The cost of mailing a letter these days is sky high. It’s never stopped me from sending out a Christmas card or letter though. But I will admit that I try to economize, my holiday lists grow smaller every year. If I send a gift, often I think about the cost of the postage involved and try to give gifts that are smaller and easier to send. And nowadays we have options, we can purchase a gift online and have it sent directly to the lucky recipient.
I often wonder what it was like to send a letter back in the 1800’s. How did they decide on cost? Here’s a list of postal rates from 1815 from Maine to Georgia:
A single letter of any distance not exceeding 10 miles was 6 cents.
Over 60 but not exceeding 100 miles was 10 cents.
Over 10 but not exceeding 100 miles was 12 cents.
Over 100 miles but not exceeding 150 miles was 12 cents.
Over 150 miles but not exceeding 200 miles was 15 cents.
Over 250 but not exceeding 300 miles was 20 cents.
Over 300 miles but not exceeding 450 miles was 22 cents.
Over 450 miles was 25 cents.
In 1865 free delivery of mail was provided in cities of 50,000 people or more. Then in 1873 free delivery was granted to cities of 20,000 or more. And in 1886 free delivery began in cities of 10, 000 people or more. Double letters cost the double the price.
Today I buy Forever Stamps, because the cost of mailing a letter seems to increase so rapidly. There’s so many fun stamps these days to depict a certain person, event or occasion.
Of course, we always have our trusted internet to provide free email and blogs to you. So my question is for all of you: Do you still send Christmas cards and Holiday greetings through the U.S Post Office? Or do you send emails to your friends and family? Maybe a combination of both? Today, I chose this blog to send you my holiday greetings! I hope to see you all next year on Petticoats and Pistols and wish you all a safe and happy holiday!