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Universal Postal Frankers

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1929. British Industries Fair catalogue.

of Victory House, 99-101 Regent Street, London, W1. Telephone: Gerrard 8563-4. Cables: "Francopost, London". (1929)

of 88 Regent Street, London, W1. Telephone: Regent 2982. Cables: Ditto. (1947)

1922 Universal Postal Frankers (UPF) incorporated as private company.

1923 It began supplying a version of a New Zealand developed postal franking machine after it had been approved by the Post Office.

1929 Pitney Bowes Inc acquired 94 per cent of the share capital of UPF which continued to operate autonomously, manufacturing its own range of postal franking machines but also acting as distributor of Pitney Bowes Inc's postal franking machines in the United Kingdom. UPF also developed an export trade in these products.

1929 British Industries Fair Advert for 'The Universal Midget Postal Franker'. Manufacturers of Postal Franking Machines to abolish the in offices of adhesive postage stamps. The payment made is "set" on the machine meter and can be extended in "franks" of any denomination. (Stationery Section - Stand No. PP.3) [1]

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Postal Franking, Post Office Cancelling, Stamping and Counting Machines. (Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. B. 1443) [2]

1950 Frankopost was the trade name used in the UK by Universal Postal Frankers, until they amalgamated with Pitney Bowes, of the United States, in 1959.

1959 Pitney Bowes Inc acquired the remaining shares in UPF.

1960 UPFs name was changed to Pitney-Bowes Ltd

1961 Manufacturers and dealers in machinery for franking letters, telegrams, cablegrams, marconigrams and receipts. [3]

1975 Name changed to Pitney Bowes Ltd

1982 Name changed to Pitney Bowes PLC

See Also

  • [1] Competition Commission
  • [2] Meter Franking

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