United States Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/GROUP L – Frank with profile of eagle

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GROUP L – Frank includes profile of eagle (Hasler)[edit]

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  • The Swiss company Hasler entered the U.S. postage meter market in 1981. Their U.S. agents were called IMS Hasler and later LEO Hasler until 1987 when the company merged with two other Swiss telecommunications companies to form the new mega-company ASCOM. The postage segment of ASCOM was called ASCOM Hasler. In 2002 ASCOM sold ASCOM Hasler to Neopost and since then Hasler brand meters have been distributed by Neopost USA.
  • All Group L franks are from mechanical meters and contain a profile of a complete eagle as a motif. Sub-group LA describes stamps with rectangular franks, and Sub-group LB describes open franks with outer frame line only at right.
  • Meter model: Mailmaster (5460 series, 6363, 9363, 9763, 133, and F-101). Both 3- and 4-bank meters are part of the Mailmaster family. Some 4-bank machines can print postage values up to 99.99 and others print values up to 9.999. Three-bank meters can print values up to 9.99 or .999. The 5460 series meters allow the removel of the slogan by flipping a lever. The other models (all ending in 3) do not have this feature.
  • Mailing machine models: 202 series (semi-automatic), 204 series (tape dispensing), 305 and 307 series (fully automatic)
  • All meter numbers have "H" prefix. Variations exist in the size and width of meter number digits and also in the font style used. This is most apparent in the numeral 3 which normally has a flat top but not always.
  • Group L meters were first used on July 24, 1981.



Sub-group LA – Wide rectangular design with profile of eagle at left facing right[edit]

USA meter stamp LA blank.jpg

  • "U.S. POSTAGE" in panel at top, large "H" with "METER" above number in panel at bottom
  • Three solid stars stacked at right
  • Only 3- and 4-bank value figures are known, but it is possible 5-bank meter versions (printing postage values up to 999.99 or 99.999) were used.
  • Earliest known use, July 24, 1981.






Type LA1 in 2001 edition

USA LA1.jpg

LA1.1. July 24, 1981.

Meter numbers in 2000000 series with 2131700 the lowest number found.
A. Large single circle town mark, 27 mm in diameter
B. Small single circle town mark, 23 mm in diameter MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
Both 3- and 4-bank models were used. The stamps are indistinguishable unless showing a postage value over 9.99.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(Range: 00.01 to 09.99 or 99.99 depending on 3- or 4-bank model)
a. With date but without town mark
b. With decimal missing from the value figures
c. With town, state and ZIP code in the town mark
d. With town and ZIP code but not state in the town mark: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgDALLAS-FORT WORTH AIR PORT / 75261 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 2404355, 2835729



Type LA2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp LA1p2.jpg

LA1.2.

As Type LA1.1 but with can print decimal fractions of a cent.
A. Large single circle town mark, 27 mm in diameter
B. Small single circle town mark, 23 mm in diameter
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(Range: 0.001 to 9.999)
a. With date but without town mark
b. With decimal missing from the value figures



Type LA3 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp LA1p3.jpg

LA1.3. Meter model "133".

Mailmaster sub-model 133.
As Type LA1.1 but 3-bank value figures cannot print fractions of a cent values.
A. Large single circle town mark, 27 mm in diameter
B. Small single circle town mark, 23 mm in diameter
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(Range: 0.01 to 9.99)
a. With date but without town mark
b. With town, state and ZIP code in the town mark: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg2584850, 2584863







Sub-group LB – Wide rectangular design with profile of eagle at left facing right[edit]

USA meter stamp LB blank.jpg

  • Frank without outer frame lines except at right with eight small stars immediately inside.
  • Meter number in one line at bottom with "H METER" prefix.
  • Three-, 4, and 5-bank value figures were used.
  • Earliest known use, November 17, 1983.





Type LB1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp LB1p1A.jpg
USA meter stamp LB1p1B.jpg
USA meter stamp LB1p1C.jpg

LB1.1. Hasler "Mailmaster". July 24, 1981.

The frank is 32.5-33 mm wide as measured from the left edge of the eagle to the frame line at right.
The right-most digit in the value figures falls under the "G" of POSTAGE.
A. Large single circle town mark, 27 mm in diameter
B. Small single circle town mark, 23 mm in diameter
C. Medium single circle town mark, 25 mm in diameter MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[S]
Meter numbers in 200,000-500,000 series and in 2,000,000 series.
Both 3- and 4-bank models were used. The stamps are indistinguishable unless showing a postage value over 9.99.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(Range: 00.01 to 09.99 or 99.99 depending on 3- or 4-bank model)
a. With date but without town mark MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
b. With town and ZIP code but not state in the town mark: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgDALLAS-FORT WORTH AIR PORT / 75261 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 2404066, 2574500
c. Town, state, and ZIP code at top of town mark, blank at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgALEXANDRIA LA 71301 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 526417
d. With zero preceding a 6-digit meter number: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0289584 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]




Type LB2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp LB1p2.jpg

LB1.2. Hasler "Mailmaster".

As Type LB1.1 but can print postage values including decimal fractions of a cent.
A. Large single circle town mark, 27 mm in diameter
B. Small single circle town mark, 23 mm in diameter
C. Medium single circle town mark, 25 mm in diameter
Meter numbers in 200,000-500,000 series and in 2,000,000 series.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.00 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(Range: 0.001 to 9.999)
a. With date but without town mark
b. Assembly error. Value Figures 0.0000 with right-most digit a full size zero rather than a colon or small underlined digit. (289001, 304716,342131)MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
c. With town and ZIP code but not state in the town mark: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgDALLAS-FORT WORTH AIR PORT / 75261 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 2404066, 239??2
d. Town, state and ZIP code at top of town mark, blank at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgRICHMOND VA 232 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 2544410 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[S]
e. Town mark with inverted number "3" in the ZIP code: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMAILED FROM ZIP CODE / 11543 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 322697 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRR-RRRR]



Type LB3 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp LB1p3.jpg

LB1.3. Hasler "Mailmaster".

As Type LB1.1 but 3-bank value figures cannot print fractions of a cent values. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[S]
Known only with large single circle town mark, 27 mm in diameter
Meter numbers in 300,000-500,000 series and in 2,000,000 series.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(Range: 0.01 to 9.99)
a. With date but without town mark MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
b. Town mark blank at top, state alone at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgCA MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 355423MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]



Type LB5 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp LB2p1.jpg

LB1.4. Hasler "Mailmaster". MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]

Frank is same width as Types LB1.1-LB1.3 (32.5-33 mm between left side of eagle to right frame line) but with the eagle's head truncated to accommodate a wider 5-bank value figure field.
A. Large single circle town mark, 27 mm in diameter
B. Medium single circle town mark, 25 mm in diameter
Meter numbers in 300,000-500,000 series.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00.00 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(Range: 00.001 to 99.999)

NOTE: Few meters of this design were put into use. Hasler soon realized they would have to widen the die to accommodate the wider 5-bank value figures.



Type LB4 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp LB2p1A1.jpg
USA meter stamp LB2p1B2.jpg

LB2.1. Hasler "Mailmaster".

Wider frank, 33-35 mm between left side of eagle and the right frame line.
A. "U.S. POSTAGE" 16 mm wide.
A1. Large single circle town mark, 27 mm in diameter
A2. Small single circle town mark, 23 mm in diameter MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
A3. Medium single circle town mark, 25 mm in diameter
B. "U.S. POSTAGE" is wider at 18 mm.
B1. Large single circle town mark, 27 mm in diameter
B2. Medium single circle town mark, 25 mm in diameter
Meter numbers in 300,000-800,000 series.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00.00 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(Range: 00.001 to 99.999)
USA meter stamp LB2p2aa.jpg
USA meter stamp LB2p2dd.jpg
a. With top of town mark blank, town and state at bottom:
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgSEATTLE WASHINGTON MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 463633
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgSEATTLE WA. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 458168, 502692
b. With ZIP code but without state in town mark: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgPIEDMONT TRIAD AREA 27102 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 703807
c. Town mark reads: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMAILED FROM SCF 230 / VA.
d. Town mark reads: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgSUB GMF / MD MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 715172







Type LB6 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp LB2p3.jpg

LB2.2. Hasler "Mailmaster".

Wide frank as with LB2.1 but with 4-bank value figures including fractions of a cent.
Found only with large single circle town mark, 27 mm in diameter.
Meter numbers in 400,000 series.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.00 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(Range: 0.001 to 9.999)
a. With top of town mark blank, town and state at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgSEATTLE WASHINGTON MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 463628



Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp LB3.jpg

LB3. Hasler "Mailmaster". MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[S]

Very similar to LB2.1B2 but with slight differences that indicate it comes from a different Mailmaster sub-model.
Frank is 33-34.5 mm wide, midway between the LB1 and LB2 types.
Meter numbers in 100,000 series (the only LB stamp with meter numbers in this series).
Seen only with medium single circle town mark, 25 mm in diameter.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00.00 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(Range: 00.001 to 99.999)