Postal history home

History isn't written by historians; they merely try to make sense of it. History is written by people, famous and not so famous.


I collect a subspecialty of postal history—the messages written by everyday people on the backs of postal cards, which are government-issued cards with a preprinted stamp on the card. (Because Canadians have slightly different terminology; they call them 'postal stationery cards' to differentiate them from picture post cards.)


I focus on Alaskan postal history and the history of a turn-of-the-20th century postal card that featured a portrait of John Adams.


North American stamp collectors classify postal cards using the "UX" prefix found in the dominant American (Scott's) and Canadian (Unitrade) catalogs.

19th-century postal cards
mailed from 

(links to Internet Archive)

John Adams postal card (UX15) mailed abroad (to come)