Frequently Asked Questions

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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 much does a subscription cost?

Charged Monthly: $6.99/Month

Charged Every 6 Months: $39.99/6 Months 

Charged Annually: $71.99/Year

Can I delay mailing until a future date?

Yes! If you need to delay shipping until after a certain date (ex: birthday or holiday), email us at within 5 minutes of placing your order and we can put your subscription on hold until a requested date. 

How do I purchase a History By Mail subscription as a gift?   

After selecting a subscription plan from the 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. Click here to view and download a sample welcome letter that is included in the first envelope of each new subscription. Feel free to give this welcome letter to your gift recipient.    

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?
We aim to send out the first letter within 5 business days after a customer signs up. Each subsequent letter is mailed on the 15th of the calendar month. All letters are mailed via the United States Posts Office First Class Mail. Letters in the United States takes up to five business days to arrive. Letters outside the United States can take up to 21 days to arrive. For example, if you sign up on November 2nd, your first letter would be mailed the following week, and your second letter would be mailed December 15th.   

Does the History By Mail e-book contain any of the same documents and stories as the paid subscriptions? 

All of the documents and stories mailed out in the subscription are unique and are not found in the e-book. We want to make sure that when people pay for a subscription, they are getting unique and exclusive content. The e-book History By Mail Presents - 20 Fascinating Documents From American History can be downloaded here.

How do I cancel my subscription and manage my account?

For customers who purchase before July 1st, 2021, manage your account by logging in here. For purchases after July 1st, 2021, click the "login" link at the top and bottom of any page. 

You can cancel your subscription at any time by logging into your customer portal found via the "login" link at the bottom of any page of Log in using the email used during sign-up, click "subscriptions," and then "cancel." Cancelling will not affect your current subscription, and you will still receive the letters you purchased. Cancelling will only affect future auto renewal. 

You can also contact us here to request a subscription cancellation. 

How do I change my address?

Simply email us here to request the change. That is the only way to ensure our fulfillment team knows about the address change. 

Where can I see more products?

Visit 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. You can learn more here

Do you mail internationally?

Yes! We mail to any country in the world using United States Postal Service First Class International stamps. Shipping times vary by country since the mail relies on the coordination between the postal services of two countries.