Jim Forte Postal History

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South Dakota


South Dakota philatelic literature is represented by:

South Dakota Post Offices  by Alan Patera, John Gallagher and Ken Stach is an extensive post office listing, but with a great deal of information beyond dates. One of the best such books ever published.

A Checklist South Dakota Post Offices  by Alan Patera and John Gallagher is a compact post office listing which preceded the work noted above.

A Checklist South Dakota Post Offices  1850-1994 by Richard Helbock is a compact post office listing with scarcity ratings.

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


For many years the interest in South Dakota was less than the interest in North Dakota. This has changed, but the significance may be no greater than discussing how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. There are only a few South Dakota collectors. They seem to collect statewide. There is obviously some concentration on the territorial period. Many new state postal history collectors are coming from non traditional sources, often being introduced to the hobby from the internet. This trend has favored the larger sates. Sparsely populated South Dakota is hurt.

Among the 50 states, the District of Columbia, R.P.O.'s and Streetcars, South Dakota rates as the 53rd state in terms of percentage of covers sold at 24.26%. It ranks 38th in terms of the value of covers sold as percentage of all town cancels sold at 0.75%. The overall rank is 51st. This is a ten year running average. The most recent trends are decreasing sharply.

Covers For Sale

All South Dakota Covers

South Dakota 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



Search for a specific South 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.