These meters are scarce and were in use about a year. The whole Postal Value Indicated (PVI) effort which lasted three years proved difficult to maintain as it was expensive to keep sending out a repairman from Port Moresby everytime the machines broke down. Images courtesy of Wolfgang Holzl.
The well documented PNG butterfly design was apparently an attempt to have the silver line used to center the image. Later other Australian printers were developed for Counter Printed Stamps and one still remains in use in Adelaide today
The cumulative numbers on the labels are believed to have carried the following codes using the first 2 letters: 11 Boroko, 12 Port Moresby, 28 Mt Hagen, 41 Lae, 44 Goroka, 51 Madang, 62 Kimbe, ? Alotau (per Richard Peck). I believe this was the first practical application of the postal codes which were introduced around the same time.
|PNG PVI Butterfly Stamp Census|
|Machine No.||Date of Use||Town||Label Number||Value||Comments|
|December 1, 1995||Kimbe||62992890||0.21||RP|
|January 9, 1996||Alotau||1.45||no code|
|April 4, 1996||Madang||0.04||manuscript 4t|
|April 25, 1996||Alotau||0.04||no code|
|June 4, 1996||Alotau||1.2|
|3502||Sept 8 1995||Kimbe||62001195||1.41||RP|
|3502||October 13, 1995||Kimbe||62001307||RP|
|3583||March 5, 1996||Madang||51000405||0.05|
|3583||March 6, 1996||Madang||51000429||0.15|
|3594||Jul 29 1998||Wewak||53000064||0.25||used same day/ made at 14:46|
|3594||Jul 30 1998||Wewak||53000122||0.25||used same day/made at 10:06|
|3594||Wewak||53000193||0.25||used 12 October/made at 11:51|
|3594||Wewak||53000208||0.25||used 11 August/made at 11:51|
This series has its origins at the counters in Australian post offices as TIM machines were trialled in 1951 for parcels post. These led to the purchase of National Cash Registers from 1957. By the mid 1980s these were replaced by Postal Charge Calculators, invented in Australia which were modified desk top calculators. These could interface with existing electronic scales. A Melbourne firm went further and invented the Combined Scale Calculator. These were sold in Australia from 1991.
In an effort to “brighten up” the image, there were several attempts at using imagery in the designs. Suddenly in 1994 a “kangaroo and koala” design appeared and there were several attempts at using self adhesive labels with pre-printed backgrounds, but few were successful at this time.
In PNG, CSCs were introduced in 1995. The first design consisted of a bird of paradise and is known used at:
Machine location date value comments
3447 ? 19.7.95 K0.21 unpostmarked
3997? Boroko 31.7.95 K0.21 postmarked by machine
3552 Madang? ? K0.24 cds indistinct
3593 ? 7.9.95 K0.21 unpostmarked
The bird was then replaced by the post office “P” logo and receipts are known:
Machine location date value comments
3593 Mt Hagen 6.9.95 K1.41 “Registered” “Air Mail”
3517 Boroko 4.10.95 K0.04 make up, postmarked
? Lae 31.10.95 K0.25 label squashed
3472 Lae 6.11.95 K0.04 make up
3603 Boroko 15.12.95 K1.00 machine posrmark
3491 Boroko 22.1.96 K0.0.04 make up, postmarked
3583 ? 6.2.96 K0.04 make up
? Boroko 25.2.96 K0.21
3599 ? 17.5.96 K0.50+0.50 joined
3520 Goroka 24.6.96 K0.21+0.30 plus receipt
3561 Pt Moresby 26.6.96 K0.50 with stamp
3565 Madang 4.7.96 K0.50 receipt
3472 Lae 9.7.96 K0.21 plus receipt
3599 Kimbe 19.2.97 K0.50 postmarked “Par Avion”
As a matter of interest, Norfolk Island introduced CPS with a pre-printed tree design on 30.4.97 from machine 3811 in black. By 28.10.99 the image was purple. A FDC of a later design in 2001 actually shows the CSC machine. Pretext was the need to post boxed cigarettes in bulk but there was a lot of philatelic use!
The Isle of man is the only other known country to have used CSCs, with a pre-printed design.
Thanks to Richard Peck and to Wolfgang Holzl for their effort in preparing this discussion.