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GROUP AR: Meter stamps used by the Armed Forces[edit]

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  • Group AR describes commercial format meter stamps used by the military for official business... with some exceptions.
  • In addition to stamps used ONLY for official business this Group includes stamps from post offices serving overseas U.S. military bases. These post offices are available for the general use of troops as well as official business. Such stamps have town marks that contain "APO" (Army Post Office) or "FPO" (Fleet Post Office).
  • Also included are meter stamps that have the name of a U.S. Navy ship in the town mark. These stamps are from meters located aboard ship.
  • Additionally any meter stamp with "NAVY", "ARMY", "AIR FORCE", "MARINE", or an abbreviation such as "P.S.N.Y." (Puget Sound Navy Yard) referencing the armed services is included.
  • NOT INCLUDED are stamps generated at post offices serving domestic U.S. military bases having town marks that include the name of the base and the state, e.g. "CAMP PENDLETON CA" or "FORT MONMOUTH NJ". They are used primarily for the general use of the troops and employees rather than official business.
  • Included for the first time are stamps with routine town/state town marks but with slogans indicating military official business.
  • There are seven sub-groups based on the branch of the armed services using the meter:
• Sub-group AR-NAV – U.S. Navy
• Sub-group AR-AAF – U.S. Army & Air Force
• Sub-group AR-ARM – U.S. Army
• Sub-group AR-AIR – U.S. Air Force
• Sub-group AR-MAR – U.S. Marine Corps
• Sub-group AR-APO – overseas Army and Air Force joint Post Office
• Sub-group AR-FPO – overseas Navy or Marine Fleet Post Office
  • These meters were first used in the early 1940s during World War 2.

NOTE: The meter stamps listed here are only a portion of those that exist. A complete list is at Alan Draves' U.S. Meter Stamp Town List, http://www.draves.com/mss/town/statelst.htm. (Click on APO and FPO.) Mr. Draves does not reference meter type designations in his lists. The descriptions below include those town marks that have been verified as belonging to the type.


Sub-group AR-NAV: Stamps used by the Navy for official business[edit]

  • Earliest date seen, July 16, 1941.




Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV1p1.jpg

AR-NAV1.1. Pitney Bowes.    [RRRR]

Type GA1 with town mark   ALAMEDA, CALIF.   /   NAVAL AIR STA.    (95438)
One meter only.
V/F:    0 00



Type NAV-GA2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV1p2.jpg

AR-NAV1.2. Pitney Bowes.    [RRRR]

Type GA2 with town mark:   U.S. NAVY   /   128    (92745)
One meter only.
V/F:    .00 :



Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV2.jpg

AR-NAV2. National Postal Meter.    [RRR]

Type HA2.1 with town mark:   BREMERTON, WASH   /   P.S.N.Y. (Puget Sound Navy Yard)       (92745)
One meter only.
V/F:    USA meter stamp H VF A.jpeg



Type NAV-IA3 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV3p1A.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV3p1C.jpg

AR-NAV3.1. Pitney Bowes.

Type IA3 with town marks:
A.   U.S.   /   NAVY   with one star at each side    (103465, 109887)    [RR]
B.   U.S.   /   NAVY   with no stars    (105201)    [RRR]
C.   BREMERTON, WASH.   /   NAVY YARD STA.    (101301)    [RRR]
V/F:    . 00 :





Type NAV-IA4A in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV3p2A.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV3p2C.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV3p2D.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV3p2E.jpg
USA meter type AR-NAV3p2F.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV3p2G.jpg

AR-NAV3.2. Pitney Bowes.

Type IA4.1 with town marks:
A.   U.S. NAVY   /   (5 digit number) BR.
-   13793    (309560)
-   17002    (361522)
-   17012    (355611, 366421)    [RR]
B.   U.S. NAVY   /   10434    (388415)    [RRRR]
C.   U.S. NAVY   /   ★ ★ ★ ★    (171585)    [RRRR]
D.   U.S.   /   NAVY   with one star at each side    (unreadable)    [RRRR]
E.   NAVAL BASE   /   S.C.    (167521)    [RRRR]
F.   BREMERTON, WASH.   /   NAVY YARD STA.    (108267)    [RRR]
G. Normal town and state in town mark but with slogan including:  DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY    and OFFICIAL BUSINESS    (108267)    [R-RRR]
V/F:    ≋ 00 :

NOTE: During World War 2 the Navy Department used meter stamps of Type IA4.1 on "penalty" envelopes with blank town marks and no "official business" slogan. See below.

USA meter stamp AR-NAV3p2note.jpg












Type NAV-IC3A in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV4p1A.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV4p1D.jpg

AR-NAV4.1. Pitney Bowes.

Type IC3.1 with town marks:
A.   U.S. NAVY   /   FPO (5 digit number)
-   09521    (960256, 960353)
-   09551    (954429)
-   09593    (960349)
-   96654    (959939)
-   98761    (969381)
-   98762    (959949)
B.   U.S. NAVY   /   13933 BR   (954290)   [RRRR]
C.   U.S.   /   NAVY   with one star at each side    (unreadable)    [RRRR]
D. With ship name and designation in the town mark:
-   USS MIDWAY CV 41   /   FPO 96631    (960290)
-   USS INDEPENDENCE(CV62)   /   FPO09537    (960290)
V/F:    0 .00   (wavy lines at left 2mm tall)
V/F:    0 .00   (small wavy lines at left 1mm tall)    [RR]



Type NAV-IC3B in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV4p2A.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV4p2B.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV4p2D.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV4p2G.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV4p2J.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV4p2K.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV4p2N.jpg

AR-NAV4.2. Pitney Bowes.

Type IC3.2 with town marks:
A.   U.S. NAVY   /   FPO (5 digit number)
B.   U.S. NAVY FPO   /   (5 digit number)
-   09521    (33000266)
-   09619    (3369871)
-   96306    (33000871)
C.   U.S. NAVY FPO AE (or AP)   /   (5 digit number)
-   AE   /   09645    (3301311, 3303618)
-   AP   /   96451    (3314244)
D.   NAVY POSTAL SERVICE FPO   /   (5 digit number)
-   09532    (3351954)
-   96370    (unreadable)
E.   NAVY POSTAL SERVICE FPO AE   /   09499   (3351987)
F.   NAVAL POSTAL SERVICE FPO AP   /   96506   (unreadable)
G.   NAVY FPO AE   /   09834   (3351901)
H.   U.S. USS SIMON LAKE   /   AS-33   (3303761)
J.   FPO USS SAIPAN, NY   /   09549   (3303799)
K. With ship name and designation at top of town mark, FPO and 5-digit number at bottom
L. With ship name and designation at top of town mark, 5-digit number at bottom
M.   USS INDEPENDENCE   /   CV-62 96618   (3369578)
N.   U.S. NAVY EXCHANGE   /   FPO N.Y. 09510   (3303760)  [RR-RRRR]
V/F:    0 .00   (wavy lines at left 2mm tall)
V/F:    0 .00   (small wavy lines at left 1mm tall)





Type NAV-IC4A in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV4p3.jpg

AR-NAV4.3. Pitney Bowes.

Type IC4.1 with town marks:
A.   U.S. NAVY   /   FPO (5 digit number)
-   96659    (909450)
-   98760    (931141)
-   98767    (909425)
B.   U.S. NAVY   /   13933 BR   (909288, 909456)
C.   U.S. NAVY   /   17000 BR. (with stop after BR)   (931330)
D.   U.S. NAVY FPO AP   /   96349   (931330)
V/F:     USA meter stamp wide triad symbol.jpg. 00    



Unlisted in 2001 edition

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AR-NAV4.4. Pitney Bowes.

Type IC4.2 with town mark:   U.S. NAVY     /     FPO 98766   (unreadable)
V/F:     USA meter stamp wide triad symbol.jpg. 00    




Type NAV-ID2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV5.jpg

AR-NAV5.1. Pitney Bowes.    [R]

Type ID2 with town marks:
A. Ship name and designation:   USS LONG BEACH   /   CGN9   (1629871, 1941861)
B. Ship name and FPO number:   USS PORTLAND   /   09582 1725   (1941861)
V/F:    0.00



Type NAV-ID2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV5p2.jpg

AR-NAV5.2. Pitney Bowes.    [R]

Type ID3 with ship name in town mark:   USS SUPPLY   /   07587   (1626315)
V/F:    0.00




Type NAV-IE1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV6A.jpg

AR-NAV6. Pitney Bowes.    [R]

Type IE1 with town marks:
A.   NAVY FPO AP at top, 5-digit number at bottom
B.   U.S. NAVY   /   FPO 09593   (6826355)
C.   U.S. NAVY FPO AP   /   96595   (unreadable)
D.   USS KEARSARGE   /   09534 1662      (6822188)
V/F:    0 .00



Type NAV-IF1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV7.jpg

AR-NAV7. Pitney Bowes.    [R-RRR]

Type IF1 with ship name and designation in the town mark:   USS LEYTE GULF CD 55   /   34091   (5444976)
V/F:    .00



Type NAV-IG1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV8.jpg

AR-NAV8. Pitney Bowes.    [R-RRR]

Type IH1 with ship name and designation in the town mark:   USS PUGET SOUND AD38   /   FPO 09544   (7153574)
V/F:    .00




Type NAV-KB1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV9p1C.jpg

AR-NAV9.1. Friden.

Type KB1.1 with town marks:
A.   U.S. NAVY   /   SEATTLE WASH. 13606   (F 030385)
B.   U.S. NAVY   /   SEATTLE WASH. 13608 BR   (F 216618)
USA meter stamp AR-NAV9p1aa.jpg
C.   U.S. NAVY   /   BRANCH 17049   (F 030597)
V/F:    .00
a. As A, with hyphen between "SEATTLE" and "WASH":   13068   (F 030369)



Type NAV-KB3 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV9p2A.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-NAV9p2B.jpg

AR-NAV9.2. Friden.

Type KB2.1 with town marks:
A.   U.S. NAVY at top, town, state, 5-digit number and BR or BR. at bottom:
-   SEATTLE WASH. 13608 BR   (F 216618)
-   NEW YORK, NY 17055 BR.   (F 222053)
-   NEW YORK, NY 17067 BR   (F 030688)
B.   U S NAVAL STATION   /   FPO NEW YORK 09571   (F 222704)
V/F:    .00



Type NAV-KE3 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV10.jpg

AR-NAV10. Friden.

Type KE1.3 with ship name and designation at top of the town mark, 5-digit number at bottom.
Meter numbers in 8000000 series
V/F:    0 .00   (wavy lines at left 2mm tall)
V/F:    0 .00   (small wavy lines at left 1mm tall)



Type NAV-KG2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV11.jpg

AR-NAV11. Friden.

Type KG1.2 with ship name and designation at top of the town mark, 5-digit number at bottom:
-   USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN CVN 72   /   96612   (F 9002003)
-   USS CONSTELLATION CV 64   /   09558   (F 9004038)
-   USS MT WHITNEY LCC 20   /   09517   (F 9004581)
-   USS NASSAU LHA 4   /   09577   (F 9004808)
V/F:    0.00



Type NAV-LB6 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-NAV12.jpg

AR-NAV12. Friden.

Type LB1.2 with ship name and designation in town mark:  USS HAYLER   /   DD - 997   (H 463623)
V/F:    0.00 :





Sub-group AR-AAF: Stamps used primarily at combined Army and Air Force bases[edit]

  • Earliest date seen, 1956.

Type AAF-IA4A in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-AAF1p1A.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-AAF1p1B.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-AAF1p1C.jpg

AR-AAF1.1. Pitney Bowes.

Type IA4.1 with town marks:
A.   ARMY & AIR FORCE POSTAL SERVICE at top, town, state, 5-digit number and APO and two-, three- or five-digit number at bottom.
B.   As A but with dash (-) instead of ampersand (&) between ARMY and AIR FORCE (ARMY-AIR FORCE POSTAL SERVICE
C.   As A but with SERVICE abbreviated to SVC (ARMY & AIR FORCE POSTAL SVC
Meter numbers in 100000, 300000 and 800000 series.
V/F:     00 :






Type AAF-IA10A in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-AAF1p2.jpg

AR-AAF1.2. Pitney Bowes.

Type IA4.5 with town mark:   ARMY & AIR FORCE POSTAL SVC at top, APO and number at bottom.
Meter numbers in 600000 series plus 170076 and 388388 also seen.
V/F:     00 :   (widely spaced colon dots)

NOTE. Found both with and without period after SVC.




Type AAF-IB4 in 2001 edition

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AR-AAF2. Pitney Bowes.    [RRRR]

Type IB4 with town mark:   ARMY & AIR FORCE POSTAL SERVICE at top, APO 942 at bottom.  (211952)
V/F:     USA meter stamp wide triad symbol.jpg. 00    



Type AAF-IC4A in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-AAF3.jpg

AR-AAF3. Pitney Bowes.

Type IC4.1 with town mark:   ARMY & AIR FORCE POSTAL SVC at top, APO and five-digit number at bottom.
-   APO 96263   (862637)
-   APO 96310   (850089)
-   APO 96312   (818977)
-   APO 96337   (819245)
-   APO 96346   (844970)
V/F:     USA meter stamp wide triad symbol.jpg. 00     (for values over 99 cents:   1. 00



Type AAF-JA5 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-AAF4.jpg

AR-AAF4. Postalia (Tele-Norm).    [RR]

Type JA2.1 with town mark:   ARMY AND AIR FORCE POSTAL SERVICE at top, 09403 / APO at bottom.
One meter only:   T-N 608 869
V/F:    .00



Type AAF-KB1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-AAF5.jpg

AR-AAF5. Friden.    [RRR]

Type KB1.1 with town mark:   ARMY & AIR FORCE POSTAL SERVICE at top, APO and number at bottom.
-   APO 96262   (030362)
-   APO 96374   (030368, 030567)
V/F:    .00