‘Dino’ the Sinclair Dinosaur – a Philatelic Exhibit

After collecting Sinclair dinosaur postage metered mail for so long since first preparing an exhibit (30 years is a long time!), it’s time to revise the old exhibit. So, starting with the two initial logo designs, here’s the first 12 pages. Click on the title page to view the exhibit pages.


Sinclair Dinosaur Postage Meter Title Page


Sinclair Dinosaur Postage Meters – Part 2

Dates of use for the Sinclair postage meters (Part 1) are not recorded anywhere that I’m able to find, so I’ve started and maintain this listing along with several other collectors (Mr. Saul Friess of Miami, Mon. Dominique Robillard and Mon. Maurice Gardiol of France). We hope this is of use to you in your search for ‘Dino’ the dinosaur!

Design 1

Type 1-O (Opaline)

Type 1-O (Opaline)

Type 1-O (Meter #, Color, EKU, LKU)

  • 00000 Blue 11-01-34 Specimen
  • 01008 Green 06-04-40 08-01-40
  • 01027 Blue 11-14-36 03-10-39
  • 01027 Green 03-14-39 03-31-39
  • 01111 Red 11-06-34 —
  • 01111 Green 05-01-36 11-05-37
  • 01144 Blue 09-21-38 12-09-38
  • 01153 Blue 11-10-34 12-04-34
  • 01248 Red 10-26-34 12-04-34
  • 01712 Green 10-17-39 06-13-41
  • 55098 Blue 05-27-35 10-18-35
Type 1-P (Pennsylvania)

Type 1-P (Pennsylvania)

Type 1-P (Meter #, Color, EKU, LKU)

  • 01027 Blue 10-10-34 12-27-34
  • 01111 Green 12-08-39 01-10-39
  • 01144 Green 03-22-35 06-02-37
  • 01144 Blue 02-02-38 05-04-38
  • 01248 Red 04-05-35 01-17-36
  • 01712 Green 11-04-41 03-02-42
  • 55098 Blue 06-08-35 06-29-35


Design 2

Type 2-O (Opaline)

Type 2-O (Opaline)

Type 2-O (Meter #, Color, EKU, LKU)

  • 00000 Blue 07-19-34 Specimen
  • 12101 Blue 03-07-36 —
  • 12526 Blue 10-22-35 —
  • 80042 (red) 10-05-37 (reported)
  • 80893 Blue 04-25-39 07-20-39
  • 81740 Blue 05-02-36 —
  • 81874 Blue 08-23-35 —
  • 82001 Blue 06-04-36 —


Type 2-P (Pennsylvania)

Type 2-P (Pennsylvania)

Type 2-P (Meter #, Color, EKU, LKU)

  • 12526 (blue) 10-06-34 (reported)
  • 80893 Blue 05-05-38 —
  • 81740 Blue 09-17-35 (04-22-37)



Chad – Surface and Airmail Services

Many countries have both surface mail and airmail services available for international destinations. The postage fee of course differs, airmail being more expensive as it arrives quicker than surface mail.

Surface Rate of 60 Francs to USA

Surface Rate of 60 Francs to USA

Surface rate cover dated November 7, 1967 from Baibokoum, Chad to Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Airmail Rate of 90 Francs to Canada

Airmail Rate of 90 Francs to Canada

Airmail rate cover dated April 5, 1968 from Moundou, Chad to Ottawa, Canada.

Tchadanthropus (uxoris) is the subject of debate as to where the fossil remains belong in the scientific classification system. There are arguments for it being an archaic Homo sapien (heidelbergensis), a synonym of Homo erectus and same favor a Homo sapiens classification. Still others indicate it should be considered an unidentified specimen as it’s condition doesn’t allow for accurate measurement even though it’s estimated between 700,000 to 900,000 years old.

The Scopes Monkey Trial and WJ Bryan

A high school substitute teacher, John Scopes, was accused of teaching human evolution in Dayton, Tennessee where it was against the law (Butler Act) in 1925. The trial became known as the Scopes Monkey Trial. It was never clear he actually did teach evolution, but the attention the trial brought to the subject and location made it much of a publicity stunt. The lawyer for the prosecution was William Jennings Bryan who was an active anti-evolutionist as well as a politician. When Bryan was embarrassed by questions from defense lawyer Clarence Darrow, the judge expunged the testimony and the case was closed without a summation, Bryan being declared the winner. The Tennessee Supreme Court reversed the lower court’s decision and Scopes was released a free man.

Special Delivery Fee paid by Issue of 1986

Special Delivery Fee partially paid by Bryan Issue

First class letter (25¢ postage) from Durham, Connecticut to Greensboro, North Carolina dated May 17, 1990 with Special Delivery service ($5.35 fee). The Special Delivery fee was paid with two copies of the $2.00 Bryan issue of March 19, 1986 supplemented with additional stamps (1.60) for a total of $5.60.

Illustrated Corner Cards and Postage Meters

Many organizations utilize illustrations on their mail to bring extra attention to their organization. Some are simple and others elaborate but they are all eye-catching advertising for their respective group. Without these types of corner cards, it would be difficult for most people to identify the organization only by the serial number of the postage meter. Until the recently introduced Illustrated Mail Division which includes corner cards, exhibitors had a difficult time justifying the inclusion of such covers in their exhibits even though they were examples of postal history of these entities. It was a development long needed to expand the horizon of postal history in general. The illustration and return address typically are printed in the same color and at the same time making them one unit.

Position of the Continents before Continental Drift

Position of the Continents before Continental Drift

Service cover of the Furman University Department of Geology, Greenville, South Carolina to Columbus, Ohio dated September 20, 1977. The university leased Pitney Bowes meter machine serial number 631982 and this cover was sent via first class mail at the then rate of 13 cents.

Trek for Survival is Illustrated by the CSEM Cornercard

Trek for Survival Illustrated in the CSEM Corner card

Service cover of the Center for the Study of Early Man, Orono, Maine to A.P.O. N.Y. 09333 (Coleman Barracks, Sandhofen, Germany) dated December 16, 1986. The organization leased Pitney Bowes meter machine serial number 6012167 and this cover was sent via pre-sorted first class mail at the then rate of 18 cents.


Chinese Elk

One of the earliest sets to capture the interest of philatelists with a paleontological bent was from the People’s Republic of China (mainland). The set was issued on April 15, 1958 and the three values depicted a trilobite, a dinosaur and the Pleistocene Chinese elk (Sinomegacerus eurycerus) respectively.

Wrapper with Chinese Elk - Sinomegacerus eurycerus

Wrapper with Chinese Elk – Sinomegacerus eurycerus

This package wrapper was posted from Peking (now Beijing) and sadly, the cancellation is too incomplete to read the date. The wrapped uses 13 copies of the 16 fen stamp with make-up postage (1 fen) paying a surface rate with registration. The total is 209 fen (100 fen equal 1 yuan).

Fossil, Oregon – Mayville Rural Station

Smaller communities often use the post offices of nearby cities and no special indication (other than perhaps the return address as in this instance) that they originated from outside the city is evident in the postmark. There are occasions however when outlying facilities had their own canceling device even though the mail was routed through the larger post office.

Mayville Rural Station

Mayville Rural Station

In this case, the postmark reads “Mayville Rur. (rural) Sta. (station)” along the bottom of the datestamp in addition to the standard town name of “Fossil, Oregon” along the top. The post office began operation in October 1884 with Samuel Thornton as postmaster. I’ve been unable to find the date of final operation for this station in the literature I’m familiar with.