Books and Philatelic Literature by Frajola

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Mails of the Westward Expansion, 1803 to 1861
by Walske and Frajola

2016 Update: At the New York 2016 International Stamp Show Steve Walske and I were honored to be awarded the Crawford Medal by the Royal Philatelic Society of London for the most valuable and original contribution to the study and knowledge of philately published in book form during the year.

May 2015 update: this book is now available free. Link above will take you to an index page of links to individual chapters and appendices as PDF files.

The complete book in a single PDF file is here.

Expanded sailing trip data will be added that did not appear in the print version of the book. June 2015 update - westbound via Panama data (1852-1859) added now. See page here for link to free download.

The Pony Express, A Postal History by Frajola, Kramer and Walske

published 2005 by the Philatelic Foundation

September 2012 update: All rights to this book have been purchased by Richard Frajola and this book is now available here as a free 48 meg PDF file.


The census section of the book has been updated with new images where possible, reclassifications and additions. See web version of updated census table of links here

The Postal History of Costa Rica to 1883 by Frajola and Mayer

published 2008 by The Collectors Club


The U. S. Post Offices in China and Japan, 1867 to 1874 by Frajola, Perlman, Scamp

published 2006 by The Collectors Club


The United States Five Cent Stamp of 1856 by Frajola and Mayer

published 2005 by The Collectors Club


Catalogs by Frajola

The Postage Stamps of Siam to 1940, A Descriptive Catalog
by Frajola (out of print)


published 1980 by Postilion Publications

Frajola Public Auction Catalogs

(58 auction catalogs and 4 net price sales), sales include material from the collections of Ambassador J. William Middendorf III, Marc Haas, Amos Eno, Stephen Albert, Oscar Salzer, Thomas Alexander, et al. Notable finds include the Crittenden find of Pony Express covers and the Chase correspondence of Waterbury, Connecticut fancy cancels.

Annotated summary listing of the 58 Richard Frajola, Inc. auction catalogs and four net price catalogs (some with searchable PDF files), 1981/1995, page of links is here. For additional catalogs see page here.

Books by David New


Private Bateman Goes To War by David New

One mans observations about his service in the “Army of the West” serving under Colonel Sterling Price. E. B. Bateman enlisted in April 1848 at St. Louis for the term of one year or the duration of the war. 

The story is a short one of one volunteer from Illinois joining the army in 1847. His story is told it in just 22 letters which include Dr. Bateman’s on going journey to the  California Gold Fields in the spring of 1849.

It is a pleasure to offer David New's first published venture on my website. His email here.

Size 8-1/2x11 in stiff wraps with maps and pictures.

 $20.00 postpaid

From  David F. New
P. O. Box 788
Anacortes, Washington 98221


Tales of the Trail, Mexican War, 1846 - 1849

by David New

The personal correspondence of soldiers and men who made the long journey to Santa Fe in 1846 to 1849.

It is a pleasure to offer David New's wonderful new book on my website. His email here.

Perfect bound in stiff wraps with maps and pictures.

Check with author for pricing and availability (only 50 printed).

From  David F. New
P. O. Box 788
Anacortes, Washington 98221

Richard Frajola (Sep 2018)