There are should be much more Paleontology and
Paleoanthropology related postmarks. If you have any
cover or postcard with such cancellation not listed here, please
share it scan with Admin
of this site (600 dpi are preffered).
"An official mark stamped on a letter or other postal package, giving
the place, date, and time of posting, and serving to cancel the postage
Dictionaries) Modern postmarks are often applied
simultaneously with the stamp killer that marks the postage stamp(s) as
having been used. Postmarks may be applied by hand or by machines,
using methods such as rollers or inkjets, while digital postmarks are a
recent innovation. (Wikipedia).
Commemorative postmark are usually a little bit bigger as
regular one and contain an extra image and/or some special text to sign
some evevent of anniversary. Usually commemorative postmarks are round
or rectangular, but can be also free in form. Some
times it is split for two parts: regular date postmark and
commemorative image or text attached to it.
imprints an amount of postage, functioning as a postage
stamp, a cancellation and a dated postmark all in one. The meter stamp
serves as proof of payment and eliminates the need for adhesive stamps.
distinguished from a postmark, always include a paid
rate towards the mailing. Meter franking made by postage meter
or franking machine - mechanical device used to
create and apply physical
evidence of postage (or franking) to mailed
matter. Postage meters are regulated by a country's postal
The Commemorative postmarks and meter franking can be divided
in several groups:
1. Minerals and Fossils trade and show events took place in several
locations in the world, some of them design commemorative postmarks or
meter franking in cooperation with local post authority. 2.
Philatelic clubs. Some philatelic clubs/communities issue commemorative
postmarks or meter franking in cooperation with local post authority
for their events. Annual meeting, exhibits etc. 3. Some
municipalities and companies located at natural parks with
important fossil found location might use some commemorative postmarks
or meter franking to attract some tourists to visit the region. 4.
Most interesting category is postmarks and meter franking issued by
natural history museums that shows their artifacts and some
paleontologic organizations that issues postmarks and meter
franking to commemorate their events or anniversaries.
Country name and year of issue of
postmark or meter franking is
underneath of every image. Some postmarks and meter franking were/is
available for long period of time. In case when its design is unchanged
only one image is presented below.