Jim Forte Postal History

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Please enjoy browsing or searching through over 210,000 covers for sale.

What is Postal History?

There are any number of precise and intimidating definitions of postal history. While these are all technically correct, in many ways they miss the wider aspects of hobby.

In a word, postal history is about mail. All over the world almost everyone receives mail. This mail, where it is from, where it is going, how it is paid, how it got to its destination and tribulations it faced in its journey is postal history. It speaks of the time  and place it was mailed, the way it traveled and the scars it picked up along the way.

Since mail touches almost every person, postal history touches almost every interest. If your interest is in a place, perhaps your home town, the country of your ancestors or your favorite vacation spot, postal history will enhance that interest. If transportation  is a passion, the movement of mail encompassed most modes of transport. Mail was the first mover in the development of some air travel and significant in utilizing rail network. Most every significant event of the last 250 years can be traced in the mail. Since every army provides mail for its soldiers, if the military is important to you, then postal history is intertwined.

Mail is a window to the past and a mirror of the present. Postal history opens that window wide and focuses the mirror. It tells us about ourselves, our ancestors, our nation and our world. The simple journey of a letter can be the start of a personal journey to wonders of the world.


New This Week

This week brings over 600 new covers to the site. There is a selection of China with a wide range of covers. The highlight is more recent covers, with some higher denomination PRC uses. There is a group of Lebanon, offering markings, usages, airmail and some censors. There is a large group of U.S. Military covers. There are things of then A.P.O and F.P.O covers with domestic camps, Coast Guard, censors, auxiliary marking and military that do not does not fit elsewhere. The final U.S. additions are Airmail Issues. These are #C23 and #C32 to date. Most of these are overseas destinations. Please click on the country name or  category to see the new additions.  

October 23 U.S. Auction
U.S. Acution
U.S. Auction
    Ends Sunday

The current auction is United States Postal History. This is a small auction with a very wide variety of interesting covers from 1860 to 1994. Please note Washington Franklins, Maritime, Postal Cards, Zeppelins, Prexies and Possessions. The sale closes Sunday October 23 at 6:00 PM Pacific Time. Please click here to enjoy looking at the covers!
    Ends Sunday

 There ere over 500 new covers on the site this week. There is a nice selection of Germany from Nineteenth Century to modern. Look for WWI, Third Reich and Berlin. Canada is on offer with markings and modern usages among other areas of interest. There are U.S. covers withAmericana Issues and Modern Definitives. Most of these are sent to foreign destinations.

United States
Stamps Plus offers a wide range of material, both basic stamps and specialty items. Expect to see used and unused, sets and singles as well as unused stationery, first days, revenues, and the gamut of philatelic items not listed in the catalog.  This week we again have Poland and worldwide. Please click here to visit the site.


Browse This Site

Cover Notification Service - Receive an e-mail notification every time a new cover that fits your interests is added to this site. You can set up the notifications yourself or have me set them up for you. If your interests are fairly general, for example a single country, you can set them yourself. If your interests are more specific, like a particular issue, you might find it easier to ask me to set them up. If you choose to set up your interests yourself, I'll review them to make sure they will work the way you intend.  

Worldwide Postal History - Browse here for the country of your interest.  Covers begin in the 18th Century and continue to the modern era. The emphasis is on 20th century up to about 1950 for larger countries and to about 1960 for smaller countries, You will find International Airmail, Town Cancels, Auxiliary  Markings, Stampless,  Registered, Advertising, Censors, Special Delivery and just about anything else you can imagine.

U.S. Postal History - Explore thousands of U.S. covers arranged to be browsed by issue.  The stock is strongest in foreign destinations after 1920, but you'll find a bit of everything including 19th century.

U.S. Postal History By State - Use this section to browse for covers based upon the place where they were used. Explore local postal history in hundreds of covers for each state, a bibliography of literature available for each state, and market analysis.

United States Post Offices - This is a reference that lists the name and dates of operation of every post office in the U.S. The list is the best reference ever published in one place. A far better representation of both Alabama and Georgia is now online. Despite constant additions and corrections, it is still a work in progress. 

Military Postal History  - Browse here for war covers I have a strong stock of military covers of all types, with an emphasis on U.S. World War II material. Look for U.S. A.P.O. covers, U.S. Ship covers, Worldwide Civil Censors, U.S. Naval Shore Stations, Field Posts from most parts of the world and Prisoner of War and Internee mail. . You're welcome to use on-line copy of my book A Price Guide to U.S. A.P.O. Covers of the Second World War.

Airmail Postal History Browse for first flights, catapults, zeppelins, crash covers, trans pacific and all range of international airmail.

Save Your Cart- You may now save your shopping cart for up to 90 days. Simply click on Save Cart on  the menu bar at the left or bottom link bar and log into your account. Come back any time within the next three months to review and purchase your selections by clicking Retrieve Cart. to check out the cart. Do please understand that saving items does not remove them from inventory or place them on hold for you.  

Upcoming Additions


October 17
U.S. Airmail Issues
U.S. Military


October 24
U.S. Pacific Possessions
New Hampshire


Coming Soon
Great Britain
Cayman Islands
Hong Kong

U.S. Banknotes
U.S. First Bureaus
U.S. 19th Century Commemoratives
U.S. 1902 Definitives
U.S. 1954 Liberty Issues
U.S. A.P.O.'s
New Jersey
New Mexico

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