Rates for Stamped Cards and Postcards

 

 

 

Effective Date

 

Postage, in Cents

May 12, 1873

1 (see note below)

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

January 22, 2012

32

January 27, 2013

33

January 26, 2014

34

May 31, 2015

35

April 10, 2016

34

January 21, 2018

35

 

Note: Postcards (privately printed cards) did not qualify for a special postage rate 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.

On January 10, 1999, the Postal Service increased the price of stamped cards (formerly called "postal cards") to one penny more than the postage rate in order to pay for the paper and printing of the card. The additional charge increased to two cents on January 7, 2001, to three cents on May 12, 2008, and to four cents on January 27, 2013. In 1994, in addition to regular stamped cards, the Postal Service began selling higher-cost premium stamped cards, with collectible artwork.


HISTORIAN
UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
MARCH 2018