Jim Forte Postal History

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Montana is well covered in the world of philatelic publishing.

Montana Post Offices and Postmasters by Dennis J. Lutz is the most definitive post office listing.

A Checklist Montana Post Offices 1864-1988 by Richard W. Helbock is a compact listing with a value guide.

The Postal History of Montana through June 30, 1870 by Daniel Y. Meschter is a monograph covering the earliest period of the state.

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


Montana has evolved over the past few years to be one of the best western states. Five years ago, interest was limited, but since then more and more collectors have been attracted to the state. The collecting pattern is almost invariably statewide. Despite a very accessible territorial period, interest is well divided between 19th and 20th century covers. Material is fairly scarce, but not so scarce as to frustrate a collector.

Among the 50 states, the District of Columbia, R.P.O.'s and Streetcars, Montana rates as the 1st state in terms of percentage of covers sold at 91.03%. It ranks 22nd in terms of the value of covers sold as percentage of all town cancels sold at 1.50%. The overall rank is 5th. This is a ten year running average. The most recent trends are about the same.

Covers For Sale

All Montana Covers

Montana By County

19th Century







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.