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 much does a subscription cost?

Charged Monthly: $6.99/Month

Charged Every 6 Months: $36.99/6 Months 

Charged Annually: $71.99/Year

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

After selecting a subscription plan from the home page, simply put the recipient's name in the shipping address. Our fulfillment team will then know this is a gift subscription if the shipping name does not match the billing name. 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 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 monthly. 


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

How do I cancel my subscription?

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."