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Posted 06/02/2014   01:32 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
According to the online International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog, the indicia shown in the previous illustration (USPMSC VM-A-GB2 or IPMSC PV3) was only used on two Mailomat machines: Meter #101 and 51001. Many other Mailomat indicias exist, but only those two machines used the one specifically shown in the previous illustration.
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Posted 06/02/2014   01:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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IBFS: But I cannot...find when it was last used and why it was taken out of service.


According to one news article:


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World War II interfered and the company converted its production to the war effort. The promotion of "streamlined mailing, with no adhesive stamps required" was put on the back burner.
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Edited by wt1 - 06/02/2014 01:39 am
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Posted 07/07/2014   04:18 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I picked up an interesting meter recently, though I was more interested in the cover for other reasons. It's a NYC meter dated June 1, 1939 stamped on a Philatelic Truck souvenir sheet -- and signed by Ralph Davis, the truck's supervisor. The cover notes that this is "from first 'Postometer' put in use at Penn Sta. Gen'l Post Office."




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Posted 07/07/2014   07:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kevin504 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
GregAlex.....
NICE!! Very unusual find!!
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Posted 07/07/2014   09:00 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add smauggie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That meter is from a vending machine (Mail-o-mat likely).
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APS Member #: 222539 AAPE, Maplewood Stamp Club (MN), Northern Philatelic Society, US Philatelic Classics Society, Auxiliary Markings Club, Canal Zone Study Group, Minnesota Postal History Society
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Posted 07/07/2014   09:56 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add I_Love_Stamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here's an old meter that I've had tucked in the back of one of my lighthouse binders. I though you "meter-heads" might want to take a crack at it? I haven't found out too much about it other than probably from a bank or financial institution someplace in Chicago?


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Posted 07/07/2014   11:18 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The "Registered Mail" P.B. Meter 90122 was assigned to the Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago.

There was a study done on this particular meter by the Machine Cancel Society in 2009 on pages 21-23 at this link:

http://www.machinecancel.org/forum/...el_forum.pdf

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Edited by wt1 - 07/07/2014 11:20 am
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Yeah that's all I came up with too! Thank you very much.

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