Jim Forte Postal History

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Welcome to Jim Forte Postal History

Please enjoy browsing or searching through over 205,000 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

There are nearly 750 new covers on the site this week. There is a selection of Canada with markings, airmail and usages from the 1890's to the 1990's.There are Chile and Dominican Republic new covers. Both feature a nice range of markings, usages and airmail from the 20thh Century. There is a selection of British Commonwealth with covers from India, Jamaica, New Guinea, New Zealand, Singapore and Sudan. These offering feature airmail, first slights, censors, markings and more. The final new additions this week are Modern U.S. A.P.O. covers from the zip codes era. There a few interesting usages and a good showing of locations from around the world. Please click on the country name or category to see the new additions.  

U.S. Auction
October 23 US Auction
October 23 U.S. Auction
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. Please click here are njoy looking at the covers!

Last week brought nearly 1100 new covers to the site. The biggest section of new additions is Nebraska. Please click here to see all the Nebraska in alphabetical order by town. You may find it easier to browse by county, marking type or some other manner. Please click here to see many other ways to browse. There is a selection of Algeria with a nice range of markings, view cards, airmail and more. These is a good group of France with emphasis on WWI and WWII era censors and markings. There is Tunisia on offer with markings, usages and view cards. In U.S. there is a group of Prominent Americans. These are mainly covers sent to foreign destinations. Please click on the country name or category to see the new additions.   

British Commonwealth
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 British Commonwealth, Czechoslovakia and some worldwide. Please click here to visit the site.

Stamps Plus Bid Board
The September Bid Board is now available for bidding. Please click here to see the stamps available and bid online.


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


September 19
Dominican Republic
New Guinea
New Zealand
Modern U.S. A.P.O.'s


September 26
U.S. Post 1950 Commemoratives
Vietnam War


Coming Soon
Great Britain

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
U.S. Military
New Hampshire

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