International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Hong Kong/AA1

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Hong Kong Type AA1[edit | edit source]

Universal Postal Frankers, Ltd. "Midget".[edit | edit source]

The Midget could print a selected number of values values, each up to a maximum of 25 times the unit value. Machines used in Hong Kong had a unit value of 1c so could print a maximum value of 25c, though see notes for M6.
9 machines are known, numbered M1-M7, M9 and M20. They were distributed by Lane Crawford, Ltd., acting as agents for UPF.
Value dies were originally engraved by Huggins, Geyer & Coleman, Ltd., London. From the number of dies dispatched to Hong Kong, it is possible that a tenth machine was also issued.


AA1.M1 (FV-3).

Hong Kong Type AA1.jpg     M1 2c.jpg     Hong Kong M1 3c.jpg     Hong Kong M1 10c.jpg    

Hong Kong AA1 M1 Slogan A.jpg     Hong Kong AA1 M1 Slogan B.jpg     Hong Kong AA1 M1 Slogan C.jpg

A. Lane, Crawford Ltd. Known 11 XII 29 - 18 IV 41
TM: DC "VICTORIA / HONG · KONG"
Values:
2c known 11 XII 29 - 7 III 41
3c known 7 VII 34 - 7 III 41
4c known 16 VII 30 - 9 VIII 30
10c known 3 I 38 - 18 IV 41
NOTE: The 3c and 10c dies were replacements and have a sans-serif "1" in the meter number.
Slogans:
A. LANE, CRAWFORD LTD. for things worth having. (Image shows a photocopy - actual slogan would be red)
Known 11 XII 29
B. Try LANE CRAWFORD LTD. First
Known 11 VI 30 - 3 IX 30
C. A bigger selection at Lane Crawford Ltd.
Known 7 VII 34 - 18 IV 41



AA1.M2 (FV-3).

Hong Kong M2 1931 10 03 2c.jpg

Hong Kong M2 Slogan A.jpg     Hong Kong M2 Slogan B.jpg     Hong Kong M2 Slogan C.jpg

A. The Hong Kong Jockey Club. Known postally used on 3 X 31 only
TM: DC "VICTORIA / HONG · KONG"
Values:
1c
2c known 3 X 31
4c
NOTE: Proofs of the 1c, 2c and 4c are known dated 2 X 29.
Slogans:
A. LANE, CRAWFORD LTD. ESTABLISHED 1850
Examples are known only on proofs dated 2 X 29.
B. QUALITY FOR QUALITY LANE CRAWFORD LTD. ARE CHEAPER (Image shows a photocopy - actual slogan would be red)
Examples are known only on proofs dated 2 X 29.
C. A bigger selection at Lane Crawford Ltd. (Image shows a photocopy - actual slogan would be red)
Examples are known only on proofs dated 2 X 29.



AA1.M3 (FV-3).

Hong Kong M3 10c.jpg

Hong Kong M3 Slogan A.jpg     Hong Kong M3 Slogan B.jpg

A. The Dairy Farm Ice & Cold Storage Company, Limited. Known 20 XII 29 - 11 VII 41
TM: DC "VICTORIA / HONG · KONG"
Values:
1c known 20 XII 29 - 28 V 41
4c known 12 IV 39 - 28 V 41
10c known 2 VII 30 - 11 VII 41
NOTE: Proofs of the 1c and 10c are known dated 2 X 29.
Slogans:
A. DAIRY FARM ICE CREAM Made its way by the way it’s made (Image shows a photocopy - actual slogan would be red)
Examples are known only on proofs dated 2 X 29.
B. DRINK FRESH MILK for HEALTH (Image shows a photocopy - actual slogan would be red)
Examples are known only on proofs dated 2 X 29.



AA1.M4 (FV-3).

Hong Kong M4 6c.jpg

A. W.R. Loxley & Co. (China) Ltd. Known 26 IX 32 - 12 VI 40
TM: DC "VICTORIA / HONG · KONG"
Values:
1c known 26 IX 32 - 12 VI 40
4c known ? V 33 - 12 VI 40
6c known 16 III 33 - 12 VI 40
Slogans:
Not known on this machine



AA1.M5 (FV-3).

Hong Kong M5 4c.jpg

A. Gilman & Co., Ltd. Known 12 XII 35 - ? V 41
TM: DC "VICTORIA / HONG · KONG"
Values:
1c known 17 IX 36 - 4 XII 40
2c known 13 XII 35 - 5 III 36
4c known 12 XII 35 - 4 XII 40
10c known 18 VI 36 - ? VI 41
NOTE: Either the 1c or 10 are likely to be replacement dies.
NOTE: Proofs of the 2c are known dated 2 X 29.
Slogans:
Not known on this machine



AA1.M6 (FV-5).

Hong Kong M6 10c.jpg

A. The American Express Company Inc. Known 10 III 30 - 15 XI 41
TM: DC "VICTORIA / HONG · KONG"
Values:
This machine initially printed in multiples of 1c:
1c known 6 VI 36 - 22 VI 38
4c known 26 I 31 - 22 VI 38
10c known 10 III 30 - 16 IX 37
20c known 26 I 31 - 28 VII 38
? fifth value not yet identified
In late 1938 the machine was modified to print in multiples of 5c:
5c known 27 III 39 - 19 V 41
15c known 16 I 39 - 15 XI 41
25c known 31 XII 38 - 19 V 41
75c known 3 IV 41 - 6 VI 41
$1.25 known 14 IV 39 - 15 XI 41
Slogans:
Not known on this machine



AA1.M7 (FV-5).

Hong Kong M7 4c.jpg

A. The National City Bank of New York. Known 9 IV 30 - 17 XI 30
B. The Mercantile Bank of India, Limited. Known 28 VII 30 - 14 VII 41
NOTE: Both companies used the machine simultaneously, until NCBNY were issued with M9.
TM: DC "VICTORIA / HONG · KONG"
Values:
1c known 17 XII 36 - 11 II 41
2c known 8 V 30 - 11 III 32
4c known 8 V 30 - 11 II 41
10c known 9 IV 30 - 15 VII 41
20c known 9 I 31 - 19 VII 41
25c known 19 VIII 30 - 4 X 30
NOTE: The 20c was a replacement for the 25c die.
Slogans:
Not known on this machine



AA1.M9 (FV-5).

Hong Kong M9 8c.jpg

A. The National City Bank of New York. Known 26 XI 30 - 1 II 37
TM: DC "VICTORIA / HONG · KONG"
Values:
2c known 26 XI 30 - 1 II 37
3c known 2 VI 31 - 1 II 37
4c known 27 V 31 - 20 XI 34
8c known 26 XI 30 - 13 IX 35
14c known 26 XI 30 - 24 VII 36
Slogans:
Not known on this machine



AA1.M20 (FV-3).

M20 1929 04 04 4c.jpg

A. General Post Office. Known 26 XI 30 - 1 II 37
TM: DC "VICTORIA / HONG · KONG"
Values:
1c one postally used example known, but date not shown
2c postally used examples not known
4c known 16 IV 30 - 18 IX 35
NOTE: Proofs of the 1c, 2c and 4c are known dated 4 IV 29.
Slogans:
Not known on this machine