Jim Forte Postal History

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New Jersey


New Jersey is represented in philatelic literature by:

New Jersey Postal History by John L. Kay and Chester M. Smith is the post office listing.

New Jersey 1847 Issue Covers by Brad Arch provides a listing of U.S. #1's and #2's used from New Jersey.

The Postal Markings of New Jersey Stampless Covers by William Coles is a catalog of the stampless era.

Catalog of New Jersey Railway Postal Markings With Route Records by Fred MacDonald and John Kay covers the story of railway markings in New Jersey.

The Postal History of Cape May County by Mary E. (Kane) Law can be downladed here.

You can access my online guide of New Jersey Post Offices here. 


For such a small state, New Jersey present surprisingly complex market factors. Most states the size of New Jersey have collectors chasing the entire state. However, New Jersey is collected by county. The most popular counties are Cape May and Sussex. In general, the northern counties and southern counties do best. Less interest is shown in the central part of the state. As with almost every eastern and mid western states, collectors prefer 19th century covers. I thought it might be interesting to quantify the level of interest for all the counties in New Jersey. I figured the percentage of covers I have sold as compared to the total of the covers sold and the covers available. Since some of the New Jersey covers I sell are not sold to New Jersey collectors, I decided to eliminate flags and doanes from the total of covers sold. While not perfect, this should provide more accurate results. Among the 50 states, the District of Columbia, R.P.O.'s and Streetcars, New Jersey rates as the 51st state in terms of percentage of covers sold at 40.77%. It ranks 24th in terms of the value of covers sold as percentage of all town cancels sold at 1.43. The overall rank is 43rd. This is a ten year running average. The most recent trends are about the same. These are the rankings by county:

Camden      66.32%
Sussex     64.86%
Cape May      61.04%
Hudson      50.00%
Morris      46.50%
Warren      46.02%
Hunterdon      45.05%
Burlington      44.29%
Gloucester      40.91%
Monmouth      39.56%
Cumberland      36.73%
Somerset      35.71%
Atlantic      34.88%
Bergen      34.53%
Ocean     32.76%
Union      32.62%
Mercer     32.35%
Passaic     31.31%
Middlesex     30.84%
Salem     27.91%
Essex     27.13%

Covers For Sale

All New Jersey Covers

New Jersey 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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