Rates for Stamped Cards and Postcards, 1873-2011


Postcards (privately manufactured cards) were charged letter postage rates until July 1, 1898.  Since then, the rates for postcards have been the same as for stamped cards (produced by the Postal Service) except for the period from April 15, 1925, to July 1, 1928. 

Until 1999, stamped cards were called postal cards.  On January 10, 1999, the Postal Service changed the term to stamped cards and increased their price to one penny more than the postage rate in order to pay for the paper and printing of the card. The price of a stamped card increased to two cents more than the postage rate on January 7, 2001, and to three cents more on May 12, 2008.  In addition to regular stamped cards, on October 18, 1994, the Postal Service began selling higher-cost stamped cards with collectible artwork, called premium stamped cards since 2007.

Effective Date

Postage, in Cents

May 12, 1873

1

November 2, 1917

2

July 1, 1919

1

April 15, 1925

1 for stamped cards;

2 for postcards

July 1, 1928

1

January 1, 1952

2

August 1, 1958

3

January 7, 1963

4

January 7, 1968

5

May 16, 1971

6

March 2, 1974

8

September 14, 1975

7

December 31, 1975

9

May 29, 1978

10

March 22, 1981

12

November 1, 1981

13

February 17, 1985

14

April 3, 1988

15

February 3, 1991

19

January 1, 1995

20

July 1, 2001

21

June 30, 2002

23

January 8, 2006

24

May 14, 2007

26

May 12, 2008

27

May 11, 2009

28

April 17, 2011

29

HISTORIAN
UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
APRIL 2011