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 Rare and Unusual Self Service Meter Stamp Image Gallery

Most experiments with self service meters were short lived and sometimes went little noticed. The earliest known 

were the three di Brazza machines placed in New York in 1897 as discussed in the MSS Bulletin issue 237.

 

 

 

 

Here we present a selection of images from a MSS Bulletin issue 261 discussion of a number of other experiments. 

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USSR from Exhibition 1933
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USSR "Automatic Post Office", 1933

This print was made by a coin operated vending machine stationed at the Exhibition of Socialist Communications in Moscow in 1933. This image is shown on the cover of MSS Bulletin issue 261. 

 

Joel Hawkins


Figure 2. Kahrs Norway 1900
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Figure 2. Kahrs Norway 1900

The Kahrs meter was long accepted as the first meter used in the world until the di Brassa meter was discovered in the late 1990's.

 

 

Richard Stambaugh


Figure 3a. Wales machinges of New Zealand 1904.
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Figure 3a. Wales Machines of New Zealand 1904.

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Richard Stambaugh


Figure 3b. Moss Machines of New Zealand 1904.
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Figure 3b. Moss Machines of New Zealand 1904.

 

 

Richard Stambaugh


Figure 4. Wilkinson Trial
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Figure 4. Wilkinson Trial

The Wilkinson trial in London from January to August, 1912 was quite famous and stamp collectors produced several hundred covers.

 

 

Richard Stambaugh


Figure 8.  Francotyp Berlin 1954/1955
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Figure 8. Francotyp, Berlin 1954/1955

These units were used at two locations in Berlin. Properly mailed examples are relatively rare.

 

Richard Stambaugh


Figure 9. OMT "Posto Automatico" 1956 and 1965.
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Figure 9. OMT "Posto Automatico" 1956 and 1965

The OMT machines were placed at various machines in Rome in 1956 and again in 1965.

 

 

Richard Stambaugh


Figure 10a. Comac of New Zealand 1964
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Figure 10a. Comac of New Zealand 1964

Coin Machines Ltd. of Christchurch installed a single machine at the post office for six weeks in 1964.

 

Richard Stambaugh

 


Figure 10b. Comac of New Zealand 1972.
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Figure 10b. Comac of New Zealand 1972.

Coin Machines Ltd. installed one machine each in all the major cities of New Zealand in 1972.

 

 

Richard Stambaugh


Figure 11a. USSR Perm Registered Meter, 1970's.
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Figure 11a. USSR Perm Registered Meter, 1970's.

Not much is known about these registered mail machines that appeared in the USSR and other Eastern Block countries.  Perm was the only native maker of meter machines and the only thing known about the company is that it was located in the city of Perm, thus the name used by meter collectors.

 

Joel Hawkins


Figure 14.  Kokuto Koki Kogyo tests 1970 and 1974.
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Figure 14. Kokuto Koki Kogyo Tests of 1970 and 1974.

Little is known (to the non-Japanese speaking) about two tests by this company because information written in Japanese remains untranslated. Requests have been made for assistance in the translation of these documents.

 

Richard Stambaugh



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