples known, extremely rare]

Small frank with very narrow spacing between TM and frank.
impression counter vertical at far left.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000





Germany stamp type SR-B6A.jpg
Germany stamp type SR-B6B.jpg




SR-B6. Postalia (MV).

Wide spacing between TM and frank.
Value figures narrow and thin.
A. “F” in inner frame lines at right
B. Fixed zero and “F” at right
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,00









Germany stamp type SR-B7.jpg



SR-B7.

Town mark is straight line
Month in date either in letters (as shown) or as Roman numerals.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg000 F





Germany stamp type SR-B8.jpg


SR-B8. Francotyp “C” (MV), 1950. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]

Frank has two post horns in upper corners.
Large “F” precedes value figures.
Two machines known using this frank.
All examples seen are from 1950.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgF000 (G)



Germany stamp type SR-B9.jpg



SR-B9. Hasler “F88” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]

Narrow spacing between TM and frank.
TM: DC without horizontal lines above and below date.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgF 0000 F MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000 F







Sub-group SR-C: Frank is upright octagonEdit

* Used to frank parcel post forwarding cards



Germany stamp type SR-C1.jpg



SR-C1. Francotyp “Cc” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]

TM at far left with boxed date repeated between TM and frank.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 (O)









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