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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

Latest changes:

  • 12 May:   Type "QA9.5" prefix "043M31" added
  • 6 May:   Type "SPE-DF3.3(2)" meter 55788 and denomination added
  • 6 May:   Type "PC-D5.2" Priority and Express deleted from description
  • 26 Apr:   Type "PO-B9.2" split into subtypes "A" and "B"
  • 24 Apr:   Type "PO-B4" Friden Frama number 7000020 reported from Charlotte.
  • 22 Apr:   Type "PPS-A2" Pitney Bowes "RF"
  • 17 Apr:   Type "PO-B9.1" Reorganized
  • 16 Apr:   Type "PO-B12" Listed Provider as " stamps endicia"
  • 15 Apr:   Type "PPS" Private Parcel Service
  • 12 Apr:   Type "PO-B9.1" note limiting "EXPECTED DELIVERY DAY" to
"PRIORITY ONE DAY" changed to "PRIORITY" as it also has been found with "2-Day"
  • 12 Apr:   Type "PO-B9.1" variety "b" added for inclusion of destination ZIP code
  • 12 Apr:   Type "SPE-IG1" variety "E" added for date present without town mark
  • 11 Apr:   Type "KA1.5" added spelling error "KA1.5a"
  • 10 Apr:   Type "EA" April 18, 1935 new latest date ("EA1.2")
  • 10 Apr:   Type "DF3.4" added spelling error "DF3.4n1"
  • 5 Apr:     Type "FB1.1" added more descriptive material
  • 1 Apr:     Type "PC-C" corrections in model name
  • 1 Apr:     Type "QB6" query on what has been called an identification number.

Table of Contents

(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

•• 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 Package Delivery
•• Sub-group PPS-D – stamps originating from TNT
•• Sub-group PPS-E – stamps originating from Purolator
•• Sub-group PPS-E – stamps originating from EFD Package Express

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