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Speak Out: The Cheapest Stamp Rates You Remember

The cost of mailing a domestic letter increased by one penny to 45 cents Sunday. What's the lowest rate you remember?

As the cost of mailing a domestic letter increased for the first time in more than two years this week, many thought back to the days when it cost a little more than a few pennies to mail a written correspondence.

Here's what some of our Facebook fans wrote on the Manassas Patch page on Monday.

"I think I remember 12 cent stamps—am I OLD or what?"-Cindy Wayland

"I remember eight cents!"-Jody Schaffner-Swiech

"I think it's crazy that it keeps going up."-Chrissi Blasius

"I can remember 5 cents I believe...I can even picture the stamp. I am a stamp collector and have been an avid letter writer since my pre-teen years. I will never give up postal letter/note/card writing no matter how expensive stamps get." -Cindy Jones Clements

What's the lowest price your remember? Tell us in the comments under this story.

The cost never went above 3 cents, for the first 69 years of the U.S. Postal Service. The rate hit 4 cents on Aug. 4 1958, according to U.S. Postal Service historical data.

Here is a breakdown of the stamp cost increases over the past 50 years.

Jan. 7, 1963

5

Jan.  7, 1968

6

May 16, 1971

8

March 2, 1974

10

Dec. 31, 1975

13

May 29, 1978

15

March 22, 1981

18

Nov. 1, 1981

20

Feb. 17, 1985

22

April 3, 1988

25

Feb. 3, 1991

29

Jan. 1, 1995

32

Jan.  10, 1999

33

Jan. 7, 2001

34

June 30, 2002

37

Jan. 8, 2006

39

May 14, 2007

41

May 12, 2008

42

May 11, 2009

44

Jan. 22, 2012

45

Read more about the history of the U.S. Postal Service in the PDF pamphlet attached to the right of this article.

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