Curated with care from the best archives in the world
Each document accompanied by context pages telling relevant details surrounding the historic event
High-quality graphically designed replicas with high-quality envelopes and paper
Themes (every 4 letters) delve deep into topics such as: Historic inventions, American Wars, and Foreign Diplomacy
Perfect as a keepsake, learning materials, or collectible items
How did Albert Einstein communicate with President Roosevelt about the atomic bomb? How did the Queen of Hawaii protest America's annexation of the Islands?
Instead of learning about history from a book, we invite you to learn directly from history through replicas of the historic letters themselves. Read for yourself, in the original words and handwriting, what the people who shaped our history had to say about the events and topics of their times.
Our team of history buffs curates fascinating historic documents and letters from the best archives in the world and delivers our most interesting gems directly to your doorstep. Each document comes alive with an additional historical context document. Every four months, we will explore a different theme from various angles using the letters and documents as our guides.
Visit www.HistoricCartoons for a novel and entertaining way to learn history! Over 200 years of historic cartoons touch upon major moments in American history from the colonial period through the civil rights era.
Historic Cartoons Box (Set of 50 Cards)
When was the first use of Uncle Sam in a cartoon? Which president had a stuffed animal created in his name after a cartoon of him was published? Find out by learning from our collection of cards covering over 200 years of American history.
World War II Cartoons & Posters (25 Card Set)
This set contains 25 cards containing faithfully recreated WWII cartoons and posters with detailed explanations. Our team of historians have carefully selected cartoons and posters covering a wide range of topics related to wartime life, from conservation efforts at home to advice for military personnel abroad.
I love this! I learned a lot and highly recommend this product to anyone interested in history. -Jaysen (Illinois)
I wish that I had learned history from History By Mail when I was school, so that I could get the facts straight from the source and get a peak behind the history curtain to see famous people come alive through their letters and writings. -Sheryl (Michigan)
History by Mail is a unique way for your kids to learn about history. There is just something special about holding a piece of history in your hands and seeing the documentations yourself that makes history come alive. -The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine
I recently purchased history by mail for my dad as a gift and it’s been so fun to receive! We both love it and the staff has been extremely helpful and answered so quick! So excited to see what’s in the next letter!!
Love them! Do more WW2!
We got this for my father in law for Christmas. Three days after he had received his first letter and sent us a thank you text (he never texts!)! He was excited about how much information was included and told us how interesting the document and supporting information is. He is a history buff, and loves the history channel, so we are happy he is enjoying the gift and learning something new. It is the perfect gift for someone who is difficult to buy for and he gets a new letter every month!
Great, interesting product. They give you insight to historical events that you will never find in history books. Every issue also includes a copy of the hand-writtten supporting documents and a typewritten version. Great, great product! There Customer Service process is highly responsive. The only downside is that when I ordered a second 6 month subscription my first letter was a duplicate. I made one phone call and days later the problem was resolved and I had a replacement. Bottom Line - The History Mailings and their outstanding customer service far out weighs any minimal problems..
My husband is really into history, so this was perfect for him. He was very surprised and intrigued, and thought it was a great gift for the guy who has everything!
Purchase was easy, my uncle loved his first delivery which was a letter from Annie Oakley to the president. Great experience.
I purchased the cards for my wife who absolutely loves to send greeting cards. She is going to frame one and send rest out next holiday season. Thanks for the original gift idea.
I learned about History By Mail while listening to a podcast. I instantly looked the subscription service up and liked the prospect of getting a high quality copy of a historical document each month. My subscription worked out to be less than $6 per month and I would much rather spend money on something that I will learn from such as this than other wasteful past times. I have only received my first month's subscription so far but I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed it! It has given me the chance to learn about a topic I would otherwise probably never think twice about or even know about. I enjoy holding a copy of a historical document as it gives me the chance to feel like I'm going back in time. It beats reading something off of a computer screen! I appreciate the History By Mail team and the information that they enclose with the historical document as it gives an unopinionated account of what you're looking at. Just the facts!
"I absolutely LOVED it. I read it twice. A little history I knew a bit about it but learned even more. Thank you for such an amazing gift.
NOTE: I sent this to my brother for his 60th b-day. I told him to watch out for a special letter coming in the mail. I asked him numerous times if he received a letter and each time said "not yet"
But ends up he had received the letter as well as the second one customer service resent. My spacy brother just thought he was receiving letters from a very thoughtful person and forgot to tell him about it. He never connected the dots. I owe customer service a big apology for a bad review I wrote. Please delete my bad review. CUSTOMER SERVICE IS EXCELLENT!!! and so is the product.
My high school freshman son is obsessed with US history. He watches so many documentaries and reads so many books. But these letters provide something not found in a book - context and perspective from someone in that era. Great find!
Very interesting material.
Acquired as a gift for my Middle Son now applying to graduate school history programs, I share his interest in, and appreciation of, this outstanding selection of primary source documents, each very nicely contextualized. “Two thumbs up”/“Five Star” rating. Would highly recommend without hesitation or reservation. Plus, the support staff outstanding.
My daughter bought me a subscription for Christmas a few years ago and I have renewed it several times. I really enjoy the monthly letters.
I got this for my kids but found myself pouring through them too. Worth every penny.
I ordered this for my father(history buff) for his birthday, by Christmas that was his one request-more! I contacted customer service and they assured me there was more. Great gift, outstanding customer service.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is History By Mail?
History By Mail is a monthly subscription service for reproductions of historical letters and documents. Each letter comes with a separate document explaining the context of the letter including its author, recipient, and relevance to the events of its time, as well as a transcription when necessary.
History By Mail makes an excellent gift for history buffs of all shapes and sizes.
How often will I receive my subscription?
Letters come once every month and are charged either monthly, every 6 months, or annually (depending on your subscription plan).
How do I purchase a History By Mail subscription as a gift?
After selecting a subscription plan from the www.historybymail.com home page, simply fill in the gift recipient's information under the shipping address section and put the gift giver's information in the billing section. Our fulfillment team will then know this is a gift subscription if the shipping information does not match the billing information.
The subscription recipient will receive a welcome letter with his or her first replica, explaining the History By Mail subscription and mentioning he or she has received a gift from the name on the billing address.
How are letters selected?
Our team of curators search historic archives worldwide for interesting letters that touch on relevant historic themes, or that are written by or to historic figures. Our team verifies the authenticity of the documents and then produces a replica of the original document to deliver to you.
Can I update my mailing address?
Of course! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help you out.
How can I reach you?
You can send us an email at email@example.com
History By Mail's Mission
Our Mission is to provide opportunities to learn directly from history by holding a piece of history (replicas of actual documents), rather than learning about history from textbooks and other secondary sources.
Recipes from Historic Figures Subscription
Some of the most well-known figures in history had favorite dishes that they cherished enough to put in writing. This fascinating subscription series delivers detailed replicas of real handwritten recipes from renowned names like George Washington, Emily Dickinson, and Rosa Parks. An exciting gift for foodies and history buffs alike, each monthly delivery is a keepsake-worthy peek into our delicious past.