This blog is all about "Flags of the World" on Stamps & other Philatelic items, as well as, on "Indian Flag" and its History from the collection of a veteran philatelist.
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Though, experimental postage meter machines began before
the end of the nineteenth century, and practical trial was carried out in
Norway and New Zealand but it was in the USA that most progress was made
towards a practical machine. The idea of a postage meter came to Arthur H
Pitney in 1901 and a company, the Pitney Postal Machine Co, was formed in 1902
to exploit the invention. In 1919, Pitney met Walter Bowes of the Universal
Stamping Machine Co to sell their Universal cancelling machines. The two men
became partners and in 1920 they set up the Pitney Bowes Postage Meter Co which
eventually became the largest organisation in the field of postage meter
manufacture. The UPU in the Congress
held in 1920 in Madrid, gave the approval of franked mail for transmission
anywhere in the world effective from 1922. (Earlier, it was confined for
domestic mails only).
India - credited
as the first Asian country to introduce postage meter in February 1922, with a
few ‘Ernest Moss model D’ automatic franking
machines imported from New Zealand.
After India gained independence, it was
decided on 24 December 1949 (Saturday) that the designs of the impression made
by the Franking Machines to have “Asoka Chakra”(Emperor Asoka's Wheel of Law) , similar to India’s National
Flag instead of existing ‘British Crown’ and ‘GRI/GVIR’ legends. The earliest
commercially transmitted post-independence Indian meter stamps can be found from
Indian Meter slogan that I have in my collection showing ‘Flags’ dated -2 April 1953 produced by the Universal Multi Value Model.
Lines have distinctive ‘House Flags” and
Industries associated with shipping are traditionally the most prolific user of
flags as their sign or emblem.
Anniversary of Indian Independence (1947-1987)
of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1989)
Some very interesting
pictorial slogan meters having Flag references.
Finally, I am tempted to quote the question and
explanations Harry Dagnal FRPSL offered in his column “Philatelic Backdrop” in
the G.S.M. February 2000 issue,“Are meter marks collectable stamps ?”. And
he continues, “Most stamp collectors he knew saw them (Franking Meters) as the
enemy of ‘proper’ stamps and view with gloom the time when meter marks and
e-mail will mean the end of adhesive postage stamps”. Dagnal , however, did not
share this pessimism; He assures there will always be the traditional stamps,
if only because of the Post Office ...., will not easily relinquish the income
it derives from the collectors. Addendum:
Rajpex-2015, Day: 3, 26th January 2015.
On the third day of
Rajpex-2015, 66th Republic Day of India was celebrated with patriotic fervour and
gaiety. On the occasion a Special Cover was issued on highest National Flag situated at Natural Heritage – Central
Park, Jaipur. For the first time in India Special Cancellation in the form
of Digital Franking using Remotely Managed Franking System (RMFS) had
been applied on the special cover. The Special Meter Frank depicts
National Flag and Slogan ‘Highest National Flag in Rajasthan’ and
‘Greetings on Republic Day’. The meter franks were serially numbered from 1
to 1000.(Source: Indian Philatelists' Forum). In Remotely Operated franking system (RMFS) there is no need to take the machine to Post Office. Funds can be directly credited to machine through telephone interface from server.