Gallery of Paleontology and Paleanthropology
related Commemorative Cancellations.
Here you can see almost 1.000 images of
commemorative postmarks and meter franking depicting dinosaurs and
other prehistoric animals, prehistoric plants, fossils, paleontologists
and paleoanthropologists, Natural History Museums
as well as some contributors to Paleontology and Paleoanthroplogy
science, Charles Darwin for example.
There are many issued 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 resolution preferred).
postage stamps directly related to Paleontology and
Paleoanthropology (dinosaurs and other
prehistoric animals, fossils, paleontologists and paleoanthropologists),
postage stamps indirectly related to Paleontology and
Paleoanthropology (fossil-found places, some
flint tools, Natural History Museums, contributors to Paleontology and
"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 postmarks are usually larger as
regular CDS (Circular Date Stamp) and contain an extra image and/or
some special text to sign
some event of anniversary. Usually commemorative postmarks are round
or rectangular, but can be also free form. Sometimes it is split in two
parts: regular date postmark and
commemorative image or text attached to it. Meter franking:
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.
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.
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.