Jim Forte Postal History

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Please enjoy browsing or searching through over 265,000 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

This week brings over 500 new covers to the site. The biggest new additions are from Canada. There is another selection of postmarks from Ontario. There are postmarks from Prince Edward Island. There is also postal history from many other aspects of collecting Canada. Please look for a selection of New Guinea highlighted by Aerograms. There are some U.S. Possessions with offering from Canal Zone and Philippines. In U.S. there are Transport Airmails and Postal Cards. Most of these are uses to overseas destinations. Please click on the country name or category to see the new additions.

The next auction will be Canada. It will be posted in the next two months and close in early 2020. It will feature many scarce postmarks from throughout the country.

There were another 750 new covers on the site last week. There is a large selection of Germany with a wide range of areas of interest. Look for early view cards, WWI Belgian Occupation, Third Reich and West Germany. There is a selection of U.S. A.P.O. covers from WWII to the early 1960s. Not only are there uses from locations all over the world but there are a number of nice usages including registered, uses to other A.P.O.'s, auxiliary markings and some unusual censors. New covers from Washington. D.C. have been added. You may click here to see all the new Washington. D.C.. You might find easier to browse by franking, era or many other ways. Please click here to browse Washington. D.C.on a way that suits your interest. Please click on the country name or category to see the new additions.

Falkland Islands
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 have a nice range of Falkland Islands, Yugoslavia, United States, U.S. First Day covers and worldwide stamps 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 1960 for larger countries and to about 1970 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


January 20
Canada Ontario
Canada Prince Edward Island
Papua New Guinea
U.S. Trasnport Airmails
U.S. Postal Cards
Canal Zone


January 27
St. Lucia
Canada Quebec
U.S. Modern Wars
U.S. Prexies




Coming Soon
U.S . Modern A
U.S. R.P.O.'s


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