Jim Forte Postal History

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P.O. Box 94822 Las Vegas, NV 89193


Welcome to Jim Forte Postal History

Please enjoy browsing or searching through nearly 100,000 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 another 100 new covers on the site this week. These are U.S. WWI A.E.F. covers, with a wide range of markings and usages. Please note navy uses and auxiliary markings. Click here to see the covers.

A Personal Note - In February I had a large sale in advance of changes to my business. Some of these changes are now in effect, some did not come to pass. I have closed my office and significantly reduced my postal history stock. I had planned to move to the Houston area. This required me to sell my house. I sold it twice, but neither sale closed. With the current economic shutdown hitting Las Vegas as hard as any place in the country, the real estate market is now frozen. We cut our price by over 20%, but no sale could be made. We lost a beautiful new house near Lake Conroe. As I do not think Las Vegas real estate will come back for at least two years, we will be remaining in Las Vegas for some time..

Europe and Colonies Auction
Europe and Colonies Auction
Europe and Colonies Auction
The next
auction will be Europe and Colonies. There is a nice range of covers from Classics to rare colonial uses to Zeppelins. The sale will be posted in the next couple of months and will close a month after that.

Last week brought U.S. R.P.O.'s. There are over 2100 new covers from almost every corner of the U.S., covers traveling by train and by boat. You will find a nice selection of local corner cards and advertising and some very nice view cards from wherever the railroads traveled. These will definitely add to your collections of a particular town, country or state. Please click here to see all the new R.P.O. covers. For the streetcars, please cick here. To see the R.P.O. covers by state or usages or any other that works, please click here.

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 Ireland, Korea, British Commonwealth, 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


May 25


June 1
U.S. F.P.O.'s


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


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