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Welcome to the United States Postage Meter Stamp Catalog!

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  • In 1897 the United States became the first country in the world to use postage meters on an experimental basis to frank live mail. After years of further experimentation and development postage meters were finally approved for use by the general public in 1920. Experimentation continued long after this date as the machines continued to be improved and perfected. All this activity and fermentation makes the U.S. one of the most interesting and complex countries to collect for postage meter stamps.
  • This online edition of The United States Postage Meter Stamp Catalog is an expansion and update of the paper edition, written and published by Joel Hawkins and Rick Stambaugh in 1994 and updated previously in 2001. It uses a new, more logical, decimal system for assigning Type numbers. Type numbers that are different from the earlier edition show the previous designation as follows: Type XXX in 2001 edition
  • Comments, suggested changes, corrections, and additions to the catalog are encouraged. Email " Alan Knutson": boris1951@charter.net



  • 20 Feb:   Type "SRV-OH01., SRV-OH02, SRV-OH03.1, SRV-OH03.2, SRV-OH04.1, SRV-OH04.2, SRV-OH05, SRV-OH06" added "Ohio"
  • 17 Feb:   Type "SRV-CT01, SRV-IA01, SRV-NY01, SRV-NY03" dates reported as 1940, Meter Slogan Associates Monthly Bulletin 30 [MSA MB30(Nov 1940)]
  • 16 Feb:   Type "SRV-NY01 thru SRV-NY11" added "New York"
  • 15 Feb:   Type "SRV-NV01.1, SRV-NV01.2, SRV-NV02" added "Nevada"
  • 13 Feb:   Type "SRV-NM01." added "New Mexico"
  • 12 Feb:   Type "SRV-NJ01., SRV-NJ02" added "New Jersey"
  • 10 Feb:   Type "QD2" moved to essay section and changed to "ESY-DH1"
  • 8 Feb:     Type "SRV-NH01., SRV-NH02, SRV-NH02.1, SRV-NH03, SRV-NH04.1, SRV-NH04.2" added "New Hampshire"
  • 8 Feb:     Type "PC-H" note regarding status of item added
  • 1 Feb:     Type "IB4b" added misspelling "FALLSBURGH" for "FALLSBURG" (247944) [MSSQB 148]
  • 1 Feb:     Type "SRV-NE01., SRV-NE02.1, SRV-NE02.2, SRV-NE03" added "Nebraska"
  • 31 Jan:   Type "IB4b" added misspelling "HUNTNGTON PARK" for "HUNTINGTON PARK" (425783) [MSSQB 138]
  • 31 Jan:   Type "SRV-ND01., SRV-ND02, SRV-ND03, SRV-ND04.1, SRV-ND04.2." added "North Dakota"
  • 25 Jan:   Type "DE3g" added misspelling "CENTERVILLE" for "CENTREVILLE" (89017) [MSSQB 138]
  • 25 Jan:   Type "SRV-NC01., SRV-NC01.2, SRV-NC02, SRV-NC03, SRV-NC04.1, SRV-NC04.2. SRV-NC05.1, SRV-NC05.2, SRV-NC06.1, SRV-NC06.2" added "North Carolina"
  • 23 Jan:   Type "SRV-MT01.1, SRV-MT01.2" added "Montana"
  • 19 Jan:   Type "PO-B11.2" added, Pitney Bowes (02 8W) (Thank you Harold H)
  • 19 Jan:   Type "PO-B11" change to "PO-B11.1" Stamps/Endicia
  • 18 Jan:   Type "SRV-MS01, SRV-MS02.1, SRV-MS02.2" added "Mississippi"
  • 17 Jan:   Type "SRV-MN02.2, SRV-MN04.1, SRV-MN04.2" added "Minnesota"
  • 16 Jan:   Type "SRV-MN01, SRV-MN02.1, SRV-MN03.1, SRV-MN03.2" added "Minnesota"
  • 13 Jan:   Type "SRV-ME01, SRV-ME02, SRV-ME03A, SRV-ME03B" added "Maine"
  • 13 Jan:   Type "SRV-ME01" changed to "SRV-ME04"
  • 10 Jan:   Type "SRV-MD01, SRV-MD02, SRV-MD03, SRV-MD04, SRV-MD06, SRV-MD07, SRV-MD08, SRV-MD09. SRV-MD10" added "Maryland"
  • 10 Jan:   Type "SRV-MD01, SRV-MD02" changed to "SRV-MD05, SRV-MD11"
  • 10 Jan:   Type "SRV-MA03, SRV-MA04" added, Massachusetts edited
  • 7 Jan:     Type "PPS-A07.1" additional usage added
  • 29 Dec:   Type "SRV-LA01" Louisiana Tobacco added
  • 24 Dec:   Type "PO-B9.2B" Box 1 "G" Ground Advantage added (Thank you Mark H!)
  • 21 Dec:   Type "SRV-GA02" added, Georgia Drivers License Fee (Thank you Alan D!)
  • 21 Dec:   Type "SRV-GA01" added, Georgia Cigarette
  • 21 Dec:   Type "SRV-KY02A, SRV-KY02B" added, Kentucky Cigarette
  • 20 Dec:   Type "SRV-KY01" added, Kentucky Cigarette
  • 19 Dec:   Type "PC-F6" added "Sendle>" (Thank you Alan D!)
  • 19 Dec:   Type "PC-F4.3" changed to "PC-F5"
  • 19 Dec:   Type "IH2" added, a Paragon machine, denomination as"00.00" plus trailing triad (Thank you Alan D!)
  • 18 Dec:   Type "SRV-KS01A, SRV-KS01B, SRV-KS02, SRV-KS03A, SRV-KS03B" added, Kansas Cigarette
  • 17 Dec:   Type "Directional Slug 42e" added "★ SAMPLE / ENCLOSED"
  • 15 Dec:   Type "SRV-IN01, SRV-IN02A, SRV-IN02B" added, Indiana Intangibles, Cigarette
  • 14 Dec:   Type "SRV-IL03, SRV-IL04" added, Illinois Real Estate Transfer Tax
  • 13 Dec:   Type "SRV-IL01, SRV-IL02" added, Illinois cigarettes
  • 13 Dec:   Type "SRV-ID02, SRV-ID03A and SRV-ID03B" added, Idaho cigarettes
  • 8 Dec:     Type "SRV-ID01" IDAHO "Punchboard Tax" added
  • 7 Dec:     Type "IA4.1" Corrected note
  • 7 Dec:     Type "PC-F4.4" added (Thank you Frankie!)
  • 7 Dec:     Type "SRV-IA01, SRV-IA02A, SRV-IA02B, SRV-IA02C" Iowa "Cigarette Tax" added
  • 5 Dec:     Type "PO-A1.1a" Corrected note
  • 3 Dec:     Type "PPS-A06.1" 4 additional usages added
  • 2 Dec:     Type "PO-A3.2H" 96788, TAMPA, FLA added
  • 30 Nov:   Type "SRV-FL11" added
  • 30 Nov:   Type "PPS-A06.2" 3 additional usages added
  • 28 Nov:   Type "PPS-A07.1" 4 additional usages added
  • 28 Nov:   Type "SRV-FL09, SRV-FL10" added FLORIDA Cigarette Tax
  • 26 Nov:   Type "PPS-Q" added "MERCHANTS DELIVERY SERVICE"
  • 26 Nov:   Type "SRV-FL07, SRV-FL08A, SRV-FL08B" FLORIDA added
  • 26 Nov:   Type "SRV-FL06A, SRV-FL06B" FLORIDA added
  • 21 Nov:   Type "SPE-NC2" new illustration (Thank you Dennis L!)
  • 21 Nov:   Type "IG2a" Misspelled town name "INDIANNAPOLIS" {8305638)
  • 21 Nov:   Type "PO-A7.4D-3" Incorrect state abbreviation "CLEVELAND / HO" (3345166)
  • 21 Nov:   Type "NC1c" Misspelled town names WORCHESTER (3824810) and ARLINTON (3843822)
  • 21 Nov:   Type "SRV-FL05A, SRV-FL05B" FLORIDA added
  • 20 Nov:   Type "LB2.1A-1b" Misspelled town name ARLINGTON HEIHTS (602494)
  • 19 Nov:   Type "SRV-FL02A, SRV-FL03A, SRV-FL03B," FLORIDA revised
  • 17 Nov:   Type "SRV-FL04A, SRV-FL04B" FLORIDA added
  • 16 Nov:   Type "SRV-FL02A, SRV-FL02B, SRV-FL03A, SRV-FL03B," FLORIDA added
  • 15 Nov:   Type "SRV-FL01" revised
  • 15 Nov:   Type "SRV-DE02, SRV-DE03, SRV-DE04" added, DELAWARE TAX PAID, Cigarettes
  • 14 Nov:   Type "SRV-DC01, SRV-DC02, SRV-DC03" added, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA TAX PAID, Cigarettes
  • 14 Nov:   Type "SRV-DE01 " added, DELAWARE REALTY TRANSFER TAX
  • 14 Nov:   Type "SRV-CT01, SRV-CT02, SRV-CT03, SRV-CT04" added, CONNECTICUT TAX PAID, Cigarettes
  • 14 Nov:   Type "SRV-CO01, SRV-CO02, SRV-CO03, SRV-CO04" added, COLORADO TAX PAID, Cigarettes
  • 13 Nov:   Type "SRV-CA03, SRV-CA04" added, CALIFORNIA TAX PAID CIGARETTES
  • 13 Nov:   Type "SRV-CA01" California County Documentary Tax revised
  • 13 Nov:   Type "SRV-AR01" Arkansas Tax Paid (Cigarette) added
  • 13 Nov:   Type "SRV-AZ04" Arizona Tax Paid (Cigarette) added
  • 12 Nov:   Type "SRV-AZ03" Arizona Tax Paid (Cigarette) added
  • 12 Nov:   Type "SRV-AZ02" Arizona Tax Paid (Cigarette) added
  • 12 Nov:   Type "SRV-AZ01" Arizona Egg Inspection added
  • 10 Nov:   Type "PPS-D05" added
  • 8 Nov:     Type "IH1e" Inverted town mark, "SPRING GROVE, IL" [7208703] added
  • 7 Nov:     Type "IG2b" Meter number "1150303" added, cp normal series 8000000 [MSSQB 254(6)]
  • 7 Nov:     Type "ESY-DG1, ESY-DG2" corrected to "Data-Pac" from "Neopost"
  • 7 Nov:     Type "REV-01" added
  • 7 Nov:     Type "OO-A6a" misspelled town name "GRAND FORK" added
  • 7 Nov:     Type "IE1Bq" misspelled town name "GRAND FORK" added
  • 7 Nov:     Type "IG2a" misspelled town name "GRAND FORK" added
  • 5 Nov:     Type "SRV-FL03" Miami Florida Cigarette Tax added




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(Groups O and P not used to avoid confusion with Groups OO, PC, PO, PD, and PV.)





•• Sub-group PD-A – Thin arrow pointing right, inverted "POSTAGE DUE" above, inverted "COLLECT" below    
•• Sub-group PD-B – Right-pointing outline arrow containing "POSTAGE DUE/PAID", barbs on pointed end    
•• Sub-group PD-C – Right-pointing outline arrow containing "POSTAGE DUE/PAID", no barbs, lines thick on bottom    
•• Sub-group PD-D – Vertical rectangle containing "POSTAGE/DUE"    
•• Sub-group PD-E – Wide "T" containing "POSTAGE/DUE" (Pitney Bowes)    
•• Sub-group PD-F – Wide "T" containing "POSTAGE/DUE" (Friden)    
•• Sub-group PD-G – Digital label with "POSTAGE DUE" across top, Intermec    
•• Sub-group PD-H – Digital P.O. counter label with "PD" in town line, MOS-UNISYS    
•• Sub-group PD-J – Digital P.O. counter label with "POSTAGE DUE" at top




•• Sub-group AR-NAV – U.S. Navy
•• Sub-group AR-AAF – U.S. Army & Air Force
•• Sub-group AR-ARM – U.S. Army
•• Sub-group AR-AIR – U.S. Air Force
•• Sub-group AR-MAR – U.S. Marine Corps
•• Sub-group AR-APO – Overseas Army and Air Force Post Offices
•• Sub-group AR-FPO – Overseas Fleet Post Offices
•• Sub-group AR-NGD – National Guard



•• [[United States Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/GROUP REV – Non-postal franks used to collect tax|Sub-group REV –Non-postal franks used to collect Federal tax/
•• [[United States Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/GROUP SRV – Non-postal franks used to collect tax|Sub-group SRV –Non-postal franks used to collect State and local tax/


•• Sub-group ESY-A – Essays from before meters were approved for general use in 1920
•• Sub-group ESY-B – Early competitive development, 1921 to 1938
•• Sub-group ESY-C – Later competitive development (mechanical meters), 1938 to 1990s
•• Sub-group ESY-D – Digital meter essays, 1980 to date




•• Sub-group PPS-A – stamps originating from the UPS (United Parcel Service)
•• Sub-group PPS-B – stamps originating from the Rochester Package Delivery
•• Sub-group PPS-C – stamps originating from the Retail Delivery Service
•• Sub-group PPS-D – stamps originating from TNT
•• Sub-group PPS-E – stamps originating from Purolator
•• Sub-group PPS-F – stamps originating from EFD Package Express
•• Sub-group PPS-G – stamps originating from American Messenger Service
•• Sub-group PPS-H – stamps originating from APD
•• Sub-group PPS-I – stamps originating from Berkshire Apparel Corporation
•• Sub-group PPS-J – stamps originating from Canpar
•• Sub-group PPS-K – stamps originating from CMR
•• Sub-group PPS-L – stamps originating from State of North Carolina Courier Service
•• Sub-group PPS-M – stamps originating from DSI (Mr. Messenger, Inc ?)
•• Sub-group PPS-N – stamps originating from Hourly
•• Sub-group PPS-O – stamps originating from Local Parcel Service
•• Sub-group PPS-P – stamps originating from Maclen Express Co
•• Sub-group PPS-Q – stamps originating from Merchants Delivery Co
•• Sub-group PPS-R – stamps originating from Parcel Delivery Co
•• Sub-group PPS-S – stamps originating from Parcel Service
•• Sub-group PPS-T – stamps originating from Post Par
•• Sub-group PPS-U – stamps originating from Spee-Dee Delivery Service
•• Sub-group PPS-V – stamps originating from Metroline
•• Sub-group PPS-W – stamps originating from Amazon Prime
•• Sub-group PPS-X – stamps originating from FEDEX/Federal Express
•• Sub-group PPS-Y – stamps originating from Global Mail
•• Sub-group PPS-Z – stamps originating from P R CHINA POST / USPS Partnership
•• Sub-group PPS-2Z – stamps originating from DHL








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