International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Thailand

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Thailand[edit]

  • The first postage meters were used in 1952.
  • All stamps are inscribed “THAILAND”.
  • Essays from 1928 with the country’s former name, “SIAM”, exist.
  • The stamps are grouped according to appearance and usage:
A – Franks with outer frame line and separate town mark
B – Digital stamps with 2D barcode
PO – Stamps generated only by special Post Office machines
PV – Variable rate stamps generated by self-service vending machines



GROUP A: Franks with outer frame line and separate town mark[edit]


Thailand stamp type A1.jpg

A1. Universal “MultiValue” (MV), 1 May 1952.

Horizontal frank with simulated perforation outer border and straight inner border.
Country name in curved panel at top with triangular ornaments in the upper corners.
M# with “U” prefix in boxes at bottom with “POSTES” between.
Value figures variable in thickness.
TM: DC
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a. Post Office stamp. Meter U1 was used in the Bangkok Central Post Office.




Thailand stamp type A2.jpg

A2. Universal, later Pitney Bowes “Automax” (MV), 1970.

Very similar to Type 1 but the ‘perforation holes’ in the outer frame line are smaller, and the value figures are of uniform thickness.
A. M# with “U” prefix (Universal)
B. M# with “P” prefix (Pitney Bowes)
TM: DC
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Thailand stamp type A3.jpg

A3. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” series (MV), 1970.

Horizontal frank wider and shorter than with Types A1-A3.
Triangles in upper corners are without ornament.
M# with “P.” prefix in boxes at bottom.
Small “POSTES” breaks bottom frame line.
TM: DC, SC
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a. With Thai instead of Western year date




Thailand stamp type A4.jpg

A4. Kilburn (MV), 1979. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50 for meter K9, much more for other meter numbers]

Square frank with single-line simulated perforation border.
Meter number and prefix in floating boxes at bottom.
M# with “K” prefix.
Ten machines only were used, most being withdrawn quite early. Meter K9 was used longest.
TM: DC
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Thailand stamp type A5.jpg

A5. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV), 1980.

Very similar to Type A2 but only two parallel lines under “POSTES” instead of five.
Spacing between the TM and frank is narrower than with Type A2.
M# with “H” prefix
TM: DC
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a. With Thai instead of Western year date




Thailand stamp type A6.jpg

A6. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV), 1983.

Small, horizontal frank with single-line simulated perforation border.
Scrollwork ornaments at sides.
M# with “P.” prefix in lower corners.
TM: DC or SC
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a. With Thai instead of Western year date



Thailand stamp type A7.jpg

A7. Pitney Bowes-GB “6600” (MV).

Similar to Type A5 but taller.
M# with. “P” prefix
TM: DC
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a. With Thai instead of Western year date




Thailand stamp type A8.jpg

A8. Pitney Bowes “A/B900” series (MV).

Similar to Type A5 but slightly wider and with larger, 5-bank value figures.
M# with “P” prefix.
TM: SC
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a. With Thai instead of Western year date




Thailand stamp type A9.jpg

A9. Neopost Alcatel “Electronic” (MV), 1995.

Horizontal frank with straight line border.
Country name in horizontal panel at top.
M# with “A” prefix at bottom flanks “BAHT”
TM: SC
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GROUP B: Digital stamps with 2D barcode[edit]


Thailand stamp type B1.jpg

B1. Pitney Bowes "DM1000" (digital), December 2008.

Frameless, horizontal frank with 'paper airplane' design at top center above the baht currency symbol.
Vertical 2D barcode at far left.
"THAILAND POST" at top right above the value figures, date, and 5-digit number.
At left are a number with "P. prefix, a 6-digit number, and the town name.
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GROUP PO: Stamps generated only by special Post Office machines[edit]


Thailand stamp type PO1A.jpg
Thailand stamp type PO1B.jpg

PO1. Matsushita Electric Company (MV), 4 August 1987. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Upright frank in red on plain adhesive tape without outer frame.
Country name in Thai at top above two horizontal bars with the value figures in between.
“POSTAGE’ breaks the upper bar.
The town mark and country name in English are at center
A transaction number and the date are at bottom.
A. “POSTAGE” 10 mm wide
B. Small “POSTAGE” 7 mm wide (shown at right)
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Thailand stamp type PO1point1.jpg


PO1.1. Matsushita Electric Company (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Appears to be rare]

Similar to Type PO1 but with "THAILAND" boxed at top and the post office identification boxed at center.
"POSTAGE" breaks the center box at its bottom.
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NOTE: This may be an experimental design used for only a short time or only at one location.




Thailand stamp type PO2A.jpg
Thailand stamp type PO2C.jpg
Thailand stamp type PO2B.jpg
Thailand stamp type PO2D.jpg


PO2. Unidentified local manufacturer (digital), 2000.

Horizontal, unframed design printed in black on adhesive labels with serpentine 'perforations' at the sides.
Illustration of elephants at right below English country name.
Value figures below elephants, and various data including date and machine number at left.
A. Label with very faint horizontal lines MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
B. Plain white label with fluorescent red stripe across top (2001) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
C. Plain white label with inscription in blue and red across bottom, small characters (2004)
D. As C but the characters are larger (2006)
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NOTES:

  • Sub-type PO2A labels tend to fade. Keeping them away from light has no affect. Sub-types PO2B, C, and D do not have this problem.
  • Many minor variations of Type PO2, and Type PO3 below, can be found. The differences are in the font and font size and also in the image of the elephants. It is probable that Thai Post tweaks the operating system in these machines frequently.



Thailand stamp type PO3.jpg

PO3. Unidentified local manufacturer (digital), 2008.

As PO2D but value figures are different, narrower and thicker, and with a wide space between the "" and the first digit.
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a. Value figures without ""

NOTE: See the second Note below Type PO2.




Thailand stamp type PO4A.jpg
Thailand stamp type PO4.jpg
Thailand stamp type PO4ab.jpg


PO4. Unidentified local manufacturer (digital).
Stacked at left: country name in English, transaction number, date and time, "POSTAGE".
Stacked at right: country name in Thai, weight, origin post code, value figures.
A. Used on ordinary mail, with elongated elephant above the preprinted "THAILAND POST" logo
B. Used on registered mail, with registration number and RR left of a barcode instead of the elephant
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg B(0000)0.00 BAHT
a. With recipient's name added below value figures
b. With additional postage amount at left immediately above POSTAGE. This is probably the amount of postage pre-affixed when the mail piece was handed to the postal clerk.







GROUP PV: Variable-rate stamps generated by self-service vending machines[edit]


Thailand stamp type PV1.jpg

PV1. Thailand Post in cooperation with a local university (digital), 2006.

Label imperforate along top and bottom and with serpentine 'perforations' at the sides as used with types PO2 and PO3.
With barcode at bottom above the Thailand Post logo in blue and red (as found on type PO2D).
Ten machines were trialed in the Bangkok area.
The date is printed on the label, and they are valid only on the date of purchase.
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a. BAHT misspelled as BATH (shown)







The Hasler "Mailmaster" stamp shown below is inscribed entirely in Thai except for the town name at the bottom of the town mark. The status of the stamp is uncertain, but it may be a design used for local mail only.



Thailand local mail meter stamp.jpg