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Henry O. Meisel was the president of the American Metered Postage Society (AMPS)

 from the mid 1930's to some time in the 1960's. Meisel was a forceful presence who injected a little excitement into the hobby by regularly preparing interesting meter and permit covers.  While one could be very creative in preparing a permit, there are rules about meter design and Meisel often modified the meter design, apparently with some tolerance from the local post office. Here are a few of Henry Meisel's metered covers.

 

References to Henry go back to the 1920's when he was involved in motorcycle events using an Indian Motorcycle. He created covers to commemorate these events. His newsletter, the American Metered Postage Society Bulletin can be found at the Spellman Postal History Museum in Weston, MA. He also had another newsletter named Indicia News held at the APRL.  Attached is a Letter from Ernest Roscoe to the editor of the Canadian Meter Study Group (CMSG) in 1984 reminiscing about Henry O. Meisel.

 

 

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Low numbered Pitney Bowes Eagle with AMPS slug
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Early AMPS Cover December 16, 1940

The advertising slug on this early AMPS cover shows September 15, 1935, likely the birth date for AMPS.

 

David Crotty


Modified Town Mark
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First Convention November 25, 1952

 

 

David Crotty


Roman Numeral for Date
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Roman Numeral in Date, May 5, 1953

The US never authorized the use of Roman numerals for dates.

 

David Crotty


Unusual Placement of Permit
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International Postal Supply Meter December  11, 1954

Meisel's permit number was often used in creative ways.

 

 

David Crotty


IPS Philatelic Modification
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International Postal Supply Meter July 3, 1954

The I.P.S notation with the meter number was never used officially.

 

David Crotty


Town Mark Inverted
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IPS Meter with inverted town mark, December 20, 1955

The "Last Day Cover" may have refered to the Clintonville Centenial as postmarked on the reverse of this cover. The postal code slug probably did not apply.

 

David Crotty

 


Date Bloted Out
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Modified Town Mark

The date is blotted out in this example, and unneeded permit number is included with the town name and a postal code section slug that probably did not apply are evident in this cover.

 

David Crotty


NCR Meter with AMPS Slug
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NCR Meter with AMPS Slug, May 25, 1958

NCR meters often contained a slug identifying the sending company but few were this verbose.

 

David Crotty


An Unmodified UK Meter
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An Unmodified UK Meter, May 15, 1961

AMPS sometimes had conventions in Canada but this one was in the UK.

 

David Crotty


An Unmodified Canadian Meter
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An Unmodified Canadian Meter, March 31, 1964

The second AMPS convention in Canada..

 

David Crotty


An Unmodified Japanese Meter
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An Unmodified Japanese Meter, July 18, 1953

 

It is not clear how Mr. Meisel moved from President (often General Manager) to Secretary Treasurer in this case.

 

David Crotty

 

Meisel Local Post Cover 1965

 

 

Meisel Local Post Cover

1965

Meisel produced many meter covers but also produced a number of permit covers and in addition the odd Local Post Cover.


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