United States Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/GROUP PO – Franks generated by meters operated by Post Office window clerks

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GROUP PO: Franks generated by meters and franking systems operated by Post Office window clerks[edit]

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  • In 1934, 1935, and 1936 postage meters were placed in post offices on an experimental basis. The machines were meant for use primarily on high postage mail but were soon used on routine mail as well. The experiment was to see if meters would speed operations by allowing clerks to generate a single meter stamp instead of rooting around for the correct combination of sheet stamps for registered, insured, and multi-ounce mail. The experiment was considered a success, and by 1940 meter use in post offices had spread across the country.
  • The Post Office Department experimented with both regular commercial-use meters modified for Post Office needs and meters that were custom designed for use in Post Offices. Sub-group PO-A describes modified commercial meters, and Sub-group PO-B describes stamps from machines custom designed for use in Post Offices.
  • The earliest known use of meter in a Post Office is December 26, 1934. The earliest use of a custom designed Post Office meter is February 6, 1935.



Sub-group PO-A: Stamps generated by commercial postage meters modified for use in post offices[edit]

  • The earliest uses of meters in post offices was experimental. Six Pitney Bowes "J" model series machines and five NCR meters (PO-A1, PO-A2) were trialed in high volume post offices for several months from late 1934 to 1936. The success of these tests led to an expansion. In 1936 a few thousand Pitney Bowes "JD" model series machines and several hundred National Postal Meter machines (PO-A3/-A4/-A5) were placed in post offices. The use of meters in post offices became widespread starting in 1940 with the purchase of tens of thousands of Pitney Bowes' new model "R" series machines (PO-A6). Nearly all post offices in the nation, save the smaller rural venues, received one.
  • Most Post Office meter stamps are printed in red, but blue, green, orange, purple, and black stamps are occasionally found.




Type PO-FB6 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A1p1C.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A1p1E.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A1p1aa.jpg

PO-A1.1. Pitney Bowes "J", December 26, 1934.

As Type FB2.2 but the meter number has P.O. prefix (except for variety a).
Four machines were placed in five high volume post offices for trials:
A. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgP.O.90059 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg CITY HALL ANNEX / NEW YORK, N.Y. (horizontal) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[S]
B. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgP.O.90060 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg NEW YORK, N.Y. (curved) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]
C. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgP.O.90060 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MAD. SQ. STA. / NEW YORK, N.Y. (horizontal) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[S]
D. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgP.O.90061 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg BROOKLYN, N.Y. (curved) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
E. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgP.O.90062 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg WASHINGTON / D.C. (curved) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[S]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(range: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00½ to 9.99½)
a. Without "P.O." prefix: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg90016 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MAD. SQ. STA. / NEW YORK, N.Y. (horizontal) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]

NOTES:

USA meter stamp PO-A1p1NOTE.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A1p1slogan.jpg
  • Meter P.O.90060 ("NEW YORK / N.Y.", PO-A1.1B) was the first meter used in a U.S. post office. It was used during December 1934 and withdrawn on the last day of the month. December 20 is the earliest date reported. A different meter, 90016 (PO-A1.1a) was placed in the same post office on January 4, 1935. It was used for ten days only before being replaced by the earlier meter, P.O.90060, with new town mark "MAD. SQ. STA. / NEW YORK, N.Y." (PO-A1.1C) on January 15, 1935. Both P.O.90060 with town mark "NEW YORK / N.Y." and 90016 with town mark "MAD. SQ. STA. / NEW YORK, N.Y." are extremely rare.
  • First day of use for meter P.O.90061 was January 3, 1935.
  • First day of use for meter P.O.90062 was March 8, 1935.
  • Examples are known with slogan commemorating the silver jubilee of parcel post in 1938.
  • Most examples known are loose tapes. Examples on cover are considerably rarer.

The December 20 date is known on three zero cent proof tapes. The earliest date known on a postally used tape is December 26, 1934. Very likely the machine was installed earlier in the month or perhaps even in November to see if a meter would speed the franking of Christmas parcels.





Type PO-FB8 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A1p2A.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A1p2D.jpg

PO-A1.2. Pitney Bowes "J".

As Type FB2.4 but the meter number has P.O. prefix (except for variety a).
Meter P.O.90061 (PO-A1.1) and two other machines were used in post offices after the meter dies were re-engraved with larger inscriptions in the upper corners:
A. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgP.O.90061 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg BROOKLYN / N.Y. (curved) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
B. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgP.O.90649 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg CITY HALL ANNEX / NEW YORK, N.Y. (curved or horizontal???) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]
C. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgP.O.90796 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg BROOKLYN / N.Y. (horizontal) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]
D. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgP.O.90796 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg CHURCH ST. ANNEX / NEW YORK, N.Y. (horizontal) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(range: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00½ to 9.99½)
a. Without "P.O." prefix: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg90630 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MAD. SQ. STA. / NEW YORK, N.Y. (horizontal) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]

NOTE: Most examples known are loose tapes. Examples on cover are considerably rarer.



Type PO-EC1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A2A.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A2B.jpg

PO-A2. National Cash Register Company March 7, 1936. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R/RR]

As Type EC1.1 but the meter number has P.O. prefix.
The machines were installed on February 24, 1936 and first placed into use on March 7, 1936.
Five machines were used in six locations:
A. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgP.O. 101 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg WASHINGTON, D.C.
B. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgP.O. 102 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg City Hall Annex, NEW YORK, N.Y.
C. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgP.O. 102 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg Church St. Annex, NEW YORK, N.Y.
D. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgP.O. 104 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg CHICAGO, ILL.
F. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgP.O. 105 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg BROOKLYN, N.Y.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(range: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00½ to 9.99½)

A proof from a sixth machine, P.O. 106 "DAYTON, OHIO", exists. It is possible the machine was placed in the Dayton Ohio post office for an early local trial (NCR's headquarters are in Dayton), but used stamps are not known to exist.

NOTE: Nearly all examples known are loose tapes. Few covers exist.





Type PO-GA1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A3p1C.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A3p1D.jpg

PO-A3.1. Pitney Bowes "JD/JDC", 1936. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R/RR]

As Type GA1 but the town mark contains P. and O. at the sides.
Four machines were fielded:
A. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg92745 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg CHICAGO / ILL.
B. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg95715 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg WASHINGTON / D.C.
C. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg95935 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg PLEASANTVILLE / N.Y.
D. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg96721 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg NEW YORK / N.Y.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0 00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(range: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0 01 to 99 99)





Type PO-GA2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A3p2D.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A3p2E.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A3p2F.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A3p2G.jpg

PO-A3.2. Pitney Bowes "JD/JDC".

As Type GA2 but the town mark contains P. and O. at the sides.
Several thousand of these machines were fielded, and many varieties of town mark exist.
Meter numbers: 91000-93999, 95000-97999 series
Town mark sub-types:
A. Town at top, state at bottom
B. Station name at top, town and state at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg93223, 93845, 93968, 95668, 96721, 96774, 96778
C. Town and state at top, station name at bottom
D. Town and state at top, "STATION" and number at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg96798
E. Town and state at top, station name and "P.P." (for Parcel Post) at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg96768, 95693
F. Town and state at top, zone number at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg93643, 96690, 96796 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
G. Town and state at top, "POST OFFICE" at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg96797 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg PHILADELPHIA PA.MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
H. Town and state at top, "PARCEL POST" at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg96778, 96797
I. Town and state at top, "PARCEL POST NO." and number at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg96777 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg BROOKLYN N.Y. / PARCEL POST No.2
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg96781 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg BROOKLYN N.Y. / PARCEL POST No.3
J. Town and state at top, blank at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg93643 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg DETROIT, MICH. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg . 00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(range: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg . 00½ to 9.99½)

These are the numbers seen or reported. Other numbers for all these sub-types probably exist.

USA meter stamp PO-A3p2HIJ.jpg








Type PO-HA4-1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A4p1A.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A4p1aa.jpg

PO-A4.1. National Postal Meter model "14". MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]

As Type HA2.1 but the meter number has P.O.––No prefix.
One meter only: 6055 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg LOS ANGELES CALIF.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg USA meter stamp H VF A.jpeg
a. After the meter was withdrawn from service in the post office it was assigned to a private firm in error with the meter number prefix unchanged, town mark "VULTEE FIELD / CALIF."





Type PO-HA4-2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A4p2B.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A4p2C.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A4p2E.jpg

PO-A4.2 National Postal Meter model "14", 1939.

As Type HA2.1 but the meter number has P.O.– prefix and –NPM suffix.
Town mark sub-types:
A. Town at top, state at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6153, 6927 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[S]
B. Town and state at top, station name at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6178, 6372, 6926, 6927, 6930, 6934 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[C]
C. Town and state at top, station name and "P.P." at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6162, 6894, 6937, 6942, 6943 (all CHICAGO ILL. / OLD P.O. ANNEX P.P.) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[S]
D. Town and state at top, "PARCEL POST" at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6153, 6176, 6177, 6928, 6929, 6930, 6931, 6933, 6935, 6936, 6938, 6939, 6940, 6941, 6944 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[C]
E. Town and state at top, "PARCEL POST NO." and number at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6932 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg NEWARK N.J. / PARCEL POST NO. 1 (in use from July 30, 1940 to April 1, 1942) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRR]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg USA meter stamp H VF A.jpeg
USA meter stamp PO-A4p2aa.jpg
a. With "SEC. 562 P.L.&R." directional slug reading up at right (probably an error): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6372 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg WASHINGTON, D.C. / BENJAMIN FRANKLIN STA.
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6931 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg PITTSBURGH PA. / PARCEL POST
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6940 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg INDIANAPOLIS IND. / PARCEL POST

These are the numbers seen or reported. Other numbers for all these sub-types probably exist.

NOTE: Meter 6931 (PITTSBURGH PA. / PARCEL POST) was used with a slogan commemorating National Letter Writing Week, October 6-12, 1940.

USA meter stamp PO-A4p2NOTE.jpg







Type PO-HA4-3 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A4p3.jpg

PO-A4.3. National Postal Meter model "14", 1942. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R/RR]

The frank is unchanged from the commercial use meter design (Type HA2.1 with N.P.M.–––No meter number prefix). Post Office use is indicated in the town mark.
A. "PARCEL POST" at bottom of town mark:
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6138 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg NEWARK, N.J.
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6254 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg PITTSBURGH, PA.
B. Station name and "P.P." at bottom of town mark: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6894 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg CHICAGO ILL. / OLD P.O. ANNEX P.P.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg USA meter stamp H VF A.jpeg

NOTE: Meter 6415 with town mark "NEW YORK / N.Y." was used in a post office, New York's Madison Square Station, without any indication of post office use in the design.



Type PO-HA5-1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A4p4.jpg

PO-A4.4 National Postal Meter model "14", 1942. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[S/RRR]

As Type PO-A4.2 but with broken-inner-circle town mark.
Seven meters are known:
A. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6176 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg PHILADELPHIA / PA.
B. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6927 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg NEW YORK / N.Y.
C. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6930 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg NEW YORK / N.Y.
D. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6939 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg DALLAS / TEX.
E. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6941 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg COLUMBUS / OHIO.
F. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6944 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg SEATTLE / WASH.
G. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6970 reported but unseen by us
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg USA meter stamp H VF A.jpeg



Type PO-HA5-2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A4p5.jpg

PO-A4.5. National Postal Meter model "14", 1946. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]

As Type PO-A4.2 but with single circle town mark.
One meter only: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgP.O.–6943–NPM MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg CHICAGO ILL. / OLD P.O. ANNEX P.P.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg USA meter stamp H VF A.jpeg




Type PO-HB2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A5A.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A5C.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A5D.jpg

PO-A5. National Postal Meter model "14", 1940.

As Type HB2 but with post office use indicated in the town mark.
Four sub-types found:
A. "PARCEL POST" at bottom
B. "P.P." alone at bottom MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRR]
C. Station name at bottom (two known): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6840 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg WASHINGTON, D.C. / BENJAMIN FRANKLIN STA.
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg8345 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg NEW YORK, N.Y. / MADISON SQUARE
D. Station name and "P.P." at bottom (one known): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 9391 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg CHICAGO ILL. / OLD P.O. ANNEX P.P. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]
Meter numbers in 7000 to 9000 series.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg USA meter stamp H VF C.jpeg MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(range: .00½ to 9.99½)
a. With advertising slogan from private firm: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg7889 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRR]




Type PO-IA3 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A6p1A.jpg

PO-A6.1. Pitney Bowes "R", 1940.

As Type IA3 but with post office use indicated in the town mark.
A. "POST OFFICE" at bottom of town mark MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[S]
B. "P." and "O." at sides of town mark MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRR]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg.00



Type PO-IA4A in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A6p2A.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A6p2B.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A6p2cc.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A6p2dd.jpg

PO-A6.2. Pitney Bowes "R" series, 1942.

As Type IA4.1 but with post office use indicated in the town mark.
A. "POST OFFICE" at bottom of town mark
B. "P." and "O." at sides of town mark
C. "US" and "PS" at sides of town mark MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]
D. "PS" at left, "US" at right (error): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg183180MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRR]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00 :
a. As B, with advertising slogan from private firm (error): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
- 306178
- 337631
- 367660
b. As B, town at top of town mark, state and zone number at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg195559MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
c. As B, town and state at top of town mark, ZIP code at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg182653MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
d. As B, town and state at top of town mark, station name at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[S]
- 107053
- 176795
- 312468
e. As B, town and state at top of town mark, bottom blank: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
- 121060
USA meter stamp PO-A6p2gg.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A6p2hh.jpg
- 392052
f. With town and state at top of town mark, station name at bottom. Without "POST OFFICE", "P. O.", OR "US PS": MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg176795 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg FREDERICK, MD. / LILYPONS RURAL STA.MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
g. As f, with "CONTRACT STA." and number at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[S]
- 183980 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg SEATTLE, WASH. / CONTRACT STA. 55
- 196384 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg BELLINGHAM, WASH. / CONTRACT STA. 3
- 320361 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg SPOKANE WASH. / CONTRACT STA. 12
- 333766 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg SPOKANE, WASH. / CONTRACT STA. 10
- 339986 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg SEATTLE WASH. / CONTRACT STA. 6
h. As g, with "CONTRACT STA. No." and number at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg179940 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg YAKIMA, WASH. / CONTRACT STA. No.5MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
USA meter stamp PO-A6p2ii.jpg
i. Without indication of post office use in the town mark but with slogan indicating use at a postal substation. The slogan contains "MAILED FROM" or "MAILED AT", the name of the store or location, and "STATION" or "SUB-STATION" with number. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[S]


USA meter stamp PO-A6p2NOTE.jpg

NOTE: Stamps of Type PO-A6.2 were used in a number of post offices to surcharge postal cards and possibly other postal stationery on hand after changes in rates. These were not officially authorized by the Post Office Department but were tolerated, i.e. allowed through the mail. Other Post Office stamp types may also have been used in this fashion.






Type PO-IA4B in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A6p3B.jpg

PO-A6.3. Pitney Bowes "RF/RT". MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]

As Type IA4.2 but with post office use indicated in the town mark.
A. "P." and "O." at sides of town mark
B. "US" and "PS" at sides of town mark
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00 :
a. As A, with "PRESORTED / FIRST CLASS" slug (error): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg696425



Type PO-IA10A in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A6p4A.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A6p4B.jpg

PO-A6.4. Pitney Bowes "RT-3".

As Type IA4.5 but with post office use indicated in the town mark.
A. "POST OFFICE" at bottom of town mark MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
B. "P." and "O." at sides of town mark
C. "US" and "PS" at sides of town mark MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
D. As C, but "PS" at left and "US" at right (error) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRR]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(colon dots widely spaced)
a. As B, with town and state at top of town mark, blank at bottom MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]
b. As B, with slogan or slug indicating private use (error) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
c. With "CONTRACT STA." and number at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ??? MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ???. / CONTRACT STA. ???



Type PO-IA10B in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A6p5B.jpg

PO-A6.5. Pitney Bowes "RT-3".

As Type IA4.6 but with post office use indicated in the town mark.
A. "POST OFFICE" at bottom of town mark MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
B. "P." and "O." at sides of town mark
C. "US" and "PS" at sides of town mark MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(colon dots widely spaced)
a. As A, with "PRESORTED / FIRST CLASS" slug (error):
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg679790
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg696425
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg752691



Type PO-IA12A in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A6p6.jpg

PO-A6.6. Pitney Bowes "RT-4". MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]

As Type IA4.8 but with "P" and "O" at the sides of the town mark.
All examples seen were assigned in error to private firms. Most have a slug or slogan at left.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg



Type PO-IA12B in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A6p7A.jpg

PO-A6.7. Pitney Bowes "RT-4".

As Type IA4.9 but with post office use indicated in the town mark.
All examples seen were assigned in error to private firms. Most have a slug or slogan at left.
A. "P." and "O." at sides of town mark: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg748966
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg789609
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg794087
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg797087
B. "US" and "PS" at sides of town mark: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg781747 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00



Type PO-IC1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A7p1.jpg

PO-A7.1. Pitney Bowes "5300". MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]

As Type IC1 but with "P" and "O" at sides of town mark.
Two meters reported:
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg534852 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg BOULDER / COLO.
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg542773
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00 :



Type PO-IC2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A7p2.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A7p2aa.jpg

PO-A7.2. Pitney Bowes "5302". MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]

As Type IC2 but with post office use indicated in the town mark.
One meter reported: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg530119 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg STAMFORD / CONN.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00 :
a. Without indication of post office use in the town mark but with slogan indicating use at a postal substation: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg527536 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg LANCASTER / PA.





Type PO-IC3A in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A7p3B.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A7p3C.jpg

PO-A7.3. Pitney Bowes "5303".

As Type IC3.1 but with post office use indicated in the town mark.
A. "P" and "O" at sides of town mark, wavy line triad at left of value figures has widely spaced lines
B. "P" and "O" at sides of town mark, wavy line triad at left of value figures has narrowly spaced lines MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
C. "US" and "PS" at sides of town mark, wavy line triad at left of value figures has widely spaced lines
D. "US" and "PS" at sides of town mark, wavy line triad at left of value figures has narrowly spaced lines MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
Meter numbers in the 500000, 950000, 960000, and 980000 series
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0 .00
a. Town mark reads "LOS ANGELES OLYMPICS / 1984. Two meters were used at different times at the Water Polo, Tennis, and Gymnastivcs venues at the 1984 Summer Olympics: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg954251 and 959772 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRR]



Type PO-IC3B in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A7p4C.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A7p4D.jpg

PO-A7.4. Pitney Bowes 5336/5382".

As Type IC3.2 but with post office use indicated in the town mark.
A. "P" and "O" at sides of town mark, wavy line triad at left of value figures has widely spaced lines MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
B. "P" and "O" at sides of town mark, wavy line triad at left of value figures has narrowly spaced lines MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
C. "US" and "PS" at sides of town mark, wavy line triad at left of value figures has widely spaced lines
D. "US" and "PS" at sides of town mark, wavy line triad at left of value figures has narrowly spaced lines
E. As C but "PS" at left and "US" at right (error) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRR]
Meter numbers in the 950000, 960000, and 3300000 series
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0 .00
a. Town mark reads "LOS ANGELES OLYMPICS / 1984. Thirty (30) meters were used at different times at various venues at the 1984 Summer Olympics. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]
USA meter stamp PO-A7p4bb.jpg
b. As D, town and state at top of town mark, ZIP code at bottom:
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg3344772
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg3345246
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg3359388
c. With redundant state abbreviation in the town mark: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg3352778 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ADDIS LA / LAMeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRR]



Type PO-IC4A in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A7p5A.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A7p5B.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A7p5C.jpg

PO-A7.5. Pitney Bowes "5308/5318".

As Type IC4.1 but with post office use indicated in the town mark.
A. "P" and "O" at sides of town mark
B. "US" and "PS" at sides of town mark
C. As B, but "PS" at left and "US" at right (error): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg934933MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
Meter numbers in 500000, 800000, and 900000 series.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg . 00
a. As A, town and state at top of town mark, blank at bottom:
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg595517
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg818958
b. As A, town and state at top of town mark, station name at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg575646
c. With slogan from private firm (error)
USA meter stamp PO-A7p5aa.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A7p5bb.jpg
d. Used at "Hemisfair" exhibition temporary post office: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg873416 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg HEMISFAIR 68 / TEX.MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
e. As A, with four long dashes at left ("Parcelmatic lines") (error).








Type PO-IC4B in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A7p6A.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A7p6B.jpg

PO-A7.6. Pitney Bowes 5335/5380".

As Type IC4.2 but with post office use indicated in the town mark.
A. "P" and "O" at sides of town mark MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg582763
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg931824
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg3013425
B. "US" and "PS" at sides of town mark MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg3028765
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg3325067
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg3325941
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg . 00



Type PO-IC8A in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A7p7.jpg

PO-A7.7. Pitney Bowes 5322". MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]

As Type IC8.1 but with "P" and "O" in the town mark.
One meter reported: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg879933 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE / CALIF.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00



Type PO-IC8B in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A7p8D.jpg

PO-A7.8. Pitney Bowes 5337/5383".

As Type IC8.2 but with post office use indicated in the town mark.
A. "P" and "O" at sides of town mark, wavy line triad at left of value figures has widely spaced lines MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg333207
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg2750212
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg3311271
B. "P" and "O" at sides of town mark, wavy line triad at left of value figures has narrowly spaced lines: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6842135 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]
C. "US" and "PS" at sides of town mark, wavy line triad at left of value figures has widely spaced lines: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg3332866 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]
D. "US" and "PS" at sides of town mark, wavy line triad at left of value figures has narrowly spaced lines: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg2763736
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg3351140
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg3343299
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00



Type PO-IE1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A8A better image.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A8C.jpg

PO-A8. Pitney Bowes "6500", 1981.

As Type IE1 but with post office use indicated in the town mark.
A. "P" and "O" at sides of town mark, wavy line triad at left of value figures has widely spaced lines: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6005282 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]
B. "P" and "O" at sides of town mark, wavy line triad at left of value figures has narrowly spaced lines: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6842135 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]
C. "US" and "PS" at sides of town mark, wavy line triad at left of value figures has widely spaced lines:
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6007263
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6104882
D. "US" and "PS" at sides of town mark, wavy line triad at left of value figures has narrowly spaced lines MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[C]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0 .00
USA meter stamp PO-A8dd.jpg
a. As C, with "US" and "PS" partially removed
b. With slogan from private firm (error)
c. With four long dashes at left ("Parcelmatic lines")
d. With directional slug (error)



Type PO-IG1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A9p1.jpg

PO-A9.1. Pitney Bowes "A900", 1981. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]

As Type IG1 but with post office use indicated in the town mark.
A. "P" and "O" at sides: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg8075810
B. "US" and "PS" at sides: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg8078462
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0 .00


Type PO-IG2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A9p2.jpg

PO-A9.2. Pitney Bowes "A900". MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRR]

As Type IG2 but with "US" and "PS" at the sides of the town mark.
One meter reported: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg8326125 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg SAN ANTONIO / TX.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0 .00



Type PO-JA1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A10p1.jpg

PO-A10.1. Postalia "KF-1501".

As Type JA1.1 but with post office use indicated in the town mark.
One meter known: "US" and "PS" at sides: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg614761 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg FOREST PARK / IL (used April 1985 to August 1987) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00



Type PO-JA5 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A10p2.jpg

PO-A10.2. Postalia "KF-1501", 1979. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRR]

As Type JA2.1 but with "USPO" at bottom of town mark.
Two meters seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg607634 and 608254, both "LITTLETON, COLO. ORCHARD PLAZA BR."
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00




Type PO-JA14 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A10p3.jpg

PO-A10.3. Postalia "T-1000". MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[S]

As Type JA3.2 but with "USPS" at top of town mark.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00.00

NOTE. Many Postalia "T1000" model meters were used in smaller post offices throughout the country. In most cases the stamps did not show any indication of post office use in the town mark.



Type PO-JB1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A11p1.jpg

PO-A11.1. Postalia "7000" (Electronic). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R-RRR]

As Type JB1.1 but with "US" and "PS" at sides of town mark.
One known: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg720868 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg RUTLAND / VT
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00



Type PO-JB1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A11p2.jpg

PO-A11.2. Postalia "7000" (Electronic). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R-RRR]

As Type JB1.1 but with "USPS" at bottom of town mark.
One known: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg701441 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg DAVIS CA EL MACERO CPO
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00



Type PO-KB1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A12p1.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A12p1bb.jpg

PO-A12.1. Friden "9222".

As Type KB1.1 but with "P" and "O" at the sides of the town mark.
Meter number with serif "F" prefix.
Meter numbers in 030000 and 200000 series.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00
a. In 030000 series without "P" and "O" in the town mark
b. Town at top of town mark, state and ZIP code at bottom MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
c. With slogan from private firm (error): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg205053 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
d. Line missing under "U.S.POSTAGE": MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg223037
e. As d but with line also missing above the meter number: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg222272



Type PO-KB3 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A12p2A.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A12p2B.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A12p2C.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-A12p2D.jpg

PO-A12.2. Friden "9222".

As Type KB2.1 but with "P" and "O" at the sides of the town mark.
A. Meter number with serif "F" prefix
B. Meter number with sanserif "F" prefix
C. Meter number with sanserif "S" prefix MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
D. Meter number with small sanserif "F" prefix (top of "F" is lower than top of meter number) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[S]
Meter numbers in 030000 and 200000 series.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00
a. As A, in 030000 series without "P" and "O" in the town mark
b. As B, in 030000 series without "P" and "O" in the town mark
c. As A, with slogan from private firm (error)
d. As A, town mark contains "P" and "O" only without town and state: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg223077 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]
e. As A, the "P" and "O" in the town mark are aligned so that their bottoms rather than their sides touch the circle: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg030963 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg BECKLEY / W.VA.
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg030965 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg DUNBAR / W.VA.
f. As B, value figures without wavy line triad at right: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 223887
g. Line missing above meter number
h. As g but with line also missing below "U.S.POSTAGE"
USA meter stamp PO-A12p2ee.jpg








Type PO-KB4 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A12p3.jpg

PO-A12.3. Friden "9227". MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]

As Type KB2.2 but with "P" and "O" at the sides of the town mark.
Meter number with serif "F" prefix.
Meter numbers in the 310000 series.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00
a. Line missing below "U.S.POSTAGE"


Type PO-KB5 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A12p4.jpg

PO-A12.4. Friden "9228". MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]

As Type KB2.3 but with "P" and "O" at the sides of the town mark.
Meter number with serif "F" prefix.
Meter numbers in the 041000 and 320000 series.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00



Type PO-KB6 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A12p5.jpg

PO-A12.5. Friden "9222". MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]

As Type KB3.1 but with "P" and "O" at the sides of the town mark. The two letters are aligned so that their bottoms rather than their sides touch the circle.
Meter number with small serif "F" prefix.
One meter only: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg238522 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg BECKLEY / W.VA.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00

NOTE: In use during an unknown period in May and possibly June 1993. Only two examples are known.



Type PO-KE1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A13p1.jpg

PO-A13.1. Friden "9232". MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]

As Type KE1.1 but with "P" and "O" at the sides of the town mark.
Meter number with sanserif "F" prefix.
Four meters known:
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg5003677
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg5005429
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg5005798
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg5113283
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00
a. With "P" and "O" partially removed (meters 5005798 and 5113283 seen this way)



Type PO-KE3 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A13p2.jpg

PO-A13.2. Friden "9238" MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]

As Type KE1.3B but with "P" and "O" at the sides of the town mark.
Meter number with sanserif "F" prefix.
Four meters known:
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg8000860 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg KNOXVILLE / TENN.(used at the World's Fair Station in 1983)
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg8010316 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg KNOXVILLE / TENN.(used at the World's Fair Station in 1983)
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg8211723 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg SHREVEPORT / LA.
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg8201089 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg CHICAGO / ILL.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.00
a. With four sets of small vertical dashes left of the town mark:

MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg8010316, 8201089

b. With two horizontal rows of vertical dashes left of TM: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg8211723



Type PO-KF1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A14.jpg

PO-A14. Friden Alcatel "9232". MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]

As Type KF1.1 but with "USPS" at bottom of town mark.
Two known:
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgF2210246 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg SIOUX FALLS SD STA. NO 2
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgF2229176 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg SIOUX FALLS SD STA. NO 4
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.00



Type PO-LA1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A15.jpg

PO-A15. Hasler "Mailmaster". MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]

As Type LA1.1 but with "US" and "PS" at the sides of the town mark.
One meter only: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgH2141920 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg HOUSTON / T.
One example only known, dated January 25, 1982.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00.00



Type PO-LB1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A16p1.jpg

PO-A16.1. Hasler "Mailmaster". MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]

As Type LB1.1 but with "C.S." (for Contract Station) after the town name.
One known: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg2584335 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg FARMINGTON C.S. / N.M.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00.00



Type PO-LB1 in 2001 edition

Image needed.jpg

PO-A16.2. Hasler "Mailmaster". MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]

As Type LB1.1 but with "USPS" in the town mark.
Two known: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg583407 and 593468, both WINDCREST CPU SAN ANTONIO TX USPS
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00.00




Type PO-LB4 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A16p2.jpg

PO-A16.3. Hasler "Mailmaster". MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]

As Type LB2.1 but with "USPS" and station name in the town mark.
Two known: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg707866 and 714282, both BOWLING GREEN OH 43402 USPS STATION 1
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00.00

NOTE: The one example we have seen has "PRESORTED FIRST CLASS" directional slug at left.



Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A17.jpg

PO-A17.1. Neopost-Hasler "IJ-25”.

As Type QA1.1 but with "USPS" vertical replacing the torch-in-hand at left of "US POSTAGE".
Inscribed N neopost
Meter number with 042J prefix.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg $0.00



Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A17p2.jpg

PO-A17.2. Neopost-Hasler "IJ-25”.

As Type PO-A17.1 but inscribed neopostN.
Meter number with 042J prefix.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg $0.00




Type PO-SB1-1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A18p1.jpg

PO-A18.1. Neopost-Hasler "PostLink”. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]

As Type QA2 but meter number has "01US" prefix.
Used in contract post offices.
Seen on label with "Secure Funds / by HASLER" at upper right.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg $0.00


Type PO-SB1-2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A18p2A.jpg

PO-A18.2. Neopost-Hasler "PostLink”.

As Type QA2 but with "USPS" reading up at lower right.
Used in contract post offices.
Meter number with "011T" prefix.
Seen on two labels:
A. With "Secure Funds / by HASLER" at upper right MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
B. Blank at upper right MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg $0.00


Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp PO-A19.jpg

PO-A19. Francotyp-Postalia.

As Type QC1.2 but with "USPS" over "CPU" and small "FP" logo replacing the large "FP logo.
Meter number with 031A prefix.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg $00.00





Sub-group PO-B: Special Post Office machine stamps with no counterpart among general use meter stamps[edit]

  • The earliest stamps included here come from machines designed for franking parcel post, i.e. they could weigh parcels and produced stamps on adhesive tape. Later machines also included a weight scale and produced stamps on tape but they were designed to frank all mail, not just parcel post.




USPMSC: POX-A1

USA stamp type PO1.jpg

PO-B1. International Business Machine (MV), February 6, 1935 to May 23, 1938.

IBM built six or possibly seven machines designed primarily for franking parcel post but which were used for other classes of mail as well. The machine included a weight scale as an integral part.
The stamps are similar to Group E stamps in that they are printed on tapes of the same size and have groups of wavy lines in the corners.
"U.S. POSTAGE" at top, meter number and town name at bottom
Meter number with "METER" prefix and "P.O." suffix
Across the center are a serial number, the weight and zone, and the value figures at right.
Five machines were trialed:
A. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00001 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg NEW YORK, N.Y. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]
B. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00002 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg WASHINGTON, D.C. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]
C. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00003 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg PHILADELPHIA, PA.MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]
D. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00004 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg NEW YORK, N.Y. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRR]
E. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00005 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg WASHINGTON, D.C.MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$ .00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$ 0.00
USA meter stamp PO-B1 on piece.jpg
a. With "FEE" replacing weight and zone number in center of stamp, intended to indicate payment for extra services such as special delivery, insurance, etc.

NOTES:

  • Meter 00007 was reportedly used for a short time by retailer Montgomery Ward in Chicago, Illinois, not in a post office. Examples have never been seen or reported by collectors.
  • Meter 00006 presumably was built but no information about the machine has been found.
  • Nearly all the stamps known are loose tapes. A small number are known affixed to small cut-outs, but only a single PO-B1 stamp is known on large, cover-size piece, shown at right.



USPMSC: POX-B1

USA stamp type PO2.jpg

PO-B2. National Cash Register (MV), 1959. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Extremely rare, value unknown]

Used in Alexandria, Virginia post office for five months in 1959.
Although about 50,000 stamps were sold, only a single cover with two 2-cent stamps affixed is known to survive.
"U.S. POSTAGE PAID" at top above "N.C.R. METER No. 1234" and "Alexandria, Va. P. O.".
The date is in the center, and the value figures are at the bottom.
Columns of arcs are located at both sides. Possibly these are end-of-roll markings and not part of the stamp design.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg $ 0.00




USPMSC: POX-C1

USA stamp type PO3.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-B3p1bb.jpg

PO-B3.1. Electronic Communications, Inc. (National Cash Register) (MV), 1974. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]

Used at various post offices in Flushing, New York from 1974 to about the mid-1980s.
Horizontal design with outer frame line at top and sides with rounded corners.
Profile of eagle at left looking right.
Text at right is "US POSTAGE/ FLUSHING/ NY 113".
Added in a separate step across the bottom are the meter number, date and postage value.
M# with "NCR"" prefix. Numbers seen: 022 through 291 ( not all numbers used).
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00
a. With "REGISTERED NO" and number added across the bottom MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRR]
b. Without meter number, blank below "NCR" and eagle. This was an error produced by machine NCR271 for a short time.MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]





USPMSC: POX-C2

USA stamp type PO4.jpg

PO-B3.2. Electronic Communications, Inc. (National Cash Register) (MV), 1978. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[S]

Very similar to Type PO-B3.1 but the design is somewhat smaller, and the outer frame has square corners.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00
a. With "REGISTERED NO" and number added across the bottom (shown) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRR]




USPMSC: POX-D1

USA stamp type PO5.jpg

PO-B4. Friden (Frama) (MV), August 1984 to February 1985. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]

Rectangular design with single outer frame line indented deeply at left for the date.
Above the date is the town name and below is the state abbreviation.
At right two shafts of wheat flank an inner box containing the value figures.
Above the value figures is "U.S. POSTAGE" and below is "PAID" above the meter number.
Meter numbers 7000001 through 7000039 used in five cities:
A. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgBOSTON MA: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 7000001, -2, -3, -6, -7
B. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgPHILADELPHIA PA: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 7000026, -27, -28, -29
C. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgST. LOUIS MO: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 7000011, -12, -13, -15
D. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgCHARLOTTE NC: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 7000022
E. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgSAN JOSE CA.: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 7000033, -37, 39
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00

NOTE: The meter numbers listed are verified. Other numbers may have been in use.



USPMSC: POX-E1

USA stamp type PO6A.jpg

PO-B5.1. Intermec (digital), July 31, 1985. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]

The Intermec series (PO-B5.1/5.3) is the second trial in U.S.P.S.'s "Postage Validation Imprinters" series.
Printed thermally on heat-sensitive, self-adhesive labels with fluorescent stripe at right. The design is applied by a computer-controlled variable dot matrix element and not by a fixed die or print head.
The design is of an eagle with wings spread over boxes containing town and date at left and "U.S. POSTAGE" above value figures at right.
Four machines were used. All were inscribed "Vienna / VA" and had the same identification number "U.S.P.S. 123456".
In use six months from July 31, 1985 to January 1986.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgØØØ.ØØ

NOTE: Nearly all known PO-B5.2 stamps available are mint tapes sold to collectors. Extremely few covers franked by this stamp are known [RRRR].



USPMSC: POX-E2A

USA stamp type PO6B.jpg

PO-B5.2. Intermec (digital), January to March 1986.

As Type PO-B5.1 but with meter numbers 000009 through 000012 and with 3-bank value figures.
Four meters were used, all with town line "VIENNA / VA U.S.P.S.":
A. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000009MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]
B. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000010MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]
C. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000011MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRR]
D. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000012MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgØ.ØØ

NOTE: Nearly all known PO-B5.2 stamps available are mint tapes sold to collectors. Extremely few covers franked by this stamp are known [RRRR].



USPMSC: POX-E2B

USA meter stamp PO-B5p3A.jpg

PO-B5.3. Intermec (digital), 1986.

USA meter stamp PO-B5p3E.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-B5p3G.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-B5p3H.jpg
As Type PO-B5.2 but meter numbers I8600101 through I8600268 (possibly not all numbers used, and possibly higher numbers were used).
Used in eight cities with several town mark variations:
A. Used in Vienna, Virginia with town mark:
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgVienna / VA : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg I8600101
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgVIENNA / VA : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg I8600155, -156, -157, -158
B. Used in Tampa, Florida:
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgTampa / FL 33630 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg I8600130
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgTAMPA / FL PO 33630 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg I8600115, -120, -123, -130, -163, -176, -180
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgTampa / FL PO 33630 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg I8600107, -149
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgTAMPA / FL PO 33629 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg I8600122, -127, -148, -177, -178
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgTAMPA / FL PO 33615 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg I8600110, -114, -121, -128, -179
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgTampa / Fl 33615 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg I8600128
C. Used in Saint Petersburg, Florida:
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgSAINT PETE / FL PO 33730 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 18600140, 150, -152, -165, -175
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgSaint Pete / FL PO 33730 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg I8600186
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgSAINT PETE / FL 33730 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg I8600277
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgST PETE / FL 33730 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg I8600136, -152, -165
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgSt. Peteburg / Fl 33730 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg I8600123
D. Used in Largo, Florida: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgLARGO / FL PO 33540 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg I8600104, -125, -126, -128, -161
E. Used in Clearwater, Florida:
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgCLEARWATER / FL PO 33575 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg I8600106, -129, -141, -276
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgCLEARWATER / FL. 33575 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg I8600160
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgCLEARWATER / FL : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg I8600147
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgClearwater / FL PO 34625 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg I8600162
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgClearwater / Fl 34618 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg I8600124, -141, -147, -160
F. Used in Denver, Colorado: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgDENVER CO 80202 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg I8600220, -232, -236, -247, -267
G. Used in Arvada, Colorado:
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgARVADA / 80001 (no state) : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg I8600269 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]
USA meter stamp PO-B5p3 receipt.jpg
- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgARVADA / CO 80001 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg I8600227 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]
H. Used in Northglenn, Colorado: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgNORTHGLENN / CO 80233 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg I8600259 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]
I. Used in Washington DC: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgWASHINGTON / DC 20016 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg I8600192, -203, 204, -206, -212 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
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a. Date with 3-letter abbreviation for the month MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRR]

NOTES:

  • Shown at right is a receipt for the stamps.
  • This stamp came into use in late March or early April 1986. Most Intermec machines were removed from service by the end of 1989 although a few in Tampa remained in use as late as the summer of 1993.
  • The early labels used in Vienna, Virginia did not have anti-peel slits. Starting in late 1986 or early 1987 labels with anti-peel slits cut into the edges came into use. All stamps from the other locations were printed only on labels with anti-peel slits. The Vienna stamps without the anti-peel slits are relatively scarce.
  • Most Intermec stamps available are mint tapes sold to collectors. Non-philatelic covers franked by this stamp are rare [RR].

Machine I8600165 is known with two different town marks, "SAINT PETE / FL PO 33730" and "ST PETE / FL PO 33730". Other machines may also have been used with more than one town mark.



USPMSC: POX-F1

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USA stamp type PO7aa.jpg

PO-B6.1. MOS Corporation/UNISYS (digital), April 16, 1992.

This was the third trial in the "PVI" series and the one that was approved for general use. The system consisted of an "Integrated Retail Terminal" designed by MOS and a "Postage Validation Imprinter" designed by UNISYS.
Large round-cornered self-adhesive labels with red, orange or pink stripe along the top.
At left is a right-facing standing eagle with wings raised.
At center right, "U.S. POSTAGE/ PAID"/ town line/ ZIP code/ date/ "AMOUNT"/ value figures/ identification number.
The identification number consists of an 8-digit machine number and a 2-digit operator number (00000000 – 00).
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a. Without bar code, used for any class of mail.
b. First day cover MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]
c. With town line "UNIT CITY STATE" and either the actual ZIP code or "00000".

NOTES (These apply to other PO-B6 types as well):

  • Town name abbreviations and mispellings are not especially rare. Doubled state abbreviations are relatively common.
  • The ink tends to fade on these stamps except on the very earliest stamps. The printing method must have been changed at some point, to reduce costs perhaps, and the change resulted in a fugitive imprint.
  • For mail brought to the post office clerk with postage applied, the machine would print non-postage labels showing a barcode of the destination ZIP code. The machine could also produce labels with a tracking number barcode, both labels shown at right.

The system debuted on April 16, 1992 at four post offices in and near San Diego, California: Escondido, Solana Beach, San Marcos, and the Tierrasanta Postal Store in San Diego. A fifth location, Golden Triangle Postal Store in San Diego was supposed to start using the system on the same day but because of difficulties did not begin using the system until April 18th. The MOS/UNISYS system was considered such a success that in May 1992 the Postal Service began fielding them to most post office throughout the country.




USPMSC: POX-F2

USA stamp type PO7B.jpg

PO-B6.2. MOS Corporation/UNISYS (digital), April 16, 1992.

Similar to Type PO-B6.1 but with 3 mm tall "Postnet" barcode across bottom of stamp. "AMOUNT" and value figures are moved to the center of the stamp. Used for large flat items.
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a. First day cover MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]
b. With town line "UNIT CITY STATE" and either the actual ZIP code or "00000".




USPMSC: POX-F3

USA stamp type PO7C.jpg

PO-B6.3. MOS Corporation/UNISYS (digital), April 16, 1992.

Similar to Types PO-B6.1/6.2 but with large 18 mm barcode in center of stamp. Used for parcels.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$00.00
a. First day cover MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]
b. Tape inverted with fluorescent stripe across the bottom MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]
c. With town line "UNIT CITY STATE" and either the actual ZIP code or "00000".
d. Postage Due stamp. Town line includes "PD BR"(Postage Due Branch). One reported: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgTAMPA PD BR FL MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]


NOTE: These stamps were occasionally used to collect Postage Due but unlike sub-type d the stamps did not indicate Postage Due use in the town line.



USPMSC: POX-F4

USA meter stamp PO-B6p4.jpg

PO-B6.4. MOS Corporation/UNISYS (digital), 1995.

As Type PO-B6.1 (no bar code) but the USPS logo is changed to a streamlined eagle's head in a black slanted rectangle.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg $0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$00.00
a. With town line "UNIT CITY STATE" and either the actual ZIP code or "00000".
b. Without "U.S. POSTAGE"
c. With company name instead of town name: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgCOPY CITY USA, GA / 30240MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]
d. Town line "POSTMARK USA, MN / 55425" (error)
e. Town line "ANYTOWN.US / 28126" (error)



USPMSC: POX-F5

USA stamp type PO8.jpg

PO-B6.5. MOS Corporation/UNISYS (digital), 1995.

As Type PO-B6.2 (3 mm tall bar code across the bottom) but the USPS logo is changed to a streamlined eagle's head in a black slanted rectangle.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg $0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$00.00
a. With town line "UNIT CITY STATE" and either the actual ZIP code or "00000".




USPMSC: POX-F6

USA meter stamp PO-B6p6.jpg

PO-B6.6. MOS Corporation/UNISYS (digital), 1995.

As Type PO-B6.3 (large 18 mm bar code in center) but the USPS logo is changed to a streamlined eagle's head in a black slanted rectangle.
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a. With town line "UNIT CITY STATE" and either the actual ZIP code or "00000".
b. Tape inverted with fluorescent stripe across the bottom MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[R]



USA meter stamp PO-B7.jpg

USPMSC: POX-F7

PO-B6.7. MOS Corporation/UNISYS (digital), August to September 1995. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]

Experimental stamp, similar to Type PO-B6.5 but the labels are from experimental self-stick linerless coil rolls.
The labels are larger and have square corners.
Used only on one machine at Merrifield, Virginia.
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NOTE: Stamps similar to Types PO-B6.4 and PO-B6.6 may exist on the experimental label stock.




USA stamp type PO10.jpg

PO-B7. Pitney Bowes (digital), 2008.

At left, large “CPU” above ID# and mail class indicator.
At center, “U.S. POSTAGE” above value figures, date and Zip code.
At right, large 2D "Datamatrix" barcode.
Printed on self-adhesive labels with fluorescent pink stripe at far right.
Used by contract post offices (contract postal units).
All examples seen so far have identification number with “PB 1P 000” prefix.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg $ 0.00o
a. Without pink stripe at far right



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PO-B8.1. Toshiba (digital), 2014.

Wide self-adhesive label, 35mm tall, with square corners and with fluorescent strip at right invisible in daylight, visible only under UV light.
USPS logo at left, tall bar code above destination ZIP code in center, point-of-sale data at right, all printed in black.
"U.S. POSTAGE" above "PAID" at top, followed by the town line, ZIP code, date, AMOUNT, and value figures.
Identification number below value figures, with "00" prefix.
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a. Without bar code and destination ZIP code

NOTE: This stamp is from a system that replaced the MOS/Unisys system (PO7/-8/-9) that has been used in post offices since 1995.



USA stamp type PO13.jpg

PO-B8.2. Toshiba "B-EV4D-GS24-QM-CUS-R" (digital), 2015.

Very similar to Type PO-B8.1 but with smaller USPS logo and much wider value figures.
The label, at 39mm, is taller than PO11.
Identification number with "R23" prefix.
Several other smaller differences exist.
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a. Without bar code and destination ZIP code" similar to PO-B8.1a.

NOTE: Type PO-B8.2 became obsolete in August 2018 when it was replaced by PO-B8.3 in a USPS wide software update.



USA meter stamp PO-B8.3aa.jpg
USA meter stamp PO-B8.3B.jpg

PO-B8.3. Toshiba "B-EV4D-GS24-QM-CUS-R" (digital), August 2018.

Very similar to Type PO-B8.2 but with "PAID moved to the right of "U.S. POSTAGE" at top with the mail class now on the second line.
Identification number with "R23" prefix.
A. ZIP code, "AMOUNT", value figures, and identification number indented
B. Only the value figures are indented
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a. Without bar code and destination ZIP code, similar to PO-B8.2a








USA stamp type PO12.jpg
USA stamp type PO12 Standard.jpg

PO-B9.1. Toshiba (digital), 2014.

Framed design with top panel containing USPS logo and "Retail".
Panel at bottom contains the mail class.
Large central area contains a cut-out at upper left holding a letter indicating the class of mail.
At center is "US POSTAGE PAID" above the value figures.
In small print below the mail class letter are the origin ZIP code, weight, date, and an identification number.
Mail class symbols seen are "F" for First Class, "P" for Priority mail, and "X" for "Retail Ground" and probably other classes of mail.
The stamp is found at the top of a large label containing a tracking number at the bottom (shown above right). This stamp is apparently used only on mail with tracking. It is generated by the same system that produces types PO-B11 and PO-B12.
The label is 135 mm tall, and the tracking barcode is 83 mm wide.
Note that the "X" shown on the document is a cross-out (not an "X") indicating I don't know what, possibly bulk rate mail. The illustration for PO13a at lower right shows the actual "X".)
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a. Without outer frame line. The label is shorter at 115 mm (most easily identifiable in the shorter field between the mail class text and the tracking barcode). The tracking barcode is narrower at 62 mm.

NOTE: For some Priority ("P") mail labels (only those for express 1-day service?) the panel between the mail class panel and the bar code contains "Expected Delivery Day" and date.




USA meter stamp PO-B9.2.jpg

PO-B9.2. Toshiba (digital), 2018.

Similar to Type PO-B9.1 except the origin, date, and transaction number are at far right. The box containing US POSTAGE PAID and the value figures is shorter in height.
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PO-B10. Stamps.com (digital), late 2013.

Except for textual elements the stamp is similar in appearance to several PC-F and PC-G types, especially PC-C5B.
"US POSTAGE" above "mPOS" at upper left of "PDFD417" style 2D barcode.
ID number with "062S" prefix at upper right above "FROM" and ZIP code.
At right of barcode are the value figures, a 4-digit number, and the date.
This stamp comes from a mobile point-of-sale system used by postal employees roving through customers lined up for service in post offices. The system can handle simple transactions thereby saving some customers the need to stand in line. One of the services offered is the printing of flat rate Priority Mail stamps which is currently the only type of stamp available from the system.
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USA stamp type PO15.jpg

PO-B11. Toshiba (digital), 2017.

Large “CPU” at left, large 2D "Datamatrix" barcode at center.
At right, “U.S. POSTAGE” above value figures and other data as follows: mail class and number, originating ZIP code, date, and number of unknown meaning.
Found both with and without destination and code below originating ZIP code.
At left of this data, reading up vertically, is an alpha-numeric code starting with R2305P, and at left, also reading up, is identification code 06 2S.
Printed on plain white self-adhesive labels.
Used by contract post offices (contract postal units).
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PO-B12. Unidentified (digital), 2017.

Large label version of Type PO-B11 with large mail class indicator in box at left.
“CPU” is vertical left of identification code 06 2S at lower right of frank.
Used by contract post offices (contract postal units).
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