Jim Forte Postal History

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West Virginia


West Virginia philatelic literature is just about non existent. You can try:

WV: The Post Offices of West Virginia 1792-1977 by Richard Small is a first attempt at listing Post office dates. However, more accurate unpublished information exists.

West Virginia Place Names by Janssen and Fernbach is a name origin book with little post office data.

You can access my online guide of West Virginia Post Offices here.


There is no infrastructure for West Virginia postal history. There is no book and no society. For most states this means little interest. For a while however, West Virginia was in some demand. There were several collectors diligently scouring for cancels from the entire states. Over time the number of such collectors has declined. There are now only a few collectors and they are more and more advanced. Covers that were easily sold five years ago now go begging. Without at least a book then the situation is unlikely to improve in the immediate future.

Among the 50 states, the District of Columbia, R.P.O.'s and Streetcars, West Virginia rates as the 49th state in terms of percentage of covers sold at 41.46%. It ranks 35th in terms of the value of covers sold as percentage of all town cancels sold at 0.93%. The overall rank is 48th. This is a ten year running average. The most recent trends are about the same.

Covers For Sale

All West Virginia Covers

West Virginia 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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