International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Canal Zone

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Canal Zone[edit]

  • The first meter was installed in 1953. All stamps have “CANAL ZONE” in the frank.
  • Dates normally show the month as a three letter abbreviation (DEC31'53) but they are also found with Roman numeral month (31VII'53) and Western numeral month (12.31.53).




Canal Zone 1 color.jpg

1. Pitney Bowes “RF” (MV), 1953.

Horizontal frank with design of ship transiting the Canal between the TM and value box.
The value box is without frame lines except at bottom.
M# at lower right of the TM with “P.B.” prefix at lower left.
A. Colon in value figures has narrowly spaced dots indicating the meter is able to print 1/2 and 1/4 fractions of a cent (shown)
B. Colon in value figures has widely spaced dots indicating the meter is able to print whole cent values only
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat triad.jpg 00 :
a. With Roman numeral month MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
b. Without frame line below value figures



Canal Zone 2.jpg

2. Pitney Bowes “DM” (LV-21), 1954. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

As Type 1 but frank much narrower.
M# with "P.B." prefix.
TM: SC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg01 to 21



Canal Zone 3 color.jpg

3. Pitney Bowes “5300” (MV), 1953. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Similar to Type 1 but the value box has frame lines all around.
"POSTAGE" lettering is much wider.
M# with “P.B.” prefix below the central vignette.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat triad.jpg. 00
a. With Roman numeral month MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
b. With Western numeral month MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]