Jim Forte Postal History

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Welcome to Jim Forte Postal History

Please enjoy browsing or searching through over 165,000 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

The 2014 Year End Sale

Welcome to Jim Forte Postal History’s 2014 Year End Sale. From now until 11:59 PM Pacific Time Sunday January 4 enjoy great savings. Please take a 10% discount on any purchase of $15.00 or more. If you can find at least $60.00 to your liking, take a 20% discount. Find $1000 or more and take a 25% discount. The discounts does not apply to purchases made from Delcampe or Stamp Auction Network. Click here to learn how to claim your discount.

China in Asia Auction
Thailand From Asia Auction
This is small sale of Asian covers and postal history. There are China, Hong Kong, Indochina, Malaysia and Thailand. Look for nice airmail, markings and interesting usages. The sale ends Sunday afternoon January 18, 2015. Please click here and enjoy looking at the covers.

This week bring another 700 new cover to the site. There is a nice range of Brazil with a good run of airmail and stamp usages. There is a group of Canada. This is the first group of what will many thousands of covers from the International Youth Services horde addressed to Finland. These covers are from small town throughout Canada, have a wide range if auxiliary marking from being mispaid and there are many nice usages of oversea rate stamps. The first 150 covers cover a period of about one month. The covers will range from the mid 1960's to the mid 2000's. This should be lots of fun for just about any Canada postal history collector whose interests reach into the time period. There is a another new group of Germany with a range of usages including postal cards, markings, WWI era censors and markings, Third Reich and post war. In U.S. covers Official stamp franked covers are on offer, some 19th Century but more modern. The last new group is Military from the U.S. Vietnam War. Please click on the country name or category to see the new additions. 

There were 4300 new covers on the site last week. The majority are California. This is an excellent selection of covers from throughout the state. There are over 100 Express covers. There is a good selection of doane cancels. You can click here to see all the new covers or click here to go to the California page to view by county or usages. There are also Airmail Issues in U.S. covers. In world covers look for Netherlands with a nice range of maritime markings, airmail uses and more. There is a group of Great Britain with emphasis on international airmail, along with a range of other markings and usages. Ireland is on offer with early markings and stamp usages from the Republic. There is a run of New Zealand with many nice marking and some early view cards. A small group of Pakistan is added with nice uses to overseas destinations. The final new additions are Rhodesia with a good run of markings. Please click on the country name or category to see the new additions.

Discount CoversA number of the features of this site make it impossible to offer less expensive covers. The scans, descriptions, free shipping and unlimited return privilege mean that most of the covers here are $10 and up. That doesn't mean there aren't lots of interesting covers and postal history that sell for less. I have a new website called Discount Covers. Enjoy browsing though thousands of covers priced at $1.25, $2.50 or $3.75. Over 145,000 covers are available. You'll have a good time. Please visit http://www.discountcoverstore.com.

Discount Covers is having a sale! No coupons necessary. All prices will be reduced!

All $1.25 covers are reduced to $1.00 each.

All $2.50 covers are reduced to $2.00 each.

All $3.75 covers are reduced to $3.00 each.

Price reduction will only apply to purchases made from The Discount Cover Store between 12/6/2014 and 12/20/2014, all other regular terms and conditions of sale remain in effect.

Our next upload will be in a few weeks, as always, we will send you an email notifying you in advance.

Cook Islands
My newest web site is Stamps Plus. The goal is to offer 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. We just pruchased a large world collection. This will be listed over the next several months A to Z. 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 are 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


December 15

U.S. Officials
U.S. Vietnam War


Coming Soon

Great Britain
Hong Kong
South Africa
United Arab Emirates
Fourth Bureaus
U.S. Prexies
U.S. Prominent Americans
U.S. Post 1950's Commemoratives.

U.S. A.P.O.'s

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