Jim Forte Postal History

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There are a number of works that concern Kentucky:

A Checklist Of Kentucky Post Offices by Alan Patera and John Gallagher is the basic post office list.

Kentucky Place Names by Robert M. Rennick

Kentucky A Postal History and Reference Guide 1790-1855 By John G. McCarter

Postmarked Kentucky by Alan Atkins

Postal History Of Louisville, Kentucky by Louis Cohen

You can access my online guide of Kentucky Post Offices here. 


Kentucky is a difficult state to collect. There is a small but steady demand for. There are a tremendous number of post office. Material is tough to find. Most covers are philatelic examples. It wouldn't surprise me if more than half of the 19th century post offices remain undiscovered. With all these limitations, the Kentucky market has suffered. There a few strange manifestations. In most states, manuscript cancels are in as much demand as handstamped cancels. Because manuscripts dominate Kentucky covers, handstamps are at a substantial premium, especially in the stampless period. With all the challenges, Kentucky can be a very good state to collect.

Among the 50 states, the District of Columbia, R.P.O.'s and Streetcars, Kentucky rates as the 50th state in terms of percentage of cover sold at 40.78%. It ranks 32nd in terms of the value of covers sold as percentage of all town cancels sold at 1.01%. The overall rank is 47th. This is a ten year running average. The most recent trends are about the same.

Covers For Sale

All Kentucky Covers

Kentucky By County

19th Century






Military Cancels

World War One

Picture Postcards

Machine Cancels

Auxiliary Markings

Fancy Cancels

Non Standard Postmarks

Registered Covers

Special Delivery Covers

Foreign Destinations



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If you'd like printable version of these covers, please e-mail me.