Jim Forte Postal History

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Washington philatelic literature consists of:

Washington Post Offices by Tim Boardman and Richard W. Helbock is the most comprehensive post office listing. It has scarcity ratings

A Checklist of Washington Post Offices 1850-1989 by Richard W. Helbock is a compact post office guide with scarcity ratings.

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


Washington has for some years been one of the best states. It is a large state with many post offices and a fairly good range of available material. More collectors collect the entire state than focus on specific areas. Whatcom county is the one areas with especially strong demand. However, Seattle and its environs are avoided by most of the collectors. Territorial material is in the most demand and is quite scarce after the half dozen largest cities. There are signs that the bull market in Washington covers has slowed. Fewer people are starting collections. The existing collectors are getting more and more advanced, and the market is showing the first signs of being topped out. The demand for better items drags up the prices for everything which discourages new collectors. The existing group still will pay astronomical prices for the scarce and rare items they need, but the low end of the market is becoming unsalable. This pattern has about been repeated with the market for several western states.

Among the 50 states, the District of Columbia, R.P.O.'s and Streetcars, Washington rates as the 34th state in terms of percentage of covers sold at 50.02%. It ranks 27th in terms of the value of covers sold as percentage of all town cancels sold at 1.34%. The overall rank is 36th. This is a ten year running average. The most recent trends are declining.

Covers For Sale

All Washington Covers

Washington 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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