Jim Forte Postal History

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North Dakota


North Dakota literature consists of:

North Dakota Post Office 1850-1982 by Alan Patera and John Gallagher is a post office listing.

North Dakota Place Names by Douglas Wick give complete post office data, name origin and a brief indication of the nature of the settlement. By far the best work.

A Checklist Of North Dakota Post Office 1850-1994 by Richard W. Helbock is a convenient checklist with scarcity ratings.

You can access my online guide of North Dakota Post Offices here.


The market for North Dakota is in the midst of a fairly serious downward spiral. There are only a few collectors, and most of these are sufficiently advanced so that they buy very little. Few new collectors have entered the hobby. This makes for solid opportunities for a potential collector. With the lone exception of a limited number of better items, North Dakota covers are a hard sell. Town Cancel collectors once came mostly from the world of traditional philately. The strong interest in completion drove town cancel to smaller states, where completion was a tantalizing possibility. Nowadays, most town cancel collectors came from outside of philately and discover the hobby from the internet. They focus on the local aspect of town cancel collecting and have driven a new demand for big states. North Dakota is now the absolute worst of the fifty states. I only mailed four lists. I expect further decline.

Among the 50 states, the District of Columbia, R.P.O.'s and Streetcars, North Dakota rates as the 42nd state in terms of percentage of covers sold at 47.11%. It ranks 49th in terms of the value of covers sold as percentage of all town cancels sold at 0.52%. The overall rank is 50th. This is a ten year running average. The most recent trends are declining sharply. 

Covers For Sale

All North Dakota Covers

North Dakota 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



Search for a specific North Dakota 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.