International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Tanzania

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  • Tanganyika was a British colony until it gained independence in 1961 and merged with Zanzibar in 1964 to form the new country of Tanzania. For many years after independence it’s postal affairs were managed communally with Kenya and Uganda, and it used meter stamps inscribed with all three country names. Stamps inscribed TANZANIA by itself appeared in the 1990s.
  • The stamps are grouped according to use:
A – Stamps for commercial use
PO – Stamps generated by machines in post offices
  • For stamps used before independence and for post-independence stamps inscribed KENYA, UGANDA and TANZANIA, see EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY. See also ZANZIBAR for stamps used before the merger into Tanzania.

GROUP A: Franks for commercial use[edit]

Tanzania stamp type A1.jpg

A1. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV).

Horizontal frank with simulated perforation outer border.
“TANZANIA” at top with “SHS” above “POSTAGE PAID” at bottom.
M# without prefix low between TM and frank.
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Tanzania stamp type A2.jpg

A2. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Horizontal frank with straight-line border.
Country name outside frame line at top, and “POSTAGE PAID” vertical outside at right.
M# with “T.” prefix and “-DAR” suffix breaks bottom frame line.
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Tanzania stamp type A3.jpg

A3. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

As Type 3 but without country name at top of frank.
“TANZANIA” is found in the town mark.
M# with “T.” prefix and “-DAR” suffix breaks bottom frame line.
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Tanzania stamp type A4.jpg

A4. Hasler "Mailmaster (MV).

Horizontal rectangle with country name at top and meter number at lower right.
"SHS. CTS." at bottom center.
M# with "HF" prefix.
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GROUP PO: Franks generated by machines in Post Offices[edit]

Tanzania stamp type PO1.jpg

PO1. National Cash Register (MV), 1964. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$200]

Frameless design printed on orange-yellow labels, never directly to covers.
Date at top above “TANZANIA” underlined and curved with groups of three arcs at sides.
Value figures in center and S# at right.
At bottom is ID letter “A” between arcs with “DAR-ES-SALAAM” at bottom.
Only Meter “A” is known.
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Tanzania stamp type PO2.jpg

PO2. Massad (digital), 1997.

Predominantly red-brown underprint with circular postal service logo at left beneath text.
At right is an inner frame white background for the value figures.
"TANZANIA / POSTAL CORPORATION" is above the inner frame.
Point of sale data added in purple.
A. Regular mail label
B. Registered mail label, with registration box below frank
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Tanzania stamp type PO3.jpg

PO3. Unidentified (digital), 2015.

This stamp is the carbon (or "yellow") copy of the receipt provided for Type PO2. For registered mail some post offices in Tanzania (at least one) use this as the stamp instead of Type PO2B. We don't know why they are not using PO2B.
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NOTE: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgThe cover (and stamp) are shown at 2/3 size.