Postal History


Postal history is the study of postal systems and how they operate and, or, the study of the use of postage stamps and covers and associated postal artifacts illustrating historical episodes in the development of postal systems. The term is attributed to Robson Lowe, a professional philatelist, stamp dealer and stamp auctioneer, who made the first organised study of the subject in the 1930s and described philatelists as “students of science”, but postal historians as “students of humanity”. More precisely, philatelists describe postal history as the study of rates, routes, markings, and means (of transport).



Rare 1810 letter from Spanish West Florida to Orleans Terr. From cotton merchant Wesley Trahan to Mr. Samuel Davenport, Nachidaches (Orl. Terrr.)  Handled by Post Office of New Feliciana, which was the Capital of West Florida Republic.


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History of the Republic of West Florida

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