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Lascaux ice age cave painting of three cows and two horses.

One goal of collecting is to dig out those special 'objects' from among the common; it's both fun and a challenge. These items don't need to cost a great deal as they, like their museum counterparts, are simply difficult to find and once found, revered. These are a few of the (philatelic) 'objects' that contribute to great collections. Thanks to our contributors for their graphic scans. - Asterisks indicate the most recent entries for each area.

Prehistoric

Burial Megalith - Censored Danish postal card to Germany
Burial Megalith - Censored German 'service cover' with pictorial cancel
* Burial Megalith - German commemorative 'postal card' First Flight
Carnac Alignment - French slogan cancel on postcard
Cave Art - French registered cover of postal administration
Cave Art - Spanish airmail cover with strip of stamps
Neandertal - 1937 German 'advertising cover' with pictorial cornercard
Niua Foou - $5.00 high value, single franking on cover to Germany
Swedish Rock Art - 5 x 50 ore definitives on packet card to Belgium

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Egyptian

* King Tut - Usage of stamp issue on cover from the 'sand dunes'
Ramses - Multiple usage of stamp issue on cover

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Roman
* Roman Bust - German issue/cancel on registerd museum cover
Roman Statue - German postage meter, Weissenburg museum

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Old World Cultures
Biskupin Settlement - Commemorative cancel on cover
Discovery of Glass - 1940 U.S. postage meter on cover
* Gold Hat - Commemorative cancel on official post office cover
Hallstatt Culture - Commemorative cancel on registration certificate
Lost Worlds - Horizon Books advertising cover

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Pacific / Asian Cultures
* 'Ancient Art of Japan' - Machine slogan cancel

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African Cultures
'Rock Art' - Multiple issues on cover
* 'Rock Art' - Single issue on cover paying airletter rate to U.S.

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New World Cultures
Flint - 1934 U.S. city precancel on postage dues
* Native American - 1938 U.S. registered meter tape on parcel cut

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Personalities
Charles Darwin - Charles Darwin stamp pair on cover
Lewis and Clark - U.S. First Day Cover returned with DDR auxiliary label
Mary & Louis Leakey - First Day Cover to Olduvai with signatures
Richard Leakey - First Day Cover with signature
Thomas Jefferson - Thomas Jefferson illegal stationery cut on 1928 cover
Charles Peale - Charles Wilson Peale commemorative stamp paying due
* Rudolf Virchow - East German definitive stamp paying rate for samples

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Conferences / Congresses
XVI Congress - International Anthropology / Prehistory Congress 1936
XVII Congress - International Anthropology / Prehistory Congress 1937
* IV Congress - Prehistoric Sciences 1954

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Museums
Service Cover - Advertising slogan cancel 'Visit the British Museum' 1964
Multiple on Cover - Palais has a museum inside on early man, 1952
Federsee - Special cancel 'Unique Prehistory Finds / Excavation in Fall' 1922
* Multiple on Cover - Smithsonian, with return marking 'Deceased'.
Smithsonian - Perforation shift (Penn Academy inscription) on cover

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Miscellaneous
* Archaeology - 1940 French machine slogan cancel on postal card
Archaeology - Peruvian machine slogan cancel, 'Archaeology'
Society - 1924 German Scientific Society Cover with Cornercard


Contributors
Fran Adams - USA
Peter Brandhuber - Germany

 

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