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Dating

General Dating Information

  • Government Postal Card
  • Pioneer (1893-1898)
  • Private Mailing Card (typically 1898-1901)
  • Undivided Back (1901-1907)
  • Divided Back (1907-1915)
  • White Border (1915-1930)
  • Linen (1930-1945)
  • Chrome (1939-Present day)

An additional way to narrow down the date is the postage required to send. Here is a list of the dates and the cost of stamps.

1872                                     1 cent
1917                                     2 cents 
1919                                     1 cent * 
1952                                     2 cents 
1958        (August 1)               3 cents 
1963        (January 7)              4 cents 
1968        (January 7)              5 cents 
1971        (May 16)                 6 cents 
1974        (March 2)                8 cents 
1975        (September 14)        7 cents ** 
1975        (December 31          9 cents 
1978        (May 29)                10 cents 
1981        (March 22)             12 cents 
1985        (February 17)         14 cents 
1988        (April 3)                 15 cents 
1991        (February 3)           19 cents 
1995        (January 1)             20 cents

*The postcard rate was increased from 1 cent to 2 cents as a wartime measure.  When World War I ended at the end of 1918, the rate was lowered to its pre-War level of one cent.  Allmer states (p. 17) that postage was raised briefly from 1 cent to 2 cents in 1917-1919 and in 1925-1928; the conclusive raise to 2 cents was in 1951.

**The U.S. Commission (Rate Board) over-estimated revenue needs in 1974 and was forced to reduce postage rate in 1975.


 


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