Postal History

Stamps That Traveled The World

Postal History is one of the most intriguing aspects of Philatelic-Rarities. These ‘Covers’  as they are called have infinite possibilities of both the stamp and postmark, their usages are limitless. From Missionaries in Hawaii writing home to Boston, and correspondences to Vera Cruz, Mexico franked with beautiful multiples of France’s 1st issue Ceres including a Tete-beche. These correspondences are in fact new discoveries just like the British Guiana One Cent and Sweden’s Tre-skilling 3k Yellow, they were both still on their original envelope when first discovered, until the schoolboys that discovered them soaked them off to put in their stamp albums. All of Today’s Collectors are interested in and collect Postal History as well as the Stamps and display them together in their collections.

A half century ago Postal History “Covers” were still a relatively new field, and it was an opportunity to pick through a dealer’s stock and find a true rarity as almost all the rarities previously known were in fact used on an envelope or a newspaper. Postal History can open a door that leads to many doors, and many discoveries as it overlaps historical documents in many ways, and it tells more of a story of important dates and historical moments in history. The stamp and its postmarked envelope, who it is addressed to and who it is from, other markings that add to the story of its usage and how it traveled. Historical moments play a key and important role in collecting Postal History.

An ideal Postal History discovery that traveled from France via steamer from Southampton, England to Veracruz, Mexico in 1851 with wonderful muliples of the 1fr, the first issue of France.  A truly remarkle usage and a great rarity.