Rates for Domestic Letters Since 1863

 

 

Effective Date

Postage in Cents, per Ounce

July 1, 1863

3

October 1, 1883

2

 

Effective Date

Postage in Cents, per Ounce[1]

July 1, 1885

2

November 2, 1917

3

July 1, 1919

2

July 6, 1932

3

August 1, 1958

4

January 7, 1963

5

January 7, 1968

6

May 16, 1971

8

March 2, 1974

10

December 31, 1975

13

May 29, 1978

15

March 22, 1981

18

November 1, 1981

20

February 17, 1985

22

April 3, 1988

25

February 3, 1991

29

January 1, 1995

32

January 10, 1999

33

January 7, 2001

34

June 30, 2002

37

January 8, 2006

39

May 14, 2007

41

May 12, 2008

42

May 11, 2009

44

January 22, 2012

45

January 27, 2013

46

January 26, 2014

49

 



[1] Beginning September 14, 1975, additional ounces were charged a lower rate; the price listed in this table is for the first ounce. Since July 15, 1979, a surcharge has been added for non-standard envelope sizes.

 

 

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