Jim Forte Postal History

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New York


New York is represented in philatelic literature by:

New York Postal History The Post Office and First Postmasters from 1775-1980 by John L. Kay and Chester M. Smith is the post office listing.

Postal Markings Of New York State 1792-1956 by George Bernadt attempts a catalog of the stampless period.

Manuscript Post Offices of New York States by Henry Chlanda and Chet Wilcox lists manuscript cancels.

Star Cancels of New York State by Dave Proulx.

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


The market for New York covers is completely dominated by individual county collectors. The market for some counties is quite strong. The market for other counties is non existent. In general, western New York and the counties around New York City are in the most demand. New York city is collected, but New York county is the weakest part of the city. Except those who collect doanes and Long Island, most collectors will not tolerate 20th century covers. There is plenty of opportunity for any potential New York collector, regardless of which county they choose to collect.

Among the 50 states, the District of Columbia, R.P.O.'s and Streetcars, New York rates as the 46th state in terms of percentage of covers sold at 45.75%. It ranks 2nd in terms of the value of covers sold as percentage of all town cancels sold at 7.62%. The overall rank is 23rd. This is a ten year running average. The most recent trends are increasing. I thought it might be interesting to quantify the level of interest for all the counties in New York. 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 York covers I sell are not sold to New York collectors, I decided to eliminate flags and doanes from the total of covers sold. While not perfect, this should provide more accurate results. This is what I found:

Albany 75.28%
Allegany 24.38%
Bronx 85.00%
Broome 20.03%
Cattaraugus 30.51%
Cayuga 26.15%
Chautauqua 30.33%
Chemung 36.67%
Chenango 25.77%
Clinton 62.70%
Columbia 66.67%
Cortland 44.66%
Delaware 50.29%
Dutchess 81.98%
Erie 56.01%
Essex 64.47%
Franklin 56.03%
Fulton 27.43%
Genesee 23.92%
Greene 34.92%
Hamilton 52.78%
Herkimer 30.77%
Jefferson 51.43%
Kings 96.05%
Lewis 43.90%
Livingston 39.25%
Madison 44.59%
Monroe 49.78%
Montgomery 27.43%
Nassau 38.82%
New York 43.14%
Niagara 61.45%
Oneida 43.24%
Onondaga 47.12%
Ontario 39.10%
Orange 70.32%
Orleans 10.43%
Oswego 51.43%
Otsego 81.76%
Putnam 58.70%
Queens 59.56%
Rensselear 46.41%
Richmond 81.19%
Rockland 56.10%
Saint Lawrence 61.69%
Saratoga 39.35%
Schenectady 54.00%
Schoharie 48.11%
Schuyler 44.44%
Seneca 32.93%
Steuben 42.77%
Suffolk 73.86%
Sullivan 49.71%
Tioga 8.84%
Tompkins 42.34%
Ulster 51.11%
Warren 47.30%
Washington 59.86%
Wayne 35.90%
Westchester 52.19%
Wyoming 22.19%
Yates 30.77%

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Special Delivery Covers

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