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We are very long-time members of the National Speleological Society (NSS), the largest American national cave-exploring organization. We have in stock considerable memorabilia related both to caves and to the Society. Keep watching this page for more material we may add.

PLEASE NOTE - CERTAIN ITEMS IN OUR CAVE LISTINGS WILL ONLY BE SOLD TO CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL SPELEOLOGICAL SOCIETY DUE TO CONSERVATION SENSITIVITY. THESE ITEMS ARE STARRED (5 TIMES) AFTER THE ITEM NUMBER. WHEN ORDERING, PLEASE ENCLOSE YOUR MEMBERSHIP NUMBER. YOU MUST BE LISTED IN THE LATEST NSS MEMBERSHIP MANUAL, OR SEND A PHOTOCOPY OF YOUR CURRENT AND VALID MEMBERSHIP CARD.



Collier's Magazine; October 1, 1954; Cave of the Star, in Mexico;    The climber is Ray de Saussure, a well-known California cave explorer. Inside the issue is a 6-page article illustrated with 9 photographs (6 in color). The article is about their trip to the cave, written by one of the participants. Dr. J Harlen Bretz, a principal cave scientist, was also on the trip. A very collectible issue. There is some wear (especially at the corners), and some soiling, and possible some dampness at one time.
Item#1650................................................................$18.00    Second Image.    Third Image.
5 Howe Caverns (New York) Postcards.     one is a white border style from the 1930s, the others are linens from the 1940s. All are in nice condition, three were postally used. All show different views in the cave.
Item#1651...............................................................$8.00    Second Image.
NSS 1947 Fund Raising Brochure.     10-page fund raising brochure used by the National Speleological Society about 1947. Contains information about the cave/cavern society and their need for funds. Size about 5.5x8.5". One page is intentionally loose so you can give it to the Society with your donation. Nice condition, but the staples have rusted and bled a bit.
Item#1647..................................................................$8.00
1968 Czechoslovakia Cave Club Museum New Years Card.       Contains a very nice cave lake illustration inside, blank outside. Size about 4x6", 2 panels. In their language.
Item#1645...............................................................$7.00
5- 1906 Luray Caverns Postcards, Virginia.   This lot consists of 5 copyright 1906 photographs of interior views in the Caverns of Luray, in Luray, VA. Postally unused. Photos by J. D. Strickler. A bit of corner wear, and some soiling on the backs.   Item#1431......................................................$14.00
Echo River in Mammoth Cave, KY, real photo postcard copyrighted by H. C. Ganter, showing several tour boats on the river. Some corner wear. Unused. Item#1329........................................................$6.00
Poland Speleology Club Christmas and New Year real photo greeting card issued by the Klub Wysokogorski of Krakow, Poland. This evidently was the Commission of Speleology of the Polish Mountaineering Club. The photograph seems to show a cave explorer descending a wire ladder, while on belay from above. Printed on glossy photo paper. Two pages, but the fold is almost separated. Does not effect the image. Probably in the 1950s, based on other similar material we obtained.    Item#1328..........................................$8.00
Legends of Shenandoah Caverns, 24-page booklet. It is a great well-illustrated description of the cave and its surrounding history. Undated, after 1922, but probably not by much. Size 5.5x8". Extremely nice condition. Item#1327R......................................................$9.95       Second Image.
10 different postcards of Mammoth Cave. All are the linen type, very nice color scenes. Unused, very nice condition. Item#1265..................................$9.95
12 glossy photographs taken in the very well-decorated Luray Caverns. All are of various formations, and this cave if jammed full of them. Size 2.75x5.5". Fine condition, one has a jam in the lower border. Item#1264...........................................................$8.00
Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico real photo postcard. It shows a tour group posing in front of some of the spectacular formations in the big room. Has some corner/edge wear, and creases; stain on back. Postally unused, undivided back with DOPS markings, dating the card from 1937 to 1942.  Item#1263..............................................................$7.00      Image of the back.
1946 Carlsbad Caverns Photo Postcard, postally used, showing a photo of the Fountain of the Fairies in Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico. Glossy print, very nice sharp photograph. Light corner wear, corner creasing lower right. Item#1262....................................................$7.00
Beverage Labels (all Caves Dom Teodo'sio) Cavalo Real, 4x4.5". Item#0523.................$5.00
A Guide to the geology in the Bessemer-Birmingham area, Alabama, by Thomas Daniel, a guide book for the NSS Convention's geology fieldtrip, 11 pages, writing on back. Stapled sheets. Item#0527......$2.00
Program of the 81st Explorers Club (New York City) Dinner, 1985, small brochure. Item#0528...$1.00
Discovery at the Rio Camuy, by Russell Gurnee and Jeanne Gurnee, hard bound book, 183 pgs, with dust jacket, 1974, out of print, excellent condition Item#0530..............$25.00
Discovery of Luray Caverns, Virginia, by Russell Gurnee, hard bound book, 107 pgs, with dust jacket, 1978, out of print, dj shows some wear, Item#0531..............$20.00
The British Caver, Spring 1950, 94 pgs, 8x10", small stain on front cover, also covers slightly bent at edges. Item#0532........................$15.00
The British Caver, vol 46, 1967, 113 pgs, excellent condition. Item#0533...............$15.00
National Geographic, September 1925, New Discoveries in Carlsbad Caverns by Lee, and Bats of the Carlsbad Cavern by Bailey, cover a bit soiled. Item#0535........................$10.00
Popular Mechanics, September 1957, The Organ That Plays Stalactites (about Luray Caverns), cover has pics of the new Edsel cars, back cover has a coke ad, slight spine damage, Item#0537...................$15.00
Arizona Highways Magazine, Feb. 1959, has 5-page illustrated article on Skeleton Cave. Magazing shows some wear. Item#0538..........$8.00
Endless Caverns, VA, postcards, complete set of 12 in mint condition, probably 1920's, in their original mailing envelop with the Caverns symbol on it. Envelop has 2 small tears about 1/4" long. Item#0539.................$20.00
Endless Caverns, VA, 32 pg booklet, well illustrated, 5x7", early 1940s, small area torn from cover, some corner wear and soiling. Item #0540.......$6.00
Dan-yr-Ogof: Swansea Valley Caver, 1966, Wales, small 5x7.5" promo sheet (similar to a brochure), 2-sided printing. Item#0549..........$8.00





Endless Caverns Brochure, circa 1940s, New Market Virginia.      Quite well illustrated, contains 12 8x9" pages, brochure folded. Very nice condition.
Item#1644...............................................................$8.00
Adirondack Natural Stone Bridge and Caverns brochure   in Pottersville, NY. Illustrated. Two pages. Nice condition, lower left corner has a light jam.
Item#1646...................................................................$5.00
Guntersville Caverns (in Alabama) Brochure. Home of the Whosababys (don't ask me, I don't know either). Not sure of the date, don't know if it's still a commercial cave anymore. Nice condition, one light crease. Item#1266.....................................................................$8.00
20 different, assorted states, 1970's, like new condition. Item#0551...............$10.00
Wookey Hole, British, perhaps 1940s. Item#0552......$12.00
Marvel Cave, MO, 1968. Item#0554...................$4.00
Mark Twain Cave, MO, abt 1965. Item#0555............4.00
Bridal Cave, MO, abt 1950. Item#0556...........$6.00
Old Spanish Cave, MO, abt 1968. Item#0557.................$4.00
Onondaga Cave, MO, abt 1965. Item#0558...............$4.00
Niagara Cave, MN, abt 1972. Item#0559.................$3.00
Mystery Cave, MN, abt 1972. Item#0560..............$3.00
Mystery Cave, MN, abt 1968. Item#0561...............$4.00
Mystery Cave, MN, abt 1980. Item#0562..........$2.00
The Beautiful Caverns of Luray, in Virginia, 1937, cover photo color in cave, map, photos, excellent condition, item#0192......$12.50
Crystal Grottoes, MD, abt 1960 (?). Item#0563...........$4.00
Diamond Caverns. KY, abt 1968. Item#0564..............$4.00
Mammoth Cave, KY, 1974. Item#0565.................$3.00
Harrison's Cave, Barbados, West Indies, in Spanish. Item#0566.............$3.00





Letterhead (unused), Chillagoe Cavern Park and Cafe, Australia. Item#0567......$5.00
Letterhead (unused), Sociedad Venezolana de Espeleologia, Venezuela. Item#0569...........$5.00
Letterhead (unused), Oregon Speleological Survey Item#0570................$4.00




4 Issues, NSS Bulletin, Cave Fauna articles.      Includes Oct 1966, Oct 1967, and Jan and Apr 1968. These issues each have various articles, but all have information on cave fauna, that is cave animals and/or their remains. Each issue about 6x9.25", 25 to 75 pages each. Fine condition.
Item#1648..............................................................$9.95       Second Image.
6 Issues, NSS Bulletin, 1960s, 1970s.     Includes Apr 1966, July 1977, Oct 1969, Jan and Apr 1970, and Jan 1973. These issues each ahve various cave-related articles, reports of scientific studies, etc. Each issue about 6x9.25", about 25 to 50 pages each. Fine condition.
Item#1649...............................................................$9.95
Bulletin 3 (January 1942), contains articles on fauna, commercial caves, etc., 48 pgs, 8x10.5", front cover is ink stamped with some words, very fine condition otherwise. Item#0571*****.................$95.00
Bulletin 4 (September 1942), contains articles on fauna, commercial caves, animal life, etc, 64 pgs, 8X10.5", back cover has mailing information and stamps to the original recipient of this copy, front cover has a tape mark where they taped the copy together, some foxing and cover fading, Item#0572*****.................$60.00
Bulletin 5 (1943), contains articles on caves in world history, fauna, society library, etc., 64 pgs, 7.5x10.25 ", back cover has mailing information and stamps to the original recipient of this copy, front cover is stamped "Complimentary". Item#0573*****.................$60.00
Bulletin 7 (1945), contains articles on photography, cave life, Mexico, etc., 84 pgs, 7.5x10.5", covers are somewhat soiled, front cover has some stamped words and written notes. Item#0575*****.................$30.00
Bulletin 8 (1946), contains articles on Virginia, caves of the Sewanee (TN) area, Carlsbad Cavern photographs, British isles, etc., 129 pgs, 7.5x10.5", top grade condition, never mailed. Item#0576*****.................$50.00
Bulletin 9 (1947), contains articles on chasms, mapping, geophysics, photography, etc., 84 pgs, 7.5x10.5", cover has some stamped words and an address and 4 cent stamp to the original recipient of this item, back cover has sealing tape mark. Item#0577*****.................$30.00
Bulletin 11 (1949), contains articles on origin, hydrology, saltpeter, safety, etc, 75 pgs, 7.5x10.5", covers partly stained with lite foxing. Item#0579*****.................$30.00
Bulletin 12 (1950), contains articles on Ozarks, Schoolhouse Cave, bat sex, pyramids, etc, 86 pgs, 7.5x10.5", good condition except for cover fading, especially around the spine, and a small stain on the cover. Item#0580*****.................$30.00
Bulletin 13 (1951), contains articles on Wyandotte, cave salamanders, cave deposits, etc, 64 pgs, 7.5x10.5", top condition including covers. Item#0581*****.................$30.00





1952, Hagerstown, MD, 8 pgs, has been folded, Item#0582.............$9.00
1960, Carlsbad, NM, 8 pgs. Item#0587.................$6.00
1961, Chattanooga, TN, 8 pgs. Item#0588.............$6.00
1963, Mountain Lake, VA, 8 pgs, has been folded, some light cover stains. Item#0589......................$6.00
1965, Bloomington, IN, 12 pgs. Item#0590............$6.00
1967, Birmingham, AL, 8 pgs. Item#0592................$6.00
1976, Morgantown, WV, 45 pgs. Item#0594.................$5.00




Note that these early 1940's issues were more like "notices", or mailings to members. They were not cataloged as NSS News at the time but nevertheless were the forerunners of the News. All show foxing, all are original.

Sorry, no specifics listed at this time, but feel free to email a want list!

We have most (not all) issues from January 1948 thru July 1951, and January thru December 1953. Have some multiples. Some have mailing labels and were folded in thirds, others have no labels and were never folded. When ordering specify dates(s). Item#0597*****.......$5.00each


 

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