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GROUP ESY: Essays[edit]

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  • Meter stamps essays are experimental designs that were either abandoned or changed in some way before being approved for use. Experimental designs that reach field testing or production intact are known as pre-production proofs.
  • Meter stamp essays are almost universally rare with some being unique and others unknown in collectors' hands.
  • In previous editions of the catalog essays were divided into three sub-groups based on the meter model the designs were prepared for (abandoned, eventually sanctioned, non-USA company). Because many essays are not associated with any particular meter model the current edition of the catalog drops that scheme and uses one based on the developmental era in which the essays were introduced, as follows:
A. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg Before meters were approved for general use in 1920
B. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg Early competitive development, 1921 to 1938
C. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg Later competitive development (mechanical meters), 1938 to 1990s
D. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg Digital meters, 1984 to date
  • It is likely that more essays were created than are listed here. Most may be lost forever as meter companies went out of business and their records eventually being lost or destroyed. Others may still exist lurking in company archives or in the memorabilia of active and former employees.



Sub-group ESY-A: Before meters were approved for general use in 1920[edit]

  • xxxxxxxx In 1898, Elmer Wolf and William Scott experimented with a meter machine for large-scale mailers which offered the Post Office security from theft.




Type ESY-A1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-A1.jpg

ESY-AA1. Elmer E. Wolf and William A. Scott, 1898.    [RRRR]

Horizontal tape showing time, date, firm name, postage. and accumulated postage used. The illustration is from patent drawings. No actual examples are known to exist. This machine was capable of printing nine different postage values.



Type ESY-A9 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-A2.jpg

ESY-AA2. Elmer E. Wolf and William A. Scott, sometime between 1913 and 1920.    [RRRR]

Horizontal frameless design with ornamental line of dots and dashes above and belo the following text: "UNITED STATES / POSTAGE" at top followed by "CENTS", GOOD & REESE CO", SPRINGFIELD, OHIO". Two shield ornaments containing the number 2 are at the sides. Below the ornamental line at bottom is "REGISTER" and a six-digit number.
Two examples are known, both printed in red.



Type ESY-A2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-B1p1.jpg

ESY-AB1.1. Pitney Postal Machine, 1901.    [RRRR]

Fancy double circle design with "UNITED STATES" at top and "POSTAGE" below inside the rings. Four-digit impression counter number in center. Outside the rings at bottom is "LICENSE 160 NUMBER". Value "TWO 2 CENTS" in ornaments at both sides.
Single denomination machine.
Only two examples of this stamp are known to exist, both printed on gummed tape.



Type ESY-A3 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-B1p2.jpg

ESY-AB1.2. Pitney Postal Machine, 1902.    [RRRR]

Similar to Pitney's 1901 circular design but the “2 cent” side ornaments have been moved to the bottom where they flank a panel containing “TWO CENTS”. At bottom are “LICENSE / 264”.
The impression counter number is five digits rather than four.
This stamp is from a multi-denomination machine capable of printing 1, 2 and 5 cent stamps denomination machine.
Eight examples of this stamp are reported to exist although only three have been verified. All are 2 cent values printed in red.


Type ESY-A4 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-AB2p1.jpg

ESY-AB2.1. Pitney Postal Machine, 1903.    [RRRR]

Shield shaped design with "UNITED STATES / POSTAGE" at top and "TWO (2) CENTS" at bottom. Below the shield is "LICENSE / 264". Rectangle at center contains a five-digit impression counter number.
A. The frank has three hollow circles at the sides of the shield. Two examples reported.
B. The frank has the circles filled in, possibly by colored pencil rather than a die change. One example known on cover with Pitney Postal Machine corner card, 1905.



Type ESY-A5 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-B3.jpg

ESY-AB3. Pitney Postal Machine, 1903.    [RRRR]

Double two-lined oval design with "A PENALTY OF $300 IS FIXED / BY LAW FOR USING THIS ENVELOPE TO" in two lines at top and "AVOID PAYMENT OF POSTAGE / ON PRIVATE MATTER." in two lines at bottom. No postage value shows. In the center is a five digit impression counter number.
This "official mail" design was submitted for a test proposed by the Post Office Department. It was rejected as too large for the small envelopes expected to be used for the trial.
It is not known how many, if any, examples of this stamp exist today.



Type ESY-A6 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-AC1.jpg

ESY-AC1. American Postage Meter Co., 1913.    [RRRR]

Gummed tape with value figures at top followed by "PARCEL POST", "PERMIT 42", 4-digit impression counter number, "X.Y. CO.", "CHICAGO, ILL.", and the date.
Multi-denomination machine capable of printing 1, 2, and 5 cent values. The tapes were to be in different colors with the value figures applied in black.
The illustration was taken from patent drawings. The color is added. No actual examples of the stamp are known to exist.






Type ESY-B(AA1) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-AC2.jpg

ESY-AC2. American Postage Meter Co., 1913.    [RRRR]

Shield shape design with inner rectangle very similar to Type AB1. In fact the appears to be a modification of the same die with town line changed to "CHICAGO,ILL." and with the permit number changed to a solid block. This essay is probably a transitional design toward Type AB2.
The illustration was taken from a newspaper photo. It is unlikely that actual examples exist.





Unlisted in 2001 edition

ESY-AC3.1. American Postage Meter Co. (from Arthur Pitney's personal archives), 1919.    [RRRR]

USA meter stamp ESY-AC3p1.jpg
Sheet of paper with two stamp designs hand drawn in ink by Arthur Pitney. One design is circular and closely resembles essay Type ESY-AD3.2 below. The other is similar to Type ESY-AC3.3 below.
   This sheet and the others shown as Types ESY-AC3.2 through AC3.6 are all hand drawn by Mr. Pitney. Only one of each exists.
   All the AC3 series of essays include "CERTIFIED POSTAGE" in their designs. The use of this phrase was unlikely to have meant Certified Mail service but instead to identify the stamps as actual postage. At the time Pitney created these designs he was struggling to convince skeptical U.S. postal officials that a stamp from a postage meter could be trusted and reliable.




Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-AC3p2.jpg

ESY-AC3.2. American Postage Meter Co. (from Arthur Pitney's personal archives), 1919.    [RRRR]

Triple concentric circle design with all circles double lined. At top are “U.S. CERTIFIED / POSTAGE”. At bottom are “TWO CENTS PAID / NEW YORK, N.Y.” At center is the date and time. At the sides are two small circles containing the number “2”.
Hand drawn by Arthur Pitney.
One sheet exists.







Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-AC3p4.jpg

ESY-AC3.3. American Postage Meter Co. (from Arthur Pitney's personal archives), 1919.    [RRRR]

Horizontal rectangle with top and bottom extensions, long at left, short at right. In ribbons at top and bottom are “CERTIFIED POSTAGE” (‘’top’’) and “CHICAGO ILL.” (‘’bottom’’). In the center are “TWO CENTS PREPAID” above an inner rectangle containing the date and time. At both sides are small circles contain the number “2”. In the corners are “U” at left and “S” at right.
Hand drawn by Arthur Pitney.
One sheet exists.




Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-AC3p5.jpg

ESY-AC3.4. American Postage Meter Co. (from Arthur Pitney's personal archives), 1919.    [RRRR]

Horizontal rectangle with six long line extensions at right. In the rectangle are curved “CERTIFIED POSTAGE” at top and “WASHINGTON D.C.” at bottom. At center is a large shaded “2”. Through the center is “TWO CENTS PREPAID”. At left of the large “2” are “P.” above “M”, and at right are “1946” above “375”. In the upper corners are “U” and “S”. Each lower corner contains the number “2”. At left is a single circle town mark reading "WASHINGTON D.C." at top and "STA. D" at bottom.
Hand drawn by Arthur Pitney.
One sheet exists.



Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-AC3p6.jpg

ESY-AC3.5. American Postage Meter Co. (from Arthur Pitney's personal archives), 1919.    [RRRR]

Very similar to Type ESY-AC3.4 but without the large shaded “2” in the center. The curved line at bottom reads “TWO CENTS PAID”. The permit and meter numbers are larger and in the center. At the center of both sides are circled “2”s. In the left corners are “U”s and in the right corners are “S”s.
Hand drawn by Arthur Pitney.
One sheet exists.





Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-AC3p7.jpg

ESY-AC3.6. American Postage Meter Co. (from Arthur Pitney's personal archives), 1919.    [RRRR]

Similar to Type AC3.3 but with top and bottom extensions going out to the edges of the sheet at both sides. In wavy text at top are “CERTIFIED POSTAGE / TWO CENTS PREPAID” and “WASHINGTON, D.C.” at bottom. In the center are large “2”s flanking the date and time. In the upper corners are “U” and “S”. In the lower corners are “.U.S.”. At bottom center is a curved line ornament. Below the rectangle are “PERMIT No 3742” above “METER No 322”.
Hand drawn by Arthur Pitney.
One sheet exists.




Type ESY-A7 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-AD1p1.jpg

ESY-AD1.1. The Universal Stamping Machine Company (Walter Bowes), 1918.    [RRRR]

Double circle design with "NEW YORK, N.Y." at top and "HUDSON TERM. STA." at bottom. A barbell shaped panel traversing the design below center had a "1" at each end and "U.S. POSTAGE / ONE CENT" in the center. Above the barbell are "1" above the date and time. Below the barbell is "P. 184".
Printed in green.
This stamp along with Type ESY-AD1.2 were enclosed in a mailing of 5000 to Universal stock holders. Only nine examples are known to exist today, all with date "NOV 30-18".




Type ESY-A8 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-AD1p2.jpg

ESY-AD1.2. The Universal Stamping Machine Company (Walter Bowes), 1918.    [RRRR]

Double circle design with "WASHINGTON, D.C." at top and "CENTS" at bottom. At both sides of "CENTS" are two small circles containing the number "2". In the center are "U.S. POSTAGE / 2 / date / time / "P.184".
Printed in red.
Only eight examples are known to exist today, all with date "SEP 30-18".




Type ESY-A10 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-AE1.jpg
USA meter stamp ESY-AE1 b&w.jpg

ESY-AE1.1. Pitney Bowes (The Postage Meter Company) (Walter Bowes), 1920.    [RRRR]

This is the first design than lead to the first meter stamp design approved for general use in the country, Type B1 in this catalog.
The frank consists of seven horizontal wavy lines with text interlaced: "FIRST-CLASS MAIL / POSTAGE 2c PAID / P. No" and permit number. At left, reading up, is the meter number with "M." prefix.
A. Meter number 2753, no dash between "FIRST" and "CLASS"
B. Meter number 2758, dash between "FIRST" and "CLASS"
Double circle town mark reading "NEW YORK, N.Y." at top and "HUDSON TERM. STA." at bottom.





Sub-group ESY-B: Early competitive development, 1921 to 1938[edit]

  • xxxxxxxx




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA1p1.jpg

ESY-BA1.1.





Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA1p2.jpg

ESY-BA1.2.





Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA2p1.jpg

ESY-BA2.1. Pitney Bowes (from Arthur Pitney's personal archives), 1921.    [RRRR]

This hand drawn essay was dashed off by Arthur Pitney as he began thinking about a stamp design to replace the square (Group B) frank which the Post Office Department disliked due to its close resemblance to non-metered permit stamps of the day.
The top and bottom ribbons evolved into the oval frank found in Group C.
One sheet exists.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA2p2.jpg

ESY-BA2.2.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA2p3.jpg

ESY-BA2.3.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA2p4.jpg

ESY-BA2.4.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA2p5.jpg

ESY-BA2.5.





Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-A11.jpg
USA meter stamp ESY-BA2p6.jpg

ESY-BA2.6. Pitney Bowes (The Postage Meter Company), 1921.    [RRRR]

Horizontal rectangular frank printed in white on a blue sheet very similar to a blueprint.
The frank has seven short horizontal lines extending from the sides.
Inside the rectangle is a Group C-like double oval design with "CENTS / 2 / PAID" in circles at the sides and date in center.
The frank is inscribed:
- at top: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg "U.S. POSTAGE / NEW YORK N.Y."
- at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg "HUDSON TERM. STA."
- in the lower corners: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg "M. / 2104" MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgandMeterCat 5 spaces.jpg "P. / 1527"
One example reported.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA2p7.jpg

ESY-BA2.7.



Type ESY-A12 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA3.jpg

ESY-BA3. Pitney Bowes (The Postage Meter Company), 1926.    [RR]

Double circle with "barbell" very similar to a two cent version of Type ESY-AD1.1 but with the barbell higher.
"NEW YORK" is at top and "N. Y." is at bottom. The date is above the barbell and "P.1" and the meter number are below.
Meter number: "METER NO. 502"
Printed in red.
Due to its similarity to Types ESY-AD1.1 and ESY-AD1.2 it is possible this essay was made around the same time and inscribed with a future date. More likely the circular design was revisited in 1926 although for reasons unknown. Examples of ESY-BA3 are more plentiful than the earlier two essays.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA4p1.jpg

ESY-BA4.1.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA4p2.jpg

ESY-BA4.2.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA4p3.jpg
USA meter stamp ESY-BA4p3 detail.jpg

ESY-BA4.3.








Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA4p4.jpg

ESY-BA4.4.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA4p5.jpg

ESY-BA4.5.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA5p1.jpg
USA meter stamp ESY-BA5p1 b&w.jpg

ESY-BA5.1.





Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA5p2.jpg

ESY-BA5.2.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA5p3.jpg
USA meter stamp ESY-BA5p3 detail.jpg

ESY-BA5.3.





Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA5p4.jpg

ESY-BA5.4.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA5p5.jpg
USA meter stamp ESY-BA5p5 b&w.jpg

ESY-BA5.5.





Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA5p6.jpg

ESY-BA5.6.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA5p7.jpg

ESY-BA5.7.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA5p8.jpg

ESY-BA5.8.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA5p9.jpg

ESY-BA5.9.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA5p10 .jpg
USA meter stamp ESY-BA5p10 b&w.jpg

ESY-BA5.10.







Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA5p11.jpg
USA meter stamp ESY-BA5p11 b&w.jpg

ESY-BA5.11.







Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA5p12.jpg

ESY-BA5.12.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA5p13.jpg

ESY-BA5.13.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA6.jpg

ESY-BA6. 1938




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA7.jpg

ESY-BA7. also Apr 12, 1932




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA8p1.jpg

ESY-BA8.1.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA8p2.jpg

ESY-BA8.2.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA9.jpg

ESY-BA9.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA10p1.jpg

ESY-BA10.1.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA10p2.jpg

ESY-BA10.2.






Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BA11p1.jpg




Type ESY-A17 in 2001 edition

ESY-BA11.1. Pitney Bowes, 1934.    [RRRR]

Trial design for a U.S. Internal Revenue distilled spirits revenue stamp.
Wide tape with Eagle with wings spread inside circle in center with ribbons going off to both sides containing "U.S. INTERNAL REVENUE" at left and "DISTILLED SPIRITS" at right. Beneath the ribbons are "BOTTLE STAMP" and date at left and "METER 0000 / ½ Pt. / TAX PAID" at right. At the far ends are ornamented panels both containing "—THE— / RICHARD ROE / DISTILLING CO. / BALTIMORE MD."




Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-A20.jpg

ESY-BA11.2. Pitney Bowes, 1935.    [RRRR]

Sample design prepared for state government treasury agencies.
Yellow tape with serrated edges containing two-part design.
At left in a frameless circular design with scrolls at top and bottom are "LIQUOR" / value figures / "TAX PAID".
At right in a frameless oval design with scrolls are "STATE OF AMERICA / LICENSE 000" at top and "METER 0000 / TREASURY DEPT" at bottom. Between the two are the date at left and "EVERYONE'S / WHOLESALE / SUPPLY CO INC." at right.



Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-A21.jpg

ESY-BA11.3. Pitney Bowes, 1936.    [RRRR]

Another sample design prepared for state government treasury agencies.
The two-part frank is similar but smaller that ESY-A19 and is printed on plain tape with serrated edges.
At left in ornamental frame are "STATE / OF / AMERICA" with date below.
At right in similar ornamental frame are "LIQUOR / PAID / TAX" with value figures below.
At far left reading up is "LIC No. 139".
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Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-A22.jpg

ESY-BA11.4. Pitney Bowes, 1936.    [RRRR]

Here is a third sample design prepared for state government treasury agencies.
As ESY-A20 printed on plain serrated tape.
The design is in two parts. At left are the date and "LICENSE 24" reading up with ornamental wavy line at right and bottom.
At right is an ornamental wavy line rectangle containing "START OF AMERICA" in arc above "TAX PAID" stacked at left and the value figures at center. At far left reading up is an impression counter number.
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Type ESY-A23 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-A23.jpg

ESY-BA12.1. Pitney Bowes, 1936.    [RRRR]

Essay design prepared for the U.S. Social Security system that became law in 1935.
Square frank with simulated perforation border. Inscribed at top "SOCIAL INSURANCE / PREMIUM PAID" and at bottom "AGENCY OF / GOVERNMENT". Stacked at the sides are "P B METER OOOO" at left and "undecipherable(LICENSE?) 0000" at right.
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Type ESY-A24 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-A24.jpg

ESY-BA12.2. Pitney Bowes, 1936.    [RRRR]

This is a second design prepared for the U.S. Social Security system.
Square frank as with ESY-A22 but inscribed at top "SOCIAL INSURANCE / AGENCY OF / GOVERNMENT" and at bottom "PREMIUM PAID / P.B.METER 0000 / LICENSE 0000" with nothing at the sides. The month and year appear below the bottom frame line.
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NOTE. The illustrations for ESY-BA12.1 and ESY-BA12.2 are taken from The Insurance Stamp Pass Book System by W.F. Bernart, Jr. of Pitney Bowes, 1926-1937. Actual examples of the essays may not exist.



Type ESY-A25 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-A25.jpg

ESY-BA13. Pitney Bowes, 1937.    [RRRR]

Trial design prepared for a federal stock transfer stamp.
Horizontal rectangle with simulated perforation outer border and with column ornaments at both sides. At left are the value figures above "TAX PAID" and at center is a double oval frame with "DOCUMENTARY" at top, "STOCK TRANSFER" at bottom, and with the date in the center. Below the double oval is "P.B. METER 546". At right is a vertical transaction counter number reading down. Small squares in each corner contain the letters U, S, I and R.
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Type ESY-A11 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BB1.jpg

ESY-BB1. Mack Postograph Company, 1921.    [RRRR]

Square frame with seven long straight lines extending from the left side. Inside the frame: "U.S.POSTAGE / PAID / 2 / CENT / PERMIT No 8".
At left is a double circle town mark ("SAN FRANCISCO / CAL.")
Between the town mark and the frank is meter number 00147 reading up.
The design was rejected because the Post Office Department had already abandoned the square (Group B) indicia in favor of the oval (Group C) design.





Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BB2.jpg

ESY-BB2.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BB3.jpg

ESY-BB3.







Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BC1.jpg

ESY-BC1.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BC2.jpg

ESY-BC2.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BD1.jpg
USA meter stamp ESY-BD1 full sheet.jpg

ESY-BD1. 1921 Feb 4













Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BE1.jpg

ESY-BE1.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BE2.jpg

ESY-BE2.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BF1.jpg

ESY-BF1.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BF2p1.jpg
USA meter stamp ESY-BF2p1 patent.jpg

ESY-BF2.1.












Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BF2p2.jpg

ESY-BF2.2.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BF3.jpg

ESY-BF3.





Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BG1.jpg
USA meter stamp ESY-BG1 on photo.jpg

ESY-BG1. National Cash Register, 1925.    [RRRR]

Group C-like oval design inscribed "INTERNATIONAL" at top and "GENERAL ELECTRIC" at bottom.
Inside the side circles are script "G" and "E".
This appears to be an essay prepared for use as an internal control stamp for General Electric, but it shows that NCR was thinking of postage meters as early as 1925.
One example known affixed to a large photograph of the machine that produced the stamp.











Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BH1p1.jpg

ESY-BH1.1.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BH1p2.jpg

ESY-BH1.2.




Type ESY-A14 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BJ1.jpg

ESY-BJ1. Ohmer Fare Register Company, 1930.    [RRRR]

Tape with frameless text-only format divided in left and right halves and with a line of data across the bottom.
At left are "PERMIT / NO. 1 / ISSUED TO / Ohmer Fare Reg. Co. / DAYTON, OHIO.
At right are "POSTAGE FOR / AMOUNT AS / SPECIFIED / BELOW" with vertical reading down "Met. No. 1991" at far right.
Across the bottom are the date, postal clerk ID number, type of service, postage amount, and an impression counter number.
This stamp is from an omni-denomination parcel post franking machine that may have been approved by the Post Office Department but which was never placed into use.



Type ESY-A15 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BJ2.jpg

ESY-BJ2. Ohmer Fare Register Company, 1931.    [RRRR]

Similar to Type ESY-A15 but with double circle town mark and oval meter stamp design forming the two halves.
The inside of the oval contains "PERMIT ' No. 5 / OFR METER / NO. 1991".
The line across the bottom contains the date, zone, weight, mail service, value figures, and an impression counter number.
The stamp appears to be from the same omni-denomination parcel post franking machine that produced stamp ESY-A15. Although the meter was never placed into use in the United States Ohmer Fare was successful in getting it placed in a post office in South Africa where it was trialed for a short time.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BK1.jpg

ESY-BK1.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BL1.jpg

ESY-BL1.




Type XXX in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-BL2.jpg

ESY-BL2.







Sub-group ESY-C: Later competitive development (mechanical meters), 1938 to 1990s[edit]

  • xxxxxxxx




Type ESY-A19 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-A27.jpg

ESY-CA8. Pitney Bowes, 1951.    [RRRR]

Trial design prepared for the Internal Revenue Service to collect documentary tax.
Horizontal frank inscribed at top "MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg UNITED STATES MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg / INTERNAL REVENUE / DOCUMENTARY".
Leaf ornamental frame at left contains "P.B.190078" above the date. Framed at right are the value figures. Impression counter number reading up at far left.
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Type ESY-A20 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-A28.jpg

ESY-CA10. Pitney Bowes, 1971.    [RRRR]

Computerized invoice revenue stamp.
Very wide design with sitting eagle at center with wings over two boxes at left and right. The left box contains "STAMFORD,CT" above the date. The right box contains "SPECIMEN" abouve the value figures. Below the eagle is the number 567.
The town, state and date are applied separately from the rest of the frank.
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Type ESY-A18 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-A26.jpg

ESY-CC1. International Postal Supply Co., 1949.    [RRRR]

Horizontal rectangle with simulated perforation outer border. At left is a single circle town mark and at right is a square frame with "U.S.POSTAGE" at top and "I.P.S00000" at bottom. Between the two is an image of an obelisk which may represent the Washington Monument. At far right reading up: "SEC.562,P.L.&R.".
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Type ESY-A22 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp ESY-A30.jpg

ESY-CL1. Bell & Howell, 1987.    [RRRR]

Stamp design used by Bell & Howell in various print advertisements in 1987. The images differ somewhat in each advertisement but are similar enough so that it appears a printing die existed. Actual examples of the stamp may exist within Bell & Howell archives but are not known in collectors' hands.
Horizontal frank with hollow frame elements across top and bottom with smaller parts at the sides. At far left is a circular town mark with the left half made up of an arc of solid stars. The value box contains "U.S. POSTAGE" at top and an indecipherable element at bottom. Below the frank is "ZIP+4 PRESORT".
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Sub-group ESY-D: Digital meters, 1984 to date[edit]

  • ...1996 generic design model
USA meter stamp ESY-A31.jpg
Trial design prepared for a PC (internet) postage system that never materialized.
A large 2D bar code dominates the stamp. Above the bar code are the bars of a facing identification mark (FIM) left of the boxed text data. Inside the box are "U.S. POSTAGE", the value figures, town line, date, and "METER" with number 12345678901234.
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Type ESY-A21 in 2001 edition

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USA meter stamp ESY-A29B.jpg

ESY-DB1.1. Pitney Bowes, 1984.    [RRRR]

Designs from experimental digital machine that using thermal-transfer technology printed the frank onto gummed tape through a mylar ribbon.
At center is a standing eagle facing right with wing over "U.S. POSTAGE" / value figures / "CITY-STATE" at left.
At right are three lines of vertical text reading upward: date / P.B. METER000000 / ***SPECIMEN***".
A. Impression in bright cherry red
B. Impression in a deep dark red
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Only a handful of examples are known to exist.





Type ESY-A26 in 2001 edition

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ESY-DE1. ascom Hasler, 1997.    [RRRR]

This appears to be a second PC stamp trial design prepared by ascom Hasler.
It differs from ESY-A30 by the addition of the ascom eagle logo and at upper left, and unboxed, the point-of-sale data. Meter number 12345654321221.
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