The Catalog of United States Customized Postage
Created on November 1, 2008 Copyrighted
The USPS Designates These Stamps
As Custom Postage
The intent of the catalog is to provide a
means of classifying stamps which were
There is a significant number of examples
that were created by collectors
primary designs when they are known and as time permits.
To navigate this site use the interactive
buttons or click on the links on each page.
Most stamps have the vendor name printed somewhere on the stamp.
To identify a stamp or lookup a number listed in this catalog start with the vendors button.
Custom Postage and Meter Stamps
Custom Postage by the USPS was an ongoing experiment wherein private vendors print real postage stamps and sell them directly to the end user. Each postage vendor is restricted in the rates and format of his product. The vendor has the responsibility to ensure the image on the stamp meets specific USPS guidelines. Each stamp is a fiscally accountable item for the USPS.
The contract to produce the stamps ran annually from mid May for a one year period.
The USPS has classified Custom Postage as Meter Mail. This action is necessary to circumvent federal restriction placed upon stamps that are produced under direct contract to the USPS. The two most obvious are the restriction against living individuals being on stamps and the restriction against commercial advertising. This classification also allows the vendor to charge a premium above the face value of the stamp.
To read the Official USPS position follow Meter See Section III
I would like to thank those collectors whose interest, encouragement and input made this catalog possible. Among those are my wife Bette Gore, Otto Bergman, Joann Lenz, and Dave Crotty.