Jim Forte Postal History

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Michigan is richly represented in the philatelic literature:

Michigan Post Offices 1805-1986 by David M. Ellis contains a complete post office listing with locations.

Michigan Place Names by Walter Romig concerns name origins, but also includes post office data for most offices.

Upper Michigan Postal History and Postmarks by William J. Taylor is a full exploration of this most popular area.

Michigan Postal Markings by Cole is out dated being from 1955, but still useful.

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


As far as postal history is concerned, Michigan is two states. Michigan's' upper peninsula is collected by more people than most other entire states. Material from there is fairly scare and competition is fierce. The rest of the state has a far more limited demand. There is more focus on 19th century.  Michigan was the first state outside of the west to be seriously collected, starting on the mid 1950's. When I started in the town cancel business in the mid 1980's, it was a second generation of Michigan collectors who propelled the demand. That generation is now largely dying off. The latest generation has far more narrow and limited interests. I suppose it is no small miracle that Michigan was a strong state for nearly four decades. With a focus on 20th century, Michigan still offers a worthwhile collecting challenge. Focus on Detroit and the field will be yours alone.

Among the 50 states, the District of Columbia, R.P.O.'s and Streetcars, Michigan rates as the 9th state in terms of percentage of cover sold at 66.76%. It ranks 10th in terms of the value of covers sold as percentage of all town cancels sold at 2.24%. The overall rank is 3rd. This is a ten year running average. The most recent trends are about the same.

Covers For Sale

All Michigan Covers

Michigan By County

19th Century






Military Cancels

World War One

Picture Postcards


Auxiliary Markings

Fancy Cancels

Non Standard Postmarks

Registered Covers

Special Delivery Covers

Foreign Destinations



Search for a specific Michigan town. Type in the name below and press enter or click on search. 


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