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Postage Metering Devices

Pitney Bowes DM-3 postage meter

Description:

The Pitney Bowes company introduced their latest advancement in metered mail in 1949 with the official introduction of the Model “DM” (Desk Model) postage meter. Long research and extensive field testing had taken place since 1942. The introduction of this unit opened a vast new market, not only among mailers of modest amounts of mail, both letters and packages, but as auxiliary equipment for larger users as well. The meter is capable of printing on letters and tape as well as printing a postmark ad. The DM was hand operated and had values of one cent, two cents, two and one-half cents through 20 cents. The DM-3 had improved means to set the dater and included an envelope sealer.

The DM is a self-contained postage device and is rented on an annual contract basis. It has two registers, the top one shows descending (credit) and the other is ascending (amount used). This DM-3 has the six-digit serial number 485835 and windows displaying postage total of “0092” and balance of “30692.” The meter can be set for $99.99. The second stamp position allows the user to create more than a 20-cent stamp on the same envelope, or multiples on a tape.

Date:
1950s-1960s
Medium:
metal
Dimensions:
5.75 x 6.25 x 9 in. (14.605 x 15.875 x 22.86 cm)
Museum ID:
1993.2038.3.1
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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