What is History By Mail?
History By Mail is a subscription service for biweekly 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 two weeks for either 6 or 12 months (depending on your subscription plan).
How much does a subscription cost?
6 Month Plan (12 Letters): $74.99
12 Month Plan (24 Letters): $144.99
How are letters chosen?
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.
What topics do the letters cover?
Our primary focus is on United States history, but we have included some documents from outside the US which are relevant to our themes.
Recent themes have included:
Transfer of Power: Explores the history of the transfer of power of presidents and other political leaders.
Inventions: See Einstein's improvements for wartime torpedoes, and the attorney general consider patent applications from slaves.
Foreign Diplomatic Relations: How have foreign leaders, such as the King of Thailand, related to US presidents over time?
When Does the First Letter Arrive?
The first letter may take 7-10 business days from the subscription date to arrive. Each subsequent letter will arrive in the mail biweekly.