Jim Forte Postal History

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Welcome to Jim Forte Postal History

Please enjoy browsing or searching through over 150,000 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

Military Postal History Sale
Military Postal History Sale
           Ends Sunday!
The current auction is Military Postal History. The sale consists of military covers from many parts of the world. There are a few nice British Commonwealth Censors, a good range of illustrated V-Mail, a number of scarce U.S. A.P.O.'s, undercover addresses, German concentration and labor camps and much more. The sale is well worth looking through. It will close on Sunday September 28 at 6:00 PM Pacific Time. Please click here and look over the covers

This week brings another 700 new covers. There is an excellent selection of new U.S. with additions in Washington Franklins, 1930's Commemoratives, Overrun Nations and Clipper Airmails. These feature a wide range of rates and usages, mostly to overseas destinations. There are also a few U.S. Advertising covers with a range of subjects and origins. There is group of Denmark with a nice range of post war airmail covers to Switzerland. The final additions this week is Great Britain. There is a good range of marking and usages highlighted by prewar international airmail. Please click on the country name or category to see the new additions.

Over 700 covers are new to the site last week. There are U.S. covers from Airmail Issues. These encompass the airmail stamps issued after 1945. Most off these are foreign destinations with a number of interesting markings. There are also U.S. Postal Cards. These range 19th Century to modern with many foreign destinations and legitimately used modern souvenir type cards. In world covers, there is a range of Brazil with marking and airmail. There is a good range of Hungary with a wide variety of usages. The final new additions are Netherlands Indies which off airmail, view cards and censors. 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 new batch of covers will be posted to the website on Monday September 15, 2014.

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

There are many unusual Event and First Day Covers among these, it truly is an exceptional selection.

The U.S. covers include Town Cancels, First Flights, First Day Covers and Events of every kind from nearly all 50 United States.

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

World A to Z
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

September 22

Great Britain
U.S. Washington Franklins
U.S. 1930's Commemoratives
U.S. Overrun Nations
U.S. Clipper Airmails
U.S. Advertising


September 29
U.S. Maritime


Coming Soon
Great Britain
U.S. Prexies
U.S. Prominent Americans
U.S. Americana Issue
U.S. Parcel Post
Canal Zone
U.S. Fleet Post Ofices
U.S. Ships

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


Coming Soon

South Africa
U.S. Washington Franklins
U.S. 1930's Commemoratives
U.S. Overrun Nations
U.S. Americana Issue
U.S. Clipper Airmails
U.S Airmail Issues
U.S. A.P.O.'s


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