The Cost of Postage

I received these lovely stamps from Emilie at Pie Post. They are interesting to me because they are from the decade I was born in. Correct me if I am mistaken but the center stamps look Greek to me. They are my only stamps from Greece and therefore of special interest. The others are American and sparked my curiosity about the cost of stamps in the sixties. I wondered if these stamps were first class, post card, or otherwise. I can remember when a first class stamp went from 18 cents to 20. Gasp!


A little research led me to Johnston's Archive where I found this chart. You can see that in the 1860's a letter cost relatively as much to send as it does now. The most expensive time to send a letter was at the turn of the twentieth century. With this newfound perspective I will cease regretting postal price hikes and be glad that I can send a letter anywhere in the country for a mere 49 cents. That is an excellent bargain considering how much it would cost me to deliver it myself. Thank you, USPS for a job well done.


yearfirst class
postage rate,
cents (current)
first class
postage rate,
cents (2015 $)
CPI
1866345.715.4
1867349.314.3
1868351.013.8
1869353.413.2
1870355.512.7
1871359.711.8
1872359.711.8
1873360.711.6
1874364.011.0
1875366.510.6
1876367.710.4
1877369.110.2
1878372.69.7
1879372.69.7
1880371.29.9
1881371.29.9
1882371.29.9
1883248.49.7
1884249.49.5
1885250.59.3
1886251.69.1
1887251.09.2
1888251.09.2
1889252.88.9
1890253.48.8
1891253.48.8
1892253.48.8
1893254.08.7
1894256.68.3
1895258.08.1
1896258.08.1
1897258.78.0
1898258.78.0
1899258.78.0
1900258.08.1
1901257.38.2
1902256.68.3
1903255.28.5
1904254.68.6
1905255.28.5
1906254.08.7
1907251.69.1
1908252.88.9
1909253.48.8
1910251.09.2
1911251.09.2
1912250.09.4
1913247.49.9
1914247.010.0
1915246.510.1
1916243.110.9
1917236.712.8
1918346.615.1
1919227.117.3
1920223.520.0
1921226.217.9
1922228.016.8
1923227.517.1
1924227.517.1
1925226.817.5
1926226.517.7
1927227.017.4
1928227.517.1
1929227.517.1
1930228.116.7
1931230.915.2
1932234.313.7
1933354.213.0
1934352.613.4
1935351.413.7
1936350.713.9
1937348.914.4
1938350.014.1
1939350.713.9
1940350.314.0
1941347.914.7
1942343.216.3
1943340.717.3
1944340.017.6
1945339.118.0
1946336.119.5
1947331.622.3
1948329.224.1
1949329.623.8
1950329.224.1
1951327.126.0
1952326.626.5
1953326.426.7
1954326.226.9
1955326.326.8
1956325.927.2
1957325.128.1
1958324.428.9
1959432.329.1
1960431.729.6
1961431.429.9
1962431.130.2
1963538.430.6
1964537.931.0
1965537.331.5
1966536.232.4
1967535.133.4
1968640.534.8
1969638.436.7
1970636.338.8
1971846.440.5
1972844.941.8
1973842.344.4
19741047.649.3
19751043.653.8
19761353.656.9
19771350.460.6
19781554.065.2
19791548.572.6
19801542.782.4
19811846.590.9
19822048.796.5
19832047.199.6
19842045.2103.9
19852248.0107.6
19862247.1109.6
19872245.5113.6
19882549.6118.3
19892547.3124.0
19902544.9130.7
19912950.0136.2
19922948.5140.3
19932947.1144.5
19942945.9148.2
19953249.3152.4
19963247.9156.9
19973246.8160.5
19983246.1163.0
19993346.5166.6
20003345.0172.2
20013445.1177.1
20023748.3179.9
20033747.2184.0
20043746.0188.9
20053744.5195.3
20063945.4201.6
20074146.4207.3
20084245.8215.3
20094448.2214.5
20104447.4218.1
20114445.9224.9
20124546.0229.6
20134646.4233.0
20144948.6236.7
20154949.0234.8

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