Cost of a first class U.S. postage stamp
compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 29 December 2018

Historical U.S. first class postage rates*

yearfirst class
postage rate,
cents (current)
first class
postage rate,
cents (2018 $)
CPI
1866349.015.4
1867352.614.3
1868354.813.8
1869357.113.2
1870359.712.7
1871363.711.8
1872363.711.8
1873365.111.6
1874368.411.0
1875370.910.6
1876372.610.4
1877374.410.2
1878378.09.7
1879378.09.7
1880376.29.9
1881376.29.9
1882376.29.9
1883251.89.7
1884252.99.5
1885254.09.3
1886255.29.1
1887254.69.2
1888254.69.2
1889256.48.9
1890257.08.8
1891257.08.8
1892257.08.8
1893257.78.7
1894260.38.3
1895261.88.1
1896261.88.1
1897262.68.0
1898262.68.0
1899262.68.0
1900261.88.1
1901261.18.2
1902260.38.3
1903259.08.5
1904258.38.6
1905259.08.5
1906257.78.7
1907255.29.1
1908256.48.9
1909257.08.8
1910254.69.2
1911254.69.2
1912252.49.4
1913251.39.9
1914250.710.0
1915249.710.1
1916246.510.9
1917238.612.8
1918351.315.1
1919244.617.3
1920224.020.0
1921228.517.9
1922230.116.8
1923229.617.1
1924229.617.1
1925228.717.5
1926228.417.7
1927228.517.4
1928229.417.1
1929229.417.1
1930229.916.7
1931233.315.2
1932236.913.7
1933359.313.0
1934356.213.4
1935355.013.7
1936354.613.9
1937352.314.4
1938353.414.1
1939354.613.9
1940353.414.0
1941351.314.7
1942346.216.3
1943343.117.3
1944342.817.6
1945341.618.0
1946340.319.5
1947334.222.3
1948331.324.1
1949331.523.8
1950331.724.1
1951329.126.0
1952328.426.5
1953328.126.7
1954328.026.9
1955328.226.8
1956327.727.2
1957326.828.1
1958326.128.9
1959434.529.1
1960433.929.6
1961433.729.9
1962433.330.2
1963541.030.6
1964540.531.0
1965539.731.5
1966538.832.4
1967537.733.4
1968643.434.8
1969641.236.7
1970638.838.8
1971849.540.5
1972848.241.8
1973845.544.4
19741051.349.3
19751046.953.8
19761357.556.9
19771353.860.6
19781557.865.2
19791552.172.6
19801545.682.4
19811849.990.9
19822051.896.5
19832050.599.6
19842048.4103.9
19852251.4107.6
19862250.5109.6
19872248.7113.6
19882553.2118.3
19892550.6124.0
19902548.3130.7
19912953.6136.2
19922952.0140.3
19932950.4144.5
19942949.2148.2
19953252.7152.4
19963251.3156.9
19973250.1160.5
19983249.3163.0
19993349.9166.6
20003348.1172.2
20013448.0177.1
20023751.7179.9
20033750.6184.0
20043749.0188.9
20053747.8195.3
20063948.3201.6
20074149.4207.3
20084248.2215.3
20094451.2214.5
20104450.7218.1
20114449.0224.9
20124549.2229.6
20134649.5233.0
20144951.6236.7
20154951.6237.0
20164749.0240.0
20174950.2245.1
20185049.8251.2
2019 Jan5554.8 

* Postal rates as of July 1, base rate for first 1/2-ounce or first ounce; CPI annual averages.

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