Platypus Egg
Platypus Egg

In 1923, young naturalist William Harden (1906-1977) embarked on an around the world tour, collecting specimens along the way. He traveled eastward from his home in Massachusetts, stopping in Spain, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Madagascar, Australia, Tasmania, Samoa, Japan, and Russia, before returning through Alaska (then a territory of the U.S.) and Canada. The following year he entered Princeton University.

This specimen is from Tasmania, where he stayed from February 21 to March 6. The tobacco tin (Egyptian) containing the egg was apparently mailed, along with the postcard, from Melbourne, Australia, the following week.

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