Jim Forte Postal History

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Welcome to Jim Forte Postal History

Please enjoy browsing or searching through over 170,000 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

British Commonwealth Sale
British Commonwealth Auction
   Ends Sunday!
The current sale offers a nice range of British Commonwealth. The sale starts with Great Britain with nice QV usages, a scarce KGV first day and South Atlantic Airmail. There are a couple of scarce Canada cancels. There is a rare Australia Gift Parcel stationery label. Throughout the commonwealth there are markings, usages, airmail and censors. There is something for most collections. Enjoy browsing through the covers.
Please click here to view the sale. The sale will close Sunday April 26 at 6:00 PM Pacific Time.

This week brings over 500 new covers. There is a selection of Belgium which offers view cards, WWI military, some flights and stamp usages. There is also a group of Belgian Colonies with some stationery, airmail and censors. A selection of Greece is on offer with a wide range of view cards, airmail and more. In U.S. there are 1940's Commemoratives and 1954 Liberty Issue. The highlight of these sections is foreign destinations, many airmail. Also in U.S. there are Maritime covers, including paquebots, sea post offices and private ship markings. Please click on the country name or category to see the new additions.

There were over 1000 new covers on the site last week. There is a new selection of Germany with interesting WWI, Sudetenland cancels, Bohemia and Moravia and some unusual postwar. There is a selection of Austria Offices Abroad with a few unusual markings and a few nice view cards. Hawaii has been updated with a nice selection of new covers, mainly territorial. You can see all the Hawaii here or click here to see only the parts of Hawaii you would like. The final new additional this week are U.S. Postal Stationery uses. There is a nice range of foreign destinations with a nice group of Air Letters. 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.

Several thousand covers are new Monday April 20th.  

Included this month are covers from, France, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Hungary, Luxembourg, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Vatican City, Cyprus, Lebanon, Turkey, Romania, Russia, Estonia, Nepal, Haiti, Monaco, Morocco, Dominica, Chile, Iceland, Ireland, Greenland, Mexico, Canada, Finland, Ivory Coast, Trinidad, Togo, Zimbabwe, Congo, New Zealand, Senegal, Ceylon Spain, Portugal, Germany, India, Pakistan, Japan, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Cuba, Lichtenstein, Latvia, Great Britain, Argentina, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Switzerland, Romania, Brazil, and many more.

These include a great selection of FDCs, MAXimum cards, and Event covers from around the world, many that are quite unusual. There is also an outstanding selection of Canada cancels this month.

The U.S. covers include a great selection of premium FDCs, and Event covers representing many states. Again we offer a fine selection of Town Cancels from Florida to California and Arizona to Delaware, and many in between with Georgia and Florida featured this month.

 Our next upload will be in a few weeks

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



April 20
Belgian Colonies
U.S. 1940's Commoratives
U.S. 1954 Liberty U.S. Maritime


April 27
U.S. A.P.O.'s
United Nations


Coming Soon
Great Britain
New Zealand
Southwest Africa
U.S. Prexies
U.S. A.P.O.'s

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