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Postage Meters

Purpose of this webpage is to survey various postage meters and their manufacturers. Additionally we show typical PNG variations and varieties.

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Proofstrike of PN16 without indicated value

The first metered mail was introduced to Papua and New Guinea in August 1958. Since then over 700 machines have been put into service, many of which have already been withdrawn.

Similar to the Australian metered mail, the machines were given an alphanumeric code, that appears in the actual postmark. For PNG the letters PN were followed by a consecutive number. The first machine was numbered PN1 followed by PN2, etc.

PN1
PN2

The first machines in PNG came from the English-New Zealand firm, Universal Postal Frankers. The company was purchased around 1960 by the American Pitney Bowes organization. Both firms had previously cooperated very closely. The reason for the cooperation was quite simply that Pitney Bowes had no machines in Sterling currency, and Universal Postal Frankers had no decimal machines.

Since 1974 several other manufacturers, such as, Satas, Roneo Vickers Neopost, and Hasler, have appeared in the PNG postal region. 

An exact differentiation of the various machines is not always possible, as for example, Satas and Roneo Neopost, sold identically constructed machines. Both companies are now merged and operate as Alkatel.

In the following illustrations you will find  the PNG impressions. The numbering system is similar to "International Postage Meter Catalog".

A1
A2
A3
A4
A5a
A5b
B1a
B1b
B2
B3
B4
B5
B6a
B6b
B7
B8
B8a
B8b
B9
B10
B10a
B11a
B11b
B12
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