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
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Did you know that the first commercial Christmas card was produced in London in 1843? This set of 5 beautifully created replicas comes with a set of envelopes. Write your Christmas cards this year on replicas of the original card while teaching your recipient something about history. The back of each card has a brief description of the card. This set also comes with a context document detailing the history of Christmas cards, and 5 envelopes to mail the cards.
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.
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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.
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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
My Dad loves learning about American history, and he has really enjoyed getting a letter each month giving him a unique glimpse into various aspects of the country's past. The 6-month subscription is perfect, because I gift it to him for Father's Day, and then 6 months later for Christmas! I've been gifting it for about 4 years now, and he still hasn't had any repeated letters. It has been perfect!
My grandmother hates physical gifts but being able to just keep these in a binder for her to show friends and family has been great. Her bday and Christmas are 6 months apart so I am set on gifts for her
What do you get for the history-loving dad who has everything? History by Mail! Not only does my father love receiving his History by Mail, but I love the phone calls after he receives a new one. Each mailing has been the catalyst for wonderful conversations. We have renewed his subscription for three years now and do not plan to ever stop!
Love this service so much. Kids got it for Mr for Father’s Day last year and I told them to repeat for this year.
I purchased History by Mail for my Mom that loves history and reading about it.
I use some of these documents in my Government and History classes to have student analyze primary source documents and to give them a bit of perspective on a different time.
I received a subscription for Christmas a few years ago. I continued to renew it. I look forward to my letters every month.
Got this for my husband for his birthday. Very hard person to shop for. Best gift ever! Both of us look forward to receiving it every month. Just renewed for another year.
Loved my first letter and learned a lot from it
I am a history buff, so I enjoy every issue of History By Mail, but I also then send it along to a family member who may have a specific interest in the particular document, especially to adult grandchildren. The historical and anecdotal material are an interesting way to share and lets receiving parties know you're thinking of them. Thank you, History By Mail.
I got my subscription as a birthday present, and I’m very impressed so far!
It was a perfect birthday gift for a retired U.S History Teacher!
The site was easy to use and the service is awesome. My son got me a subscription for my Birthday. I really enjoy getting the glimpse back into the past through the personal notes, letters and memorabilia that comes every month. So much so, I renewed on my own. Great Job everyone
The recipient of this gift absolutely loves it! The quality is exceptional.
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!!
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
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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.