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GROUP SPE: Specimens[edit]

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  • Most, but not all, Specimen meter stamps are faithful to the issued stamp design except for an alteration showing that it is not valid postage. The alteration can be the addition of a word or phrase. "SPECIMEN", "SAMPLE" and "VOID" are seen frequently but "DEMO" and "DO NOT MAIL" are also found. Specimens frequently have a blank or all zeros meter number. They may have the generic "CITY / STATE" in the town mark. They originate primarily at trade shows and similar venues where meter companies promote their products.
  • In previous editions of this catalog Test stamps were included as a sub-class of Specimens, but they have a different purpose. Accordingly they are now listed within a group of their own, Group TST.
  • Note that many more Specimen meter stamp types probably exist than are documented here. New types will be added as they are found.


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USA meter stamp Proofs not Specimens.jpg

A few comments about Proofs. Meter stamp proofs look identical to approved, issued meter stamps. Those printed before the stamp design was released for commercial use are technically essays but are defined by collectors as Pre-production Proofs. Most are quite rare. Proofs generated after the stamp design was issued are essentially unused meter stamps, souvenirs or samples perhaps, but sometimes functioning as actual Specimens without the characteristic markings. Since they can be printed indiscriminately by mailers their value to collectors generally is nominal. Collectors call such unused meter stamps Favor Proofs. See the article about Essays/Specimens/Proofs in the Information for collectors section of the catalog.

Illustration above right: Proofs are occasionally found applied to cards and envelopes with "SAMPLE", "VOID", OR "SPECIMEN" pre-printed or applied by hand stamp. These function as true Specimen stamps but for the purposes of this catalog are not listed. Only Specimens with these markings engraved into the stamp die are listed here.

USA meter stamp illustrations not Specimens.jpg


Illustration at left: Meter company promotional material occasionally contains images of Specimen stamps. Such images are illustrations and not actual meter-printed Specimens. When cut out of the page they can easily be misidentified as actual Specimens.









Sub-group SPE-B – Specimens of Group B stamp types[edit]




Type SPE-A(BA1) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(B1).jpg

SPE-B1. Pitney Bowes, 1921.    [RRR]

Type B1 with SAMPLE in outline block letters diagonal across the frank from lower left to upper right.
Permit / Meter numbers:    P.0000 / M.0000
Town mark:    normal town and state
V/F:    1¢ (green),    2¢ (red)






Sub-group SPE-C – Specimens of Group C stamp types[edit]




Type SPE-A(CA1)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(CA1p1)1.jpg

SPE-CA1.1(1). Pitney Bowes.

Type CA1.1 with SAMPLE in outline letters diagonal across the frank from lower left to upper right.
Permit / Meter numbers:    0000 / 0000
Town mark:    normal town and state
V/F:    1¢ (green),    2¢ (red)



Type SPE-A(CA1)2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(CA1p1)2.jpg

SPE-CA1.1(2). Pitney Bowes,.    [S]

Type CA1.1 with normal frank but CITY / STATE in the town mark, ornaments at the sides.
Permit / Meter numbers:    443 / 6632
V/F:   


Type SPE-A(CA2)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(CA1p2).jpg

SPE-CA1.2. Pitney Bowes,.    [RRR]

Type CA1.2-3 with normal frank but with SPECIMEN at top of town mark with an arc at bottom.
Meter number:    7320
V/F:    2¢ + 1¢



Type SPE-A(CA3) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(CA2p1).jpg

SPE-CA2.1. Pitney Bowes,.    [R]

Type CA2.1 with SAMPLE in outline letters diagonal across the frank.
Permit / Meter numbers:    0000 / 0000
Town mark:    STAMFORD / CONN.
V/F:    1¢,    1½¢,   



Type SPE-A(CK1) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(CA4).jpg

SPE-CA4. Pitney Bowes, 1944.    [RRR]

Type CA4 with normal frank but with CITY / STATE in the town mark, ornaments at the sides.
Meter number:    9654
V/F:   



Type SPE-A(CB1)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(CB1)1.jpg

SPE-CB1(1). Mail-O-Meter, 1923.    [RRRR]

Type CB1 with solid rectangle below "PERMIT".
Meter number:    1038
Town mark:    CHICAGO / ILL.
V/F:    12¢



Type SPE-A(CB1)2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(CB1)2.jpg

SPE-CB1(2). Mail-O-Meter, 1923.    [RRRR]

Type CB1 with SA, MP and LE stepping across the frank from lower left to upper right.
Permit and Meter numbers:    blank / 0000
Town mark:    NEW YORK / N.Y.
V/F:   


Type SPE-A(CC) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(CC1).jpg

SPE-CC1. Mack Postograph, 1923.    [RRRR]

Type CC1 with meter number zero.
Permit / Meter numbers:    6 / 0
Town mark:    LOS ANGELES / CALIF.
V/F:   



Type SPE-A(CD1) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(CD1p1)1.jpg

SPE-CD1.1(1). International Postal Supply.    [RRR]

Type CD1.1, SAMPLE in outline letters diagonal across the frank.
Permit / Meter numbers:    0000 / 0000
A. Town mark:    BROOKLYN / N.Y. (October 24, 1925)
B. Town mark:    NEW YORK / N.Y. (January 1, 1933)
V/F:   


Type SPE-A(CD2) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(CD1p1)2.jpg

SPE-CD1.1(2). International Postal Supply, 1931.    [RR]

Type CD1.1, VOID in a diagonal panel at the center of the frank.
Meter number:    000
Town mark:    NEW YORK / N.Y.
V/F:   



Type SPE-A(CD3) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(CD2p1).jpg

SPE-CD2.1. International Postal Supply.    [RR]

Type CD2.1, SAMPLE in outline letters diagonal across the frank.
Permit / Meter numbers:    0000 / 0000
Town mark:    NEW YORK / N.Y. (large letters)
V/F:    1½¢


Type SPE-A(CE) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(CE).jpg

SPE-CE. Whitlock, 1924    [RRRR]

Similar to stamps in Sub-group CE this oval stamp has R.G.WHITLOCK at top and SAMPLE INDICIA at bottom. In the center, PRESS / No.19 / PATND. / 8/26/17.
This specimen has the appearance of being made by a rubber hand stamp.
Town mark:    LOS ANGELES / CALIF.
V/F:   


Type ESY-B(CH1) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(CF1).jpg

SPE-CF1. Continental, 1928, or U.S. Postal Meter, 1931.    [RRRR]

Type CF1 series stamp with the center of the frank completely empty.
The stamp is without date and so cannot be positively identified as a Continental stamp or a U.S. Postal Meter (Sub-group CH) stamp since the frank frames are identical. Continental became U.S. Postal Meter in 1931.
Town mark:    CHICAGO / ILL.
V/F:   



Type SPE-A(CH1) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(CF2p1).jpg

SPE-CF2.1. International Postal Supply, 1935.    [RRRR]

Type CF2.1, VOID in diagonal panel across the center of the frank.
Meter number:    00
Town mark:    NEWARK / N. Y.
V/F:    1½¢



Type SPE-A(CG1) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(CG1).jpg

SPE-CG1. Whitlock, 1930.    [RRRR]

Type CG1, SAMPLE in simple line letters diagonal across the frank.
Meter number blank.
Town mark:    LOS ANGELES / CALIF.
V/F:   



Sub-group SPE-D – Specimens of Group D stamp types[edit]




Type SPE-A(CG1) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DB1)A.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(DB1)B.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(DB1)C.jpg

SPE-DB1. Pitney Bowes, 1934.

Type DB1, VOID in diagonal panel across the frank.
Meter number:   ME[TER] NO. 0000
A. Town mark:    SPECIMEN at top, three ornaments at bottom
(USA meter stamp SPE ornaments.jpg)
B. Town mark:    normal town / state
C. Town mark:    normal town and state at top, two ornaments at bottom
D. Town mark:    NEW YORK, N.Y. at top, P.1 at bottom    [RRRR]
V/F:    1¢,  2¢,  5¢,  10¢,  20¢
a. On tape
USA meter stamp SPE(DB1)aa.jpg










Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DB2).jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(DB2)B.jpg

SPE-DB2. Pitney Bowes, 1936.    [RRRR, one cover and one cut-out reported]

Type DB2, SPECIMEN in diagonal panel across the frank.
Meter number:   ME[TER] 0 0 0 0
A. Town mark:    SPECIMEN at top, three ornaments at bottom
B. Town mark:    DALLAS / TEXAS
V/F:    2¢,  10¢







Type SPE-A(DC) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DC).jpg

SPE-DC(1). National Postal Meter, 1936.

DC types with SPECIMEN in bottom panel.
Without meter number
A. Town mark:    normal town / state
B. Frank only without town mark
V/F:    1¢,  2¢,  3¢,  6¢,  15¢



Type SPE-A(DC4) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DC)2.jpg

SPE-DC(2). National Postal Meter, 1934.

DC types with SPECIMEN diagonal across frank and with NPMco.NO.0000 in bottom panel.
Town mark:    normal town / state
V/F:    2¢,  



Type SPE-A(DC1)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DC1p1)1.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(DC1p1)2.jpg

SPE-DC1.1. National Postal Meter, 1933

Type DC1, SPECIMEN diagonal across frank.
A. Meter number:    METER NO. 0000
B. Meter number:    METER NO. with solid block
Town mark:    normal town / state
V/F:    2¢,  







Type SPE-A(DD1) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DD1).jpg

SPE-DD1. International Postal Supply.

Type DD1, VOID in panel with rounded ends diagonal across frank.
Meter number:    NO.0000
Town mark:    normal town / state
V/F:    1¢,  2¢,  5¢,  10¢,  12¢



Type SPE-A(DD2) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DD2)A.jpg

SPE-DD2. International Postal Supply.

Type DD2 with zero (0) cents postage value.
Town mark:    SPECIMEN at top, blank at bottom
A. Town mark:    SPECIMEN at top, blank at bottom
B. Town mark:    SPECIMEN at top, VOID at bottom
Meter number:    METER NO. 5510
V/F:   



Type SPE-A(DE1)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DE1)1A.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(DE1)1C.jpg

SPE-DE1(1). Pitney Bowes.

Type DE1 with SPECIMEN at top of frank and no oval around the value figures.
Meter number:    METER NO 00000
A. Town mark:    SPECIMEN at top, arc at bottom
B. Town mark:    SPECIMEN at top, three ornaments at bottom
C. Town mark:    normal town / state
V/F:    .01,    .02,    .03,    .05,    .06,    .8,    .09,    .10,    .20,    .50,    1.00
a. Impression on tape






Type SPE-A(DE1)2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DE1)2.jpg

SPE-DE1(2). Pitney Bowes.

Type DE1 with meter number all zeros (METER NO 00000).
Town mark:    normal town / state.
V/F:    .03



Type SPE-A(DE2)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DE2)1A.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(DE2)1aa.jpg

SPE-DE2(1). Pitney Bowes.

Type DE2 with SPECIMEN at top of frank and no oval around the value figures.
Meter number:    METER 00000
V/F:    .01,    .02,    .03,    .04,    .06,    .07,    .08,    .09,    .10
a. Impression on tape






Type SPE-A(DE2)2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DE2)2.jpg

SPE-DE2(2). Pitney Bowes.

Type DE2 with SPECIMEN and three ornaments in the town mark.
Meter number:    METER 85325
V/F:    .01,    .01½,    .02,    .03,    .08




Type SPE-A(DE3)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DE3)1A.jpg

SPE-DE3(1). Pitney Bowes.

Type DE3 with SPECIMEN at top of frank and no oval around the value figures.
Meter number:    P.B.METER 00000
A1. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, ornaments at the sides
A2. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, without ornaments
B. Town mark:    SPECIMEN at top, three ornaments at bottom
C. Town mark:    normal town / state
D. Without town mark
V/F:    .01,    .01½,   1½,    .02,    .03,    .04,    .05,    .06,    .07,    .08,    .09,    .10,    .20
-1. With AD'L ½¢ PD. reading up between town mark and frank



Type SPE-A(DE3)2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DE3)2.jpg

SPE-DE3(2). Pitney Bowes.

Type DE3 with CITY / STATE and three ornaments in the town mark.
Meter number:    P.B.METER 76823
V/F:    .03



Type SPE-A(DF1) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DF1).jpg

SPE-DF1. Pitney Bowes.

Type DF1 with SPECIMEN at top of town mark and arc at bottom.
Meter numbers:    METER NO. 01002 and 01003
V/F:    .02,    .03



Type SPE-A(DF2)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DF2p1)1B.jpg

SPE-DF2.1(1). Pitney Bowes.

Type DF2.1 with SPECIMEN at top of frank and no oval around the value figures.
Meter number:    METER   00000
A. Town mark:    SPECIMEN at top, three ornaments at bottom
B. Town mark:    normal town / state
V/F:    .03



Type SPE-A(DF2)2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DF2p1)2B.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(DF2p1)2-1.jpg

SPE-DF2.1(2). Pitney Bowes.

Type DF2.1 with SPECIMEN at top of town mark and three ornaments at bottom.
A. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, two ornaments at the sides (01448)
B. Town mark:    SPECIMEN at top, three ornaments at bottom (01189, 01232, 01267, 01298)
C. Town mark:    SPECIMEN at top, arc at bottom (01134)
Meter numbers with METER prefix
V/F:    .02,    .03
-1. "AD'L ½¢ PD." below frank. (01030)






Typew SPE0A(DF5) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DF2p2)A.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(DF2p2)B.jpg

SPE-DF2.2. Pitney Bowes.

Type DF2.2 with SPECIMEN at top of frank and no oval around the value figures.
A. Town mark:    SPECIMEN at top, three ornaments at bottom
B. Town mark:    normal town / state
Meter number:    METER 00000
V/F:    .03






Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DF3p1)1.jpg

SPE-DF3.1(1). Pitney Bowes.

Type DF3.1 SPECIMEN at top of frank and no oval around the value figures.
A. Town mark:    SPECIMEN at top, three ornaments at bottom
B. Town mark:    normal town / state
Meter number:    P.B.METER 00000
V/F:    .06



Type SPE-A(DF3) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DF3p1)2.jpg

SPE-DF3.1(2). Pitney Bowes.

Type DF3.1 SPECIMEN at top of town mark and three ornaments at bottom.
Meter number:    P.B.METER 01592
V/F:    .03



Type SPE-A(DF6)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DF3p3)1A.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(DF3p3)1B.jpg

SPE-DF3.3(1). Pitney Bowes.

Type DF3.3 with SPECIMEN at top of frank and no oval around the value figures.
A. Town mark:    SPECIMEN at top, three ornaments at bottom
B. Town mark:    normal town / state
Meter number:    P.B.METER 00000
V/F:    1½,    .02



Type SPE-A(DF6)2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DF3.3)2.jpg

SPE-DF3.3(2). Pitney Bowes.

Type DF3.3 with SPECIMEN at top of town mark and three ornaments at bottom.
A. Town mark:    SPECIMEN at top, three ornaments at bottom
B. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, ornaments at the sides
Meter number:    P.B.METER 56016, 56176 and 57455
V/F:    .02,    .03



Type SPE-A(DF7)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DF3p4)1A.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(DF3p4)1B1.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(DF3p4)1B2.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(DF3p4)1C.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(DF3p4)1-1.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(DF3p4)1aa.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(DF3p4)1-2.jpg

SPE-DF3.4(1). Pitney Bowes.

Type DF3.4 with SPECIMEN at top of frank and no oval around the value figures.
A. Town mark:    SPECIMEN at top, three ornaments at bottom
B1. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, ornaments at the sides
B2. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, without ornaments
C. Town mark:    normal town / state
Meter number:    P.B.METER 00000
V/F:    .01,    .02,    .03,    .04,    .05,    .06
-1. AD'L ¼¢ PD. in center of town mark
-2. AD'L ½¢ PD. in center of town mark
a. With slogan NO POSTAGE STAMP NECESSARY / POSTAGE HAS BEEN PREPAID BY with arrow pointing down
b. With directional slug in the bottom of the town mark: 39 CFR 34.65(e)


















Type SPE-A(DF7)2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DF3p4)2.jpg

SPE-DF3.4(2). Pitney Bowes.

Type DF3.4 with SPECIMEN at top of town mark and three ornaments at bottom.
Meter number:    P.B.METER 57096
V/F:    .02,    .03



Type SPE-A(DF8) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DF3p5).jpg

SPE-DF3.5. Pitney Bowes.

Type DF3.5 with SPECIMEN at top of frank and no oval around the value figures.
Meter number:    P.B.METER 00000
A. Town mark:    SPECIMEN at top, three ornaments at bottom
B. Town mark:    normal town / state
V/F:    .01,    .02,    .03,    .04,    .06,    .10



Type SPE-A(DG2) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DG2).jpg

SPE-DG2. U.S. Postal Meter.

Type DG2 with SPECIMEN at top of town mark and three ornaments at bottom.
Meter number:    U.S.METER 1092
V/F:    .02



Type SPE-A(DH1) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(DH1).jpg

SPE-DH1. International Postal Supply.

Type DH1 with zero (0) cents postage value.
Town mark:    SPECIMEN at top, blank at bottom
Meter number:    METER NO. 6087
V/F:    0




Sub-group SPE-E – Specimens of Group E stamp types[edit]





Type SPE-A(EA1) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(EA1.1).jpg

SPE-EA1.1. National Cash Register, October 1930.

Type EA1.1 with blank meter number.
Town mark:    DAYTON, OHIO
Meter number:    NCR Meter (blank)
V/F:    .00





Type SPE-A(EA1) in 2001 edition

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SPE-EA1.2. National Cash Register, October 1930.

Type EA1.2 with blank meter number.
Town mark:    DAYTON, OHIO
Meter number:    NCR Meter (blank)
V/F:    — .00




Type SPE-A(EB1)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(EB1.1)1.jpg

SPE-EB1.1(1). National Cash Register.

Type EB1.1 with SPECIMEN horizontal across the center of the stamp.
Town mark:    PHILADELPHIA, PA.
Meter number:    NCR Meter 0000
V/F:    .00





Type SPE-A(EB1)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(EB1.1)2.jpg

SPE-EB1.1(2). National Cash Register.

AS TYPE SPE(EB1.1)1 but "SPECIMEN" is near the bottom and angled up from left to right.
Town mark:    NEW YORK,N.Y.
Meter number:    NCR Meter 0000
V/F:    .00





Type SPE-A(EC1) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(EC1.1)A.jpg

SPE-EC1.1. National Cash Register

Type EC1.1 with SPECIMEN horizontal across the center of the stamp.
A. All inscriptions in a font with serifs
B. All inscriptions in sanserif font
Meter number:    NCR Meter 0000
V/F:    .00
USA meter stamp SPE(EC1.1)B.jpg











Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(EF1.2C).jpg

SPE-EF1.2C. National Cash Register, August 1969.

Type EF1.2C with meter number all zeros.
Town mark:    DAYTON, OHIO
Company name: N.C.R. COMPANY
Meter number:    NCR Meter 0000
V/F:    — .00
USA meter stamp SPE(EF1.2C) document.jpg


NOTE: This stamp was affixed to a bulletin distributed by NCR in August 1969 titled "EMIT | Effective Materials Information Transfer" which discusses luminescent inks. The stamp, of course, is printed in luminescent ink.














Sub-group SPE-F – Specimens of Group F stamp types[edit]




Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(FA1).jpg

SPE-FA1. Pitney Bowes, 1933.

Type FA1 with meter number all zeros.
Town mark:    WASHINGTON, D.C.
Meter number:    P.B. METER / No.000000
V/F:    0 00 :



Type SPE-A(FB6)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(FB2.2)1A.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(FB2.2)1B.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(FB2.2)1aa.jpg

SPE-FB2.2(1). Pitney Bowes.

Type FB2.2 with SPECIMEN at top center.
A. Town mark:    POSTAGE METER / COMPANY
B. Town mark:    Normal town / state
Meter number:    P.B. METER No.00000
V/F:    . 00 :
a. With hour slug in vertical lines at left.
b. With Registered mail slogan (three versions exist designated A, B, and B-1 by Pitney Bowes)
c. With Special Delivery slogan
USA meter stamp SPE(FB2.2)1cc.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(FB2.2)1bb.jpg
















Type SPE-A(FB6)2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(FB2.2)2.jpg

SPE-FB2.2(2). Pitney Bowes.

Type FB2.2 with meter number all zeros.
Town mark:    Normal town / state
Meter number:    P.B. METER No.000000 (six zeros instead of five)
V/F:    . 00 :



Type SPE-A(FB8) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(FB2.4).jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(FB2.4)aa.jpeg

SPE-FB2.4. Pitney Bowes.

Type FB2.4 with SPECIMEN at top center.
Town mark:    POSTAGE METER / COMPANY
Meter number:    P.B. METER No.00000
V/F:    . 00 :
a. With CONTENTS MERCHANDISE slogan, used as an insert in promotional mailings sent to various businesses in 1935.












Sub-group SPE-G – Specimens of Group G stamp types[edit]




Type SPE-A(GA1) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(GA1)A.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(GA1)B.jpg

SPE-GA1. Pitney Bowes.

Type GA1 with SPECIMEN at top of value tablet.
A. Town mark:    SPECIMEN at top, two ornaments and star at bottom
B. Town mark:    normal town / state
Meter number:    P.B. METER 00000
V/F:    0 00 :






Type SPE-A(GA2)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(GA2)1A.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(GA2)1B.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(GA2)1C.jpg

SPE-GA2(1). Pitney Bowes.

Type GA2 with SPECIMEN at top of value tablet.
A. Town mark:    SPECIMEN at top, two ornaments and star at bottom
B. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, two ornaments at the sides
C. Town mark:    normal town / state
D. Blank town mark (not shown)
Meter number:    P.B. METER 00000
V/F:    . 00 :
a. With postal directional slug at left
USA meter stamp SPE(GA2)1aa.jpg








Type SPE-A(GA2)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(GA2)2A.jpg

SPE-GA2(2). Pitney Bowes.

Type GA2 with specimen status showing inside the town mark.
A. Town mark:    SPECIMEN at top, two ornaments and star at bottom
B. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom (not shown)
Meter numbers:    P.B. METER 95791 for A, unidentified for B
V/F:    . 00 :





Sub-group SPE-H – Specimens of Group H stamp types[edit]




Type SPE-A(HA1)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(HA1).jpg

SPE-HA1. National Postal Meter.

Sub-group HA frank with SPECIMEN at bottom instead of a meter number.
Town mark:    DC with normal town / state
Without meter number.
V/F:    USA meter stamp H VF A.jpeg

  This stamp is known only with value figures: 99 .99 ½

Type SPE-A(HA1)2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(HA1.1).jpg

SPE-HA1.1. National Postal Meter.

Type HA1.1 with SPECIMEN curved at top of frank.
Meter number:    N.P.M. No 00000
TM: DC with normal town / state
V/F:    USA meter stamp H VF A.jpeg



Type SPE-A(HA4) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(HA2.1)A.jpg

SPE-HA2.1. National Postal Meter.

Type HA2.1 with SPECIMEN curved at top of frank.
A. Town mark:    DC with normal town / state
B. Without town mark
Meter number:    N.P.M.——No 00000
V/F:    USA meter stamp H VF A.jpeg
a. With directional slug



Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(HA2.2)aa.jpg

SPE-HA2.2. National Postal Meter.

Type HA2.2 with SPECIMEN curved at top of frank.
Meter number:    N.P.M.——No 00000
TM: BIC with normal town / state
V/F:    USA meter stamp H VF A.jpeg
a. With directional slug reading up at right



Type SPE-A(HB1)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(HB1)1A.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(HB1)1B.jpg

SPE-HB1.1. National Postal Meter.

Type HB1.1 with SPECIMEN curved at top of frank.
A. Town mark:    BIC with normal town / state
B. Without town mark
Meter number:    00000 N.P.M.
V/F:    USA meter stamp H VF C.jpeg






Type SPE-A(HB1)2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(HB1)2.jpg

SPE-HB1.2. National Postal Meter.

As Type SPE-HB1.1 but without a meter number, blank between "No" and "N.P.M."
Meter number:    No        N.P.M.
TM: BIC with normal town / state
V/F:    USA meter stamp H VF C.jpeg



Type SPE-A(HB1)3 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(HB1)3.jpg

SPE-HB1.3. National Postal Meter.

As Type SPE-HB1.1 but the value figures without the wavy line field at right.
Meter number:    No 0000 N.P.M.
TM: BIC with normal town / state
V/F:    USA meter stamp SPE(HB1)3 VF.jpg



Type SPE-A(HB2) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(HB2).jpg

SPE-HB2. National Postal Meter.

As Type SPE-HB1.1 but double circle town mark.
Meter number:    No 0000 N.P.M.
TM: DC with normal town / state
V/F:    USA meter stamp H VF C.jpeg



Type SPE-A(HC1) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(HC1).jpg

SPE-HC1. Commercial Controls.

Type HC1 with SPECIMEN straight at top of frank.
Meter number:    CC—00000
TM: BIC with normal town / state
V/F:    USA meter stamp H VF C.jpeg





Sub-group SPE-I – Specimens of Group I stamp types[edit]




Type SPE-A(IA1) in 2001 edition

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SPE-IA1. Pitney Bowes.

Type IA1 with SPECIMEN at top of value box.
A. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, ornaments at the sides
B. Town mark:    normal town / state
Meter number:    PB METER 000000
V/F:    . 00 :

NOTE: The image shown in the 2001 edition is in fact Type SPE-IA2(1) with the dots at right very faint.

Type SPE-A(IA2)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(IA2)1A.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(IA2)1B actual.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(IA2)1C.jpg

SPE-IA2(1). Pitney Bowes.

Type IA2 with SPECIMEN at top of value box.
A. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, ornaments at the sides
B. Town mark:    normal town / state
C. Town mark blank
Meter number:    PB METER 000000
V/F:    . 00 :











Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(IA2)1B.jpg

SPE.IA2(2). Pitney Bowes.

As Type SPE-IA2.1 but the meter number contains only five digits. This stamp comes from a self-service Mailomat machine on display at the 1940 Worlds Fair in New York.
Town mark:    WORLD'S FAIR / NEW YORK
Meter number:    PB METER 00000
V/F:    . 00 :
USA meter stamp SPE(IA2)1B cover.jpg













Type SPE-A(IA2)2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(IA2)2.jpg

SPE-IA2(3). Pitney Bowes.

Type IA2 with town mark containing CITY at top, STATE at bottom, and ornaments at the sides.
Meter number:    PB METER 100078
V/F:    . 00 :



Type SPE-A(IA3)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(IA3)1A.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(IA3)1B.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(IA3)1C.jpg

SPE-IA3(1). Pitney Bowes.

Type IA3 with SPECIMEN at top of value box.
Meter number:    PB METER 000000
A1. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, ornaments at the sides
A2. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, stars at the sides
B. Town mark:    normal town / state
C. Town mark blank
V/F:    . 00 :








Type SPE-A(IA3)2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(IA3)2.jpg

SPE-IA3(2). Pitney Bowes.

Type IA3 with town mark containing CITY at top, STATE at bottom, and ornaments at the sides.
Meter number:    PB METER 100719
V/F:    . 00 :



Type SPE-A(IA4) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(IA4.1)A1.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(IA4.1)A2.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(IA4.1)C.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(IA4.1)-1a.jpg

SPE-IA4.1. Pitney Bowes.

Type IA4.1 with SPECIMEN at top of value box.
Meter number:    PB METER 000000
A1. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, ornaments at the sides
A2. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, stars at the sides
A3. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, blank at the sides (not shown)
B. Town mark:    normal town / state (not shown)
C. Town mark blank
V/F:    00 :
SURCHARGES:
-1a.    BLK. / RT. / AD'L. /¢ / PD. (horizontal)
-1b.    BLK. RT. /¢ / AD'L. PD. (reading up except for horizontal value)
-1c.    BLK. RT. / AD'L. ⅛¢ PD. (reading up)
-2. As -1c but ¼ value:    BLK. RT. / AD'L. ¼¢ PD. (reading up)
-3. As -1c but ¾ value:    BLK. RT. / AD'L. ¾¢ PD. (reading up) (not shown)
-4. No value specified:    BLK. RT. / AD'L. POSTAGE PD. (reading up)
a. A2 used incorrectly on actual mail
USA meter stamp SPE(IA4.1)A2 used.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(IA4.1)-1b.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(IA4.1)-1c.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(IA4.1)-2 .jpg
USA meter stamp SPE(IA4.1)-4.jpg






















Type SPE-A(IB1) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE(IB1).jpg

SPE-IB1. Pitney Bowes.

Type IB1 with town mark containing SPECIMEN at top and stars and ornaments at the sides and bottom.
Meter number:    P.B.METER 000000
V/F:    00



Type SPE-A(IB3)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-IB3(1).jpg

SPE-IB3(1). Pitney Bowes.

Type IB3 with VOID at top of value box and town mark containing CITY at top, STATE at bottom, and stars at the sides.
Meter number:    P.B.METER 000000
V/F:    00



Type SPE-A(IB3)2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-IB3(2).jpg

SPE-IB3(2). Pitney Bowes.

Type IB3 with blank meter number, nothing below P.B.METER.
V/F:    00



Type SPE-A(IB4)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-IB4(1)A1.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE-IB4(1)A2.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE-IB4(1)B.jpg

SPE-IB4(1). Pitney Bowes.

Type IB4 with SPECIMEN at top.
Meter number:    P.B.METER 000000
A1. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, stars at the sides
A2. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, blank at the sides
B: Town mark:    normal town / state
V/F:    =00
SURCHARGES:
-1.    AD'L. ¼¢ PD. (reading up at left)
-2.    AD'L. ½¢ PD.
a. SEC. 34.66 P.L.&R. below town mark
USA meter stamp SPE-IB4(1)aa.jpg








Type SPE-A(IB4)2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-IB4(2).jpg

SPE-IB4(2). Pitney Bowes.

Type IB4 with town mark containing CITY at top, STATE at bottom, and ornaments at the sides.
Meter number:    P.B.METER 216816
V/F:    . 00 :



Type SPE-A(IC1) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-IC1A.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE-IC1-1.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE-IC1-2.jpg

SPE-IC1. Pitney Bowes.

Type IC1 with SPECIMEN at top of value box.
Meter number:    P.B. METER 000000
A. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, blank at the sides
B: Town mark:    normal town / state
V/F:    .00 :
SURCHARGES:
-1.    AD'L. ¼¢ PD.
-2.    AD'L. ¾¢ PD.







Type SPE-A(IC2) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-IC2.jpg

SPE-IC2. Pitney Bowes.

Type IC2 with SPECIMEN at top of value box and town mark containing CITY at top and STATE at bottom.
Meter number:    P.B.METER 000000
V/F:    .00 :



Type SPE-A(IC3) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-IC3aa.jpg

SPE-IC3. Pitney Bowes.

Type IC3B with SPECIMEN at top of value box.
Meter number:    P.B. METER 000000
A1. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, blank at the sides
A2. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, stars at the sides
V/F:    0 .00
a. With "Parcelmatic" lines at left and slogan at far left "THIS TAPE WAS PRODUCED ON THE PITNEY BOWES PARCELMATIC SYSTEM"




Type SPE-A(IC4)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-IC4.1(1)A1.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE-IC4.1(1)A2.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE-IC4.1(1)aa.jpg

SPE-IC4.1(1). Pitney Bowes.

Type IC4.1 with SPECIMEN at top of value box.
A1. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, blank at the sides
A2. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, stars at the sides
Meter number:    P.B. METER 000000
V/F:    . 00
a. With "Parcelmatic" lines at left







Type SPE-A(IC4)2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-IC4.1(2).jpg

SPE-IC4.1(2). Pitney Bowes.

Type IC4.1 empty at top of value box and with SPEC. as the meter number.
Town mark:    CITY at top and STATE at bottom
Meter number:    P.B.METER SPEC.
V/F:    . 00



Type SPE-A(IC4)3 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-IC4.2A2.jpg

SPE-IC4.2. Pitney Bowes.

Type IC4.2 blank at top of value box and with SPECIMEN as the meter number.
A1. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, blank at the sides
A2. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, stars at the sides
B. Town mark:    Date present but without town mark
Meter number:    P.B.METER SPECIMEN
V/F:    . 00



Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-ID1.jpg

SPE-ID1. Pitney Bowes.

Type ID1 with SPECIMEN at top of value box and town mark containing CITY at top and STATE at bottom.
Meter number:    P.B.METER 0000000
V/F:    .00 =



Type SPE-A(ID2) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-ID2.jpg

SPE-ID2. Pitney Bowes.

Type ID2 with SPECIMEN at top of value box and town mark containing CITY at top and STATE at bottom.
Meter number:    P.B.METER 0000000
V/F:    0.00



Type SPE-A(ID3) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-ID3.jpg

SPE-ID3. Pitney Bowes.

Type ID3 with SPECIMEN at top of value box and no town mark circle.
Meter number:    P.B.METER 0000000
V/F:    .00



Type SPE-A(IE1)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-IE1(1)A1.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE-IE1(1)aa.jpg

SPE-IE1(1). Pitney Bowes.

Type IE1 blank at top of value box and SPECIMEN as the meter number.
A1. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, blank at the sides (value figures with tall triad at left)
A2. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, stars at the sides (value figures with short triad at left)
Meter number:    P.B. METER SPECIMEN
V/F:    0 .00
a. With "Parcelmatic" lines at left





Type SPE-A(IE1)2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-IE1(2)A2.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE-IE1(2)A1.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE-IE1(2)C.jpeg

SPE-IE1(2). Pitney Bowes.

As previous but with SPEC. instead of "SPECIMEN" as the meter number.
A1. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, blank at the sides
A2. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, stars at the sides
B. Town mark:    Normal town and state
C. Town mark:    Date present but without town mark
Meter number:    P.B. METER SPEC.
V/F:    0 .00








Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-IE1(3).jpg

SPE-IE1(3). Pitney Bowes.

Type IE1 with CITY at top and STATE at bottom of town mark.
Meter number:    P.B.METER 6876259
V/F:    0 .00



Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-IE1(4).jpeg

SPE-IE1(4). Pitney Bowes.   [RR-RRRR]

Type IE1 with meter number 0000026. All issued meters that produced the IE1 stamp were numbered in the 6000000 series.
Town mark:    Date present but without town mark
V/F:    0 .00



Type SPE-A(IF1) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-IF1A.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE-IF1B.jpg

SPE-IF1. Pitney Bowes.

Type IF1 with SPECIMEN at bottom of value box.
A. Town mark:    CITY at top and STATE at bottom
B. Town mark:    normal town and state
Meter number:    P.B.METER 0000000
V/F:    .00






Type SPE-A(IG1) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-IG1B.jpg

SPE-IG1. Pitney Bowes.

Type IG1 with SPECIMEN at bottom of value box.
A. Town mark:    PITNEY BOWES at top and SPECIMEN at bottom
B. Town mark:    CITY at top and STATE at bottom
C. Town mark:    normal town and state
Meter number:    P.B.METER 000000
D. Town mark:    CITY STATE at top and CS at bottom
V/F:    .00



Type SPE-A(IG2) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-IG2A.jpg

SPE-IG2. Pitney Bowes.

Type IG2 blank at bottom of value box.
A. Town mark:    CITY at top and STATE at bottom
B. Town mark:    blank
Meter number:    PB METER SPEC and number. Seen:
- SPEC1148
- SPEC1220
- SPEC1930
V/F:    .00



Type SPE-A(IH1)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-IH1(1)B.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE-IH1(1)C.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE-IH1(1)D.jpg

SPE-IH1(1). Pitney Bowes.

Type IH1 with SPECIMEN at bottom of value box.
A. Town mark:    CITY at top, STATE at bottom, blank at the sides
B. Town mark:    normal town and state
C. Town mark:    nil
Meter number:    PB METER 0000000
V/F:    0 .00










Type SPE-A(IH1)2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-IH1(2).jpg

SPE-IH1(2). Pitney Bowes.

Type IH1 with SPECIMEN as the meter number and with town mark containing PITNEY BOWES at top and SPECIMEN at bottom.
Meter number:    PB METER SPECIMEN
V/F:    .00






Sub-group SPE-J – Specimens of Group J stamp types[edit]




Type SPE-A(J)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-JA(1).jpg

SPE-JA(1). Postalia.

Stamp similar to Group JA but without eagle and inner panel at bottom.
SPECIMEN at top of value box, POSTALIA 0000 at bottom.
With three stacked horizontal dashes outside of frank at right.
Stacks of five wavy lines appear at both sides of the value figures.
Double circle town mark with CITY at top and STATE at bottom
V/F:    00
a. With slug SEC. 34.66 - P.L.&R. reading up between town mark and frank.



Type SPE-A(J)2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-JA(2).jpg

SPE-JA(2). Postalia.

Very similar to Type SPE-JA(1) but with P. 00000 at bottom of frank.
V/F:    .00




Type SPE-A(J)3 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-JA(3).jpg

SPE-JA(3). Postalia.

As Type SPE-JA(2) but without the three dashes at far right.
V/F:    .00




Type SPE-A(J)4 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-JA(4).jpg

SPE-JA(4). Postalia.

As Type SPE-JA(3) but with POSTALIA 0000 at bottom of frank.
V/F:    .00




Type SPE-A(J)5 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-JA(5).jpg

SPE-JA(5). Postalia.

As Type SPE-JA(4) but with two horizontal bars extending between the top and bottom of the town mark and frank.
V/F:    .00




Type SPE-A(J)6 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-JA(6).jpg

SPE-JA(6). Postalia.

As Type SPE-JA(5) but the value figures are different, and the stack of five wavy lines at left of the value figures is much narrower.
V/F:    . 00 0




Type SPE-A(JA10) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-JA1.7.jpg

SPE-JA1.7. Postalia.

Type JA1.7 with SPECIMEN at top and small stacked S/A/M/P/L/E at right of frank, and with two wavy horizontal bars extending between the top and bottom of the town mark and frank.
Meter number:     POSTALIA 000000
Double circle town mark with CITY at top and STATE at bottom
V/F:    00.00



Type SPE-A(JA12) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-JA3.1.jpg

SPE-JA3.1. Postalia.

Type JA3.1 with meter number POSTALIA 000000.
Double circle town mark with normal town name and state abbreviation.
V/F:    0000




Type SPE-A(JA14) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-JA3.2.jpg

SPE-JA3.2. Postalia.

Type JA3.2 with meter number POSTALIA 000000.
Double circle town mark with SPECIMEN at top and METER at bottom
V/F:    00.00




Type SPE-A(JA13) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-JA4.jpg

SPE-JA4. Postalia.

Type JA4 with solid block replacing meter number.
Single circle town mark with CITY at top and STATE at bottom
V/F:    0.oo




Type SPE-A(JB1) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-JB1.1.jpg

SPE-JB1.1. Postalia.

Type JB1.1 with SPECIMEN at top and and small stacked S/A/M/P/L/E at left of frank.
Meter number:    POSTALIAOOOOOO
Single circle town mark with CITY at top and STATE at bottom
V/F:    0.00







Sub-group SPE-K – Specimens of Group K stamp types[edit]




Type SPE-A(KA1) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-KA1.1.jpg

SPE-KA1.1. Friden.

Type KA1.1 with SPECIMEN at top of value box.
Meter number:     F METER 000000
Double circle town mark with CITY at top and STATE at bottom.
V/F:    .00



Type SPE-A(KA2) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-KA1.2.jpg

SPE-KA1.2. Friden.

Type KA1.2 with SPECIMEN at top of value box.
Meter number:     F METER 000000
Double circle town mark with CITY at top and STATE at bottom.
V/F:    .00



Type SPE-A(KA3) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-KA1.3.jpg

SPE-KA1.3. Friden.

Type KA1.3 with SPECIMEN at top of value box.
Meter number:     F METER 000000
Single circle town mark with CITY at top and STATE at bottom.
V/F:    .00



Type SPE-A(KB1) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-KB1.1.jpg
USA meter stamp SPE-KB1.1-3.jpg

SPE-KB1.1. Friden.

Type KB1.1 with SPECIMEN above value figures.
Meter number:     F 000000 METER
Single circle town mark with CITY at top and STATE at bottom.
V/F:    .00
SURCHARGES (reading up at far left):
-1. AD'L ¼¢ PD.
-2. AD'L ⅞¢ PD.
-3. AD'L 8/10¢ PD.




Type SPE-A(KB3) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-KB2.3.jpg

SPE-KB2.3. Friden.

Type KB2.3 with CITY at top and STATE at bottom of town mark.
Meter number:     F 041293 METER
V/F:    0.00



Type SPE-A(KC2) in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-KC1.2.jpg

SPE-KC1.2. Friden.

Type KC1.2 with CITY at top and STATE at bottom of town mark.
Meter number:     F METER 013925
V/F:    .00



Type SPE-A(KD1)1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-KD1(1).jpg

SPE-KD1(1). Friden.

Type KD1 with SPECIMEN at top of frank.
Meter number:     F METER 000000
Town mark:     CITY at top and STATE at bottom
V/F:     00     1oo



Type SPE-A(KD1)2 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp SPE-KD1(2).jpg

SPE-KD1(2). Friden.