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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 to frank live mail. The country was also the site of several other experiments that culminated in 1920 with the government authorizing the commercial use of postage meters. Experimentation continued long after this date as the machines were improved and perfected. All this activity and fermentation makes the U.S. one of the most complex and interesting 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: rickstambaugh@gmail.com

Latest changes:

  • 1 Dec:   Type "OO-J3.5" added
  • 28 Nov:   Type QA6.1, variety "c" added
  • 28 Nov:   Type "OO-J1.3" added
  • 24 Nov:   Type OO-D4, variety "a" added
  • 19 Nov:   Type PC-C2.5, Sub-type "C" added

  • 16 Nov:   Type "QB6" added
  • 4 Oct:   Sub-type "PC-E3.3D" added
  • 4 Oct:   Type "QA9.5" added
  • 2 Oct:   Type PC-E1.1, variety "b" added
  • 24 Sep:   Type PC-C4.3, Sub-types "A" and "B" added


Table of Contents
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•• Postage meters and mailing machines
•• Meter and Permit numbers
•• Ink colors and fluorescence
•• Town and date marks
•• Surcharge slugs
•• Essays/Specimens/Proofs
•• Rarity and values

•• Sub-group NA – Pitney Bowes, eagle head and wing (also LOW VALUE)        
•• Sub-group NB – Neopost-Hasler, complete profile of eagle facing left    
•• Sub-group NC – Neopost, torch-in-hand      
•• Sub-group ND – Francotyp-Postalia, bird in oval    


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


•• Sub-group QA – Hasler, Neopost-Hasler, Neopost          
•• Sub-group QB – Pitney Bowes        
•• Sub-group QC – Francotyp-Postalia     
•• Sub-group QD – Data-Pac    


•• Sub-group PC-A – E-stamp
•• Sub-group PC-B – Neopost
•• Sub-group PC-C – Stamps.com
•• Sub-group PC-D – Pitney Bowes
•• Sub-group PC-E – Envelope Management Software (Endicia)
•• Sub-group PC-F – easypost


•• Sub-group PO-A – Stamps generated by commercial postage meters modified for use in post offices
•• Sub-group PO-B – Stamps generated by machines or systems unique to Post Office use, with no resemblance to any commercial meter stamp


•• 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



•• 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



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