Jim Forte Postal History

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Please enjoy browsing or searching through over 145,000 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

Briitsh Commonwealth Auction
British Commonwealth Auction
The current auction features British Commonwealth Postal History. Great Britain is represented by classic early trans-Atlantic and early Airmail. Canada had a number of better postmarks and transpacific airmail. British Africa, British American have a range of markings and usages. The British Pacific has very nice airmail from Australia and New Zealand. There should a cover or two for most collectors. The sale closes on Sunday May 4 at 6:00 PM Pacific Time. Click here to look over the sale.

There are over 700 new covers added this week. There is a group of U.S. A.P.O. covers, mostly WWII from all parts of the world. Germany is again represented by a wide range of covers with nice WWI era, interesting Third Reich and WWII and a range of many other specialties. There is a group of Lebanon with nice Postal Tax stamp uses, WWII era airmail and a nice range stamp uses. The final section of new additional is U.S. First Flights. These are 1926 to 1928 early CAM's, many with nice frankings. Please click on the country name or category to see the new additions. 

Last week there were another 700 new covers on the site this week. There is a large selection of Belgium starting with some Napoleonic era Stampless and continuing to modern usages. Yugoslavia is represented by a good range of markings and usages with the strength in the post WWII era. Australia has a good range of airmail and usages. There is Hong Kong with strength in post war marking and usages. There is a wide range of Ireland highlighted by stamp usages. In U.S. look for Prominent Americans with many overseas airmail uses. 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.

A few thousand covers are new Monday April 14.

Some of the countries represented include Zimbabwe, Congo, Ivory Coast, Benin, South Africa, New Zealand, Senegal, Ceylon, Monaco, Morocco, Dominica, Romania, Brazil, Uruguay, France, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Hungary, Luxembourg, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Vatican City, Cyprus, Lebanon, Turkey, Romania, Russia, Estonia, Nepal, Haiti, Germany, Great Britain, Argentina, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Pakistan, Switzerland, Spain, Vatican City, and two dozen more.

There are many First Day Covers representing wildlife, such as birds, fish, butterflies and even mushrooms, as well as some very interesting aviation and space related themes. Events run the gamut from stamp shows to aviation milestones, including several international First Flights

The U.S. covers represent many states and events with a great selection of Town Cancels, First Flights and some unusual FDCs. Some of the states represented are Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, Arizona, Wyoming, Nevada, Colorado, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Vermont and a dozen others.

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. This week there are a number of additions in Czechoslovakia. 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 21
Germany Lebanon
U.S. First Flights
U.S. A.P.O.'s


April 28
U.S. Postal Stationery usages

Coming Soon
Netherlands Antilles

South Africa
U.S. Banknotes
U.S. Washington Franklins
U.S. Americana Issue
U.S. Transport Airmails
U.S. Postal Stationery usages
U.S. First Flights
U.S. A.P.O.'s
U.S. R.P.O.'s

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