International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Czechoslovakia

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Czechoslovakia[edit]

The first meter appeared in 1926. All stamps except some provisional issues show “CESKOSLOVENSKO” or variation in the frank. In 1993 Czechoslovakia broke into two new countries, The Czech Republic and Slovakia. For issues since 1992/93 see CZECH REPUBLIC and SLOVAKIA.
During World War 2 the country was overrun by Germany and was broken into different administrative areas. The meters in some areas were fitted with German frank dies. These stamps are cataloged under GERMANY and are most easily identified by the distinctive oval value figures and the town names. Bohemia and Moravia used its own franks that were inscribed “BOHMEN UND MAHREN” (Group BM below). Slovakia meter stamps were inscribed “SLOVENSKO”. See SLOVAKIA for these issues.
The stamps are grouped according to appearance and usage:
A - Frank with diagonal indents at sides and semi-circular projections at top and bottom
B - Horizontal rectangle with simulated-perforation outer border
C - Upright rectangle with simulated-perforation outer border
D - Rectangle with straight outer border
PO - Stamps used only in Post Offices
PP - Stamps used to frank Parcel Post forwarding cards
PV - Stamps generated by public access, self-service vending machines
BM - World War 2 German occupation issues for western Czechoslovakia (Bohemia & Moravia), inscribed “BOHMEN UND MAHREN”



GROUP A: Frank with diagonal indents at sides and semi-circular projections at top and bottom (the "butterfly" frank)[edit]


Czechoslovakia A1.jpg

A1. Francotyp “A” (MV), 1926.

Inscribed “CESKOSLOVENSKO” at top, with semi-circle at bottom center with triangles at the lower sides.
With 59-62 mm between centers of date and value figures.
With or without impression counter number.
If present, impression counter number raised or centered between TM and frank.
Date figures without stops.
TM: SC, BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0oo




Czechoslovakia A2.jpg


A2. Francotyp “B” (MV), 1926. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

As Type A1 but wider spacing, 74-75 mm between centers of date and value figures.
Impression counter number raised or centered between TM and frank.
Date with or without stops.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0oo






Czechoslovakia A3.jpg

A3. Francotyp “C” and "Cc" (MV), 1927.

As Type A2 but spacing wider, 77-79 mm between centers of date and value figures.
With or without impression counter number. If present, S# raised between TM and frank.
Date without stops ("C" model).
TM: SC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0oo (O,G) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (G) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 (G) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg•000 (G)
a. “CESKO–SLOVENSKO” with hyphen MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]
b. Date with stops, post-WW2 use ("Cc" model)




Czechoslovakia A4.jpg


A4. Francotyp “A” (MV), 1938. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Provisional stamp used during initial period of German occupation.
Frank with country name removed.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0oo






Czechoslovakia stamp type A4point1.jpg


A4.1. Francotyp “C” (MV), 1945. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Provisional stamp used after the period of German occupation.
Frank without country name and ornaments.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0oo





Czechoslovakia A5.jpg


A5. Francotyp “A” (MV), 1945. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]

As Type A1 but semi-circular ornament removed from bottom of frank.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0oo






Czechoslovakia A6.jpg


A6. Francotyp “C” (MV), 1945.

As Type A3 but with change in bottom ornaments.
A. Semi-circle removed MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]
B. Semi-circle and triangles removed (shown) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0oo








GROUP B: Frank is horizontal rectangle with simulated-perforation outer border[edit]


Czechoslovakia B1.jpg

B1. Francotyp “A” (MV), 1945.

Border perforations often solid and heavy but in some cases with outline only.
“CESKOSLOVENSKO” variable is size.
With or without impression counter number between TM and frank.
TM: SC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0oo (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 (G) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0oo0 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0000 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg0000 (G) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 (G) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg0000 (G)
a. No line below “CESKOSLOVENSKO”
Czechoslovakia B1b.jpg
b. Right-most value figures (either one or two figures) are outlined rather than solid
c. Narrow spacing between TM and frank



b




Czechoslovakia B2.jpg


B2. Francotyp “B” (MV), 1945. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

As type B1 but wider spacing, 74-75 mm between centers of date and value figures.
Date with or without stops.
TM: SC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid circle.jpg00 (G) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0oo (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (G) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0oo0 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 (G)






Czechoslovakia B3.jpg

B3. Francotyp “C” (MV).

As Type B2 but slightly wider, 77-79 mm between centers of date and V/F.
With or without impression counter number between TM and frank.
Date without stops.
TM: SC, DC




Czechoslovakia B3d.jpg
V/F:
000 (A,G), 0oo (G), MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00 (O), MeterCat solid circle.jpg00 (G), 0000 (G),
MeterCat solid circle.jpg000 (O,G), 000 (O), MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 (O,A), MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0oo (O), MeterCat solid diamond.jpg0oo (O),
MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 (O,G), MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0000 (O), MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0ooo (O), MeterCat solid diamond.jpg0000 (G), MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0oo0 (O)
a. Narrow setting, 30 mm between centers of date and value figures MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
b. No line below “CESKOSLOVENSKO”
c. Value figures at right are outlined rather than solid
d. Frank is value figures only without frame




Czechoslovakia B4A.jpg
Czechoslovakia B4B.jpg


B4. Hasler “F22” (MV), 1948. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Date figures have a stop centered after the year.
Without impression counter number.
A. TM raised in relation to frank
B. TM same level as frank
TM: SC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat hollow diamond.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat hollow diamond.jpg00,oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid circle.jpg00,oo









Czechoslovakia B5A.jpg
Czechoslovakia B5B.jpg


B5. Universal “MultiValue” (MV), 1949. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

TM and date figures consistent is size and shape, as illustrated.
Date with roman numeral month.
A. Frank without meter number
B. M# with “U” prefix in lower corners
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0oo (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00o (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00oo (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0oo0 (O)







Czechoslovakia B6.jpg


B6. Pitney Bowes-GB “Automax” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

TM and date figures similar to Type B5 but frank is smaller and the outer frame line is thinner.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0oo





Czechoslovakia B7.jpg

B7. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” (MV).

Frank nearly identical to Type B6 but date figures narrower and thicker and spacing narrower.
Date figures are raised in relation to value figures.
A. Inner frame line broken at bottom
B. Inner frame line at bottom is complete
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0.00




Czechoslovakia B8.jpg


B8. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Single, heavy frame line open at sides of “CESKOSLOVENSKO”.
Date and value figures on same level.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0.00




Czechoslovakia B9.jpg

B9. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Frank larger than on Type B9.
With double frame line.
No line under “CESKOSLOVENSKO”.
One machine only.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000



Czechoslovakia stamp type B10.jpg


B10. Hasler "F88" (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Appears to be scarce, value unknown]

Similar in appearance to B4B but the date figures do not have a stop centered at right of the year.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg◇0000

NOTE: The stamp previously cataloged as Type B10 is now Type PO 0.1.







GROUP C: Frank is square or upright rectangle with simulated-perforation outer border[edit]


Czechoslovakia C1.jpg
Czechoslovakia C1a.jpg

C1. Postalia "Junior" (MV), 1966.

With double frame line that often appears as one thick line because of ink buildup.
Value figures think and narrow.
A. Frank 27-28 x 30-31 mm
B. Small frank 22-25 x 27-28 mm
TM: DC, BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00 0 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.0 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00
a. Rectangular TM (NITRA 1/ 94923)



Czechoslovakia C2A.jpg
Czechoslovakia C2B.jpg


C2. Hasler “F88” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Panel at bottom containing “CSSR”.
A. Large frank, wide spacing
B. Smaller frank with narrow spacing
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 8-point starburst.jpg0000









Czechoslovakia C3.jpg

C3. Krag (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Large, square frank, 29 mm.
Value figures widely spaced.
Two machines only.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000
a. Stamp in red with slogan in purple




Czechoslovakia C4.jpg


C4. Perm (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]

Value figures stacked, date figures vertical.
Frank frame has 'filled' perforations and no separate inner frame line.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000






Czechoslovakia C5.jpg

C5. Pitney Bowes “RF” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

Small, upright frank with small TM.
One machine only.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0.00




Czechoslovakia C6.jpg

C6. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Similar to Type C1 but simulated-perforations in the frame are more distinct.
Value figures are larger.
A. Frank 24-25 mm wide
B. Frank 26 mm wide
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000,00





Czechoslovakia stamp type C8.jpg


C7. Pitney Bowes-GB “Automax” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Appears to be scarce, value unknown]

Upright frank similar to Type C6.
Dave figures without stops.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0.oo






GROUP D: Frank is rectangle with straight outer border[edit]


Czechoslovakia D1.jpg

D1. Frama “M/E” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Frank with double straight-line frame.
Inscribed “CESKO–SLOVENSKO” with a hyphen at top, “Kčs” at bottom.
TM: DC
V/F: 000,00







GROUP PO: Stamps generated only by machines in Post Offices[edit]


Czechoslovakia A7.jpg

PO 0.1. Hasler “F88” (MV), 1947. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

Frank shape as with Group A.
Narrow spacing between TM and frank.
Without impression counter number.
Date with centered stop after the year figures.
Two machines only, used in the main post offices of Prague and Brno.
Dates of use for the Prague machine are March 1947 to March 1948.
Dates of use for the Brno machine are unknown.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,oo
a. With boxed "R" and registration number at left (Prague) or below the town mark (Brno)

NOTE: This stamp was originally cataloged as Type A7.




Czechoslovakia B10.jpg

PO 0.2. Satas (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$35]

Frank shape as with Group B.
Hour figure between TM and frank.
Date figures tall.
M# with “V” prefix in lower corners.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg000

NOTE: This stamp was originally cataloged as Type B10.




Czechoslovakia PO1.jpg

PO1. Pitney Bowes “6300” (MV), 1972. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]

Frank consists of straight horizontal lines and the value figures only.
This was apparently a trial die that was appropriated for use in at least two post offices, Olomouc 2 and Mlada Buleslav 3.
For several months the meter at Olomouc 2 printed impressions that included an advertisement for Pitney Bowes.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0.00




Czechoslovakia PO2.jpg

PO2. Francotyp “Taxograph” (MV), 1979. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Nearly square frank with simulated-perforation outer border.
“CESKOSLOVENSKO” at top without line underneath, “Kčs” at bottom.
Left frame line is broken in middle for service indicator letter ("A" for insured, "R" for registered, etc.)
TM is rectangle with rounded corners.
With or without registration number between TM and frank.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg00.oo
NOTE: Similar stamps without frank frame and with “POTVRZENI” below value figures are receipts.




Czechoslovakia PO3.jpg


PO3. Frama (MV), 1980. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

Horizontal rectangle with straight-line border, panels at top and bottom.
“Kčs” at right of value figures. Printed on labels, not directly to the mail piece.
One machine used from August to November 1980 only.
TM: unframed SL with “POSTA” at top, date-hour in the middle, and post office ID at bottom.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00








GROUP PP: Stamps from meters use to frank Parcel Post forwarding cards[edit]

Other Parcel Post stamp types are likely to exist but only the one shown has been reported so far.



Czechoslovakia PP1.jpg


PP1. Universal “Multi-Value” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$40]

Stamp is identical to Type B5A except for the presence of an additional town mark at far left.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg0000




Czechoslovakia stamp type PP2.jpg


PP2. Pitney Bowes-GB "Automax” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Appears scarce, value unknown]

Stamp is identical to Type B6 except for the presence of an additional town mark at far left.
Can be differentiated from Type PP1 by the different value figures.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0.oo








GROUP PV: Stamps generated only by public access vending machines[edit]

All examples known of this Group were prepared by collectors. Non-philatelic commercial covers are virtually unknown.



Czechoslovakia PV1.jpg

PV1. Perm, 1973. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]

Value figures in tall, narrow straight-line frame.
“Kčs” below value figures.
Very narrow spacing between TM and frank.
Used for registered mail. Printed through a purple ribbon.
All seen have rectangle at left with large “R” at left and R# at right.
TM: DC
Value seen: 1MeterCat solid diamond.jpg60



Czechoslovakia PV2.jpg

PV2. Perm, 1981. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Used for self-service registered mail.
Frank is horizontal rectangle containing R# with post office name above, value figure below, large “R” at left, and TM at right.
M# at bottom of TM.
M#s seen: A1, A2, A3 and “S”.
Size of “R” and value figure varies from one machine to another.
TM: DC. Printed through a purple ribbon.
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgValue seen: 4 Kčs

NOTE: Receipts stamps are identical and can be identified only by their presence on a receipt sheet rather than a cover.






GROUP BM: Issues for German occupied western Czechoslovakia, Bohemia & Moravia during World War 2, inscribed “BÖHMEN UND MÄHREN”[edit]


Czechoslovakia BM1.jpg
Czechoslovakia BM1a.jpg

BM1. Francotyp “A” (MV), 1940. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Inscribed “BÖHMEN UND MÄHREN” at top and “ČECHY A MORAVA” at bottom.
With 59-62 mm between centers of date and value figures.
With or without impression counter number.
If present, impression counter number raised or centered between TM and frank.
Date figures without stops.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0oo
a. Printed in blue, used only for printed matter (bulk mail)



Czechoslovakia stamp type BM2.jpg


BM2. Francotyp “B” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

As Type BM1 but wider spacing, 74-75 mm between centers of date and value figures.
Impression counter number raised or centered between TM and frank.
Date with or without stops.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0oo





Czechoslovakia BM3.jpg


BM3. Francotyp “C” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

As Type BM2 but spacing slightly wider, 77-79 mm between centers of date and value figures.
Impression counter number raised between TM and frank.
Date without stops.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0oo
a. Printed in blue, used only for printed matter (bulk mail)








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